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Never ending train trip.

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My journey started at 03:00 am. I woke up in the middle of the night, changed clothes and locked the house. Walked till the Romana square to find a taxi. Went to agency to drop the key to the guard so he can give it back to my boss Dragos. Told the taxi driver to wait for me till I come back. After dropping the keys I come back and asked to the driver to drop me in train station. My train was at 05:45 am. I came earlier than I expected. So I looked around and learned the area. I found the line of my train and started waiting in front of it. There were some other people around. Not much. Maybe 3 or 5 of them. All looking very tired, half sleepy. There was one guy waiting in the opposite line. He tried to stand up from where he was sitting but he just felt down. Then he hold the chair and raise his body somehow but he was hardly standing. He shouted some things around which didn’t make any sense to me. Then he tried to walk some but every time he did that he just felt again. After some minutes he unbuttoned his pants. I didn’t understand what he was doing but then I saw he started to pee over his pants. Then he walked around with his wet pants. Meanwhile there was still one hour to my train and I was feeling hungry already. So I went back and bought a sandwich and some snacks to eat later on in the train. I also bought a bottle of water as well.

Sabah覺n 03:00′覺nda uyan覺yorum ve 羹st羹m羹 deitirip d覺ar覺 癟覺k覺yorum. 襤lk yapmam gereken ey evin anahtar覺n覺 ajans覺n bek癟isine b覺rakmak. Ama yoldan bir tane bile taksi ge癟miyor. Romana meydan覺na y羹r羹yorum. Oradaki durakta bir taksi bulaca覺m覺 umut ederek gecenin karanl覺覺nda bavulun tekerlekleriyle yapt覺覺m g羹r羹lt羹den rahats覺z olsam da koca bavulu s覺rt覺mda ta覺yacak halim yok. Zaten s覺rt覺mda da s覺rt 癟antam var. Taksi beni g繹r羹r g繹rmez yan覺ma gelip duruyor. nce ajansa gidiyoruz, anahtar覺 b覺rak覺yorum. Oradan da tren gar覺na var覺yoruz. 襤niyorum ama saat daha erken. Trenimin gelmesine bir bu癟uk saat var. Etraf覺 kefediyorum. Tren hangi alana gelicek onu 繹reniyorum. Sonra da oturup bekliyorum. Etrafta bir ka癟 kii var farkl覺 yerlerde farkl覺 trenleri bekleyen. Hepsi 癟ok yorgun ya da bitkin g繹r羹n羹yorlar. Bi adam var kar覺 tarafta oturuyor. Kalkmak i癟in sandalyenin kol癟aklar覺ndan g羹癟 alarak kendini itip yere yap覺覺yor. Sonra gene s羹r羹ne s羹r羹ne kalk覺yor. Ne i癟mi belli deil ama zil zurna sarho. Ayn覺 adam sonra 羹st羹ne iemeye bal覺yor. Pantolonu s覺r覺ls覺klam oluyor. Bir adam gelip onu kald覺r覺yor. Yan覺na oturup onunla sohbet ediyor. Adam Romanca bile pek konuam覺yor, haliyle benim 襤ngilizce olarak bu adama ayn覺 muameleyi yapmam pek m羹mk羹n deildi. Hele ki 癟antalar覺m ve i癟indekilerle. Karn覺m ac覺k覺yor, gidip bi sandwich yiyorum. antama da 2 paket abur cubur ve bir ie su al覺yorum. Trenim o esnada gelmi oluyor. Gidip koltuumu buluyorum.

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Finally my train arrived and my journey started. First of all I found my couch but it was next to a woman and there were people opposite of me as well. It was a bit uncomfortable to sit with these old ladies and I changed my seat after the train moved. I found an empty seat, took out my laptop, pluged it to electric and watched 5 movies one by one. There was no internet and no other stuff to do as well. The water I bought wasn’t a still water. It was actually soda and I hated it :) I was thirsty but soda didn’t help me much. I found a guy who sell things in the train. But he also had soda not normal water. Plus he was selling them only with Lei. Not with Euro. This trip took 13 hours till the Budapest, Hungary! During the trip we passed by forests, lakes, cities, villages, mountains and everything you can imagine. It was hell of a long trip. Many times train stopped to get more people inside from different stops. And every time some police officers came in and checked my passport again and again. Asked me questions. Why do I going to Germany? Why I took a schengen visa from Italy? And many more like those. Police was only one part, there were also the train crew who checks the tickets. Just 1 hour before my arrive to Budapest one guard told me my ticket is not real. He said it is just a reservation ticket not a real ticket. Because the price was only 3 euros on it and it must be 25 euros. So he made me paid that 25 euros as well. At the end I was finally in Budapest, out of the stupid train. I was feeling quite hungry and I went to eat something with a guy from the train ride. He was the only guy who cared and asked me what is going on during my negotiation with guards about my ticket. After the food we drunk a coffee together and then went through to our new train.

