I’m not really much of a fan of snow, but even I was left speechless when I saw this much snow (pictures below). I was in the part of Croatia called Lika…It was around 10 degrees in the air in Split, Mediterranean part of Split and the start point of my journey. I sat on a night train that was leaving Split around 21 h and it was supposed to reach Zagreb around 07.20 the next morning. Now every law of physics, logical, common, rational thinking would say that this train is a rather slow one. Croatia is a really small country, with not such a bad infrastructure, but the train connection between Split and Zagreb, (reference to night trains) is really interesting. I’m not calling it a bad train connection, because it can be really enjoyable…you meet people, you get to sleep and get a whole couchette for yourself. Yap, it definitely has good sides! The thing that I didn’t understand and that has caused a lots of controversy and provoked an avalanche of laughter (only after I left the ticket office at the train station) was the fact that the lady who was selling the tickets actually tried to convince me that this TRAIN is the FAST train, and that this train connection is a REALTIVELY FAST one! I didn’t get angry, nor did I try to prove her wrong by saying that it takes around 10 hours from Split to Zagreb (it usually takes 5 hours…or less), because she actually believed what she was saying, so I just left the office with the ticket in my hand, and I burst into laughter. (I wonder if she has ever taken this train?)
The funny thing was that due to the bad weather conditions and lots of snow on the way, the train was running late, so instead of scheduled 10 hours, it took 12 hours.
But I enjoyed it. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was observing the snowflakes coming heavily down. The only thing that lacks in this train, is a bar..it would be great to wake up around 5 a.m., sip a morning coffee and enjoy the landscape!