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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Train: Vienna - Budapest

While waiting for the connecting train to Budapest I exchange some Euros for Hungarian currency (Forints). I also get information about this train - unlike what I've been told in Berlin, there actually is a first class section, it's not booked out and in fact, you don't even have to make bookings!

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The train is totally different to the ones I've travelled on - there are booths with six chairs. I end up having the whole booth to myself.

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For the first time since I've reached continental europe there are passport controls. Near the border towns I'm first checked by the Austrian authorities and then by the Hungarian. I even get two stamps in my passport!

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