Koltuum yal覺 teyzelerin aras覺nda bir koltuk. Pek rahat edemiyorum. Tren hareket edince kalk覺p bo bir yere gidiyorum. Her koltuun yan覺nda priz var. Laptop’u 癟覺kar覺p ardarda 5 film izliyorum. Bu arada ald覺覺m su vard覺 ya. Onun gazoz olduu ortaya 癟覺k覺yor. Hi癟 de sevmem gazozu. Trende bir eyler satan bir adam buluyorum ama o adam da su deil gazoz sat覺yor. stelik sadece Romanya paras覺 kabul ediyor. B羹kre’ten Budapete’ye olan bu yolculuk tam 13 saat s羹r羹yor. Pek uyuyam覺yorum. Hatta hi癟 uyuyam覺yorum. Tren 癟ok duruyor devaml覺 bilet g繹revlileri ya da s覺n覺r polisleri gelip pasaportuma ya da biletime bak覺yorlar. Neden Almanya’ya gidiyorum? Eer Almanya’ya gidiyorsam neden Schengen vizemi 襤talya’dan alm覺覺m gibi sorular覺 cevapl覺yorum. st羹ne bir de biletimin B羹kre – Budapete olan k覺sm覺n覺n sadece rezervasyon olduu ve ger癟ek biletin al覺nmad覺覺 ortaya 癟覺k覺yor. Zaten ben de bu biletin nas覺l 3 euro olduunu anlam覺yordum. Meer o sadece rezervasyon 羹cretiymi. Trende 25 euro bilet i癟in 繹deme yap覺yorum. Neyse ki yan覺mda para var, olmayadabilirdi 癟羹nk羹 癟ou yolculuumda 羹zerimde bir ey olmuyor. (u kaybolan 5000tl’yi hat覺rlatmayacaks覺n覺z deil mi?) Neyse sonunda tren Budapete’ye var覺yor ve ben trende konutuum bir adamla inip yemek yiyorum. Bu adam benim bilet skandal覺nda bana yard覺mc覺 olan tek kiiydi. Bir M覺s覺r restoran覺nda tavuk d繹ner yiyoruz. Tad覺 g繹r羹nt羹s羹nden 癟ok daha g羹zel geliyor ya da ben inan覺lmaz a癟覺m. Sonra bir kahve i癟ip dier trene gidiyoruz. Gene ayn覺 trende ama bu sefer farkl覺 vagonlarda olaca覺z. Dolay覺s覺yla vedala覺yoruz. Bir daha da onu g繹rm羹yorum.

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We were in different wagons in the next train so didn’t see him any more. New train was even worse than the first one. This time the seats were for six people in very tiny small rooms. It was very crowded, no empty seats, no electric plugs, no internet again. There were some other wagons with beds just for 15 euros more. I could give 25 more to have one instead of going to Berlin like a horse in a train. It was super uncomfortable. I didn’t even take of my laptop in the tiny room because there was no place to put it and secondly I thought it could be a bad idea to show my mac book pro all around. I was very tired and probably I will fall asleep. Anyway second train took 13 hours as well. It was the next day 09:50 train just arrived to Berlin main station.

Bu tren ilkinden daha da beter 癟覺k覺yor. K羹癟羹k odac覺klarda 6 kiilik koltuk tak覺mlar覺 i癟inde gidiyoruz. Her koltuk dolu. Her odac覺k insan kayn覺yor. 襤nternet gene yok hatta bu sefer bir priz bile yok. 13 saat de bu ekilde d羹nyan覺n en konforsuz yolculuuna bal覺yorum. Arkam覺zda yatakl覺 vagonlar varm覺 ve fiyat覺 sadece 15 euro daha fazlaym覺. Ben o an 25 euro daha fazla vermeye haz覺rd覺m ama bu durumdan haberim yoktu. Bilgisayar覺m覺 falan 癟覺kar覺p yeni bir film izleyecek hem yerim hem enerjim yoktu. Ayr覺ca tan覺mad覺覺m bu adamlar覺n aras覺nda az sonra uyuyaca覺m覺 da bilerek bilgisayar覺m覺 癟覺karmak istemiyordum. Nerede inecekleri belli olmayan bu adamlar bilgisayar覺 kap覺p gidebilirler pekala. Yolun b羹y羹k bir b繹l羹m羹nde ara ara uyan覺p pasaport g繹stererek de olsa uyumay覺 baar覺yorum. Uyumak ama nas覺l ilgin癟 hallerde bir bilseniz. Muhtemelen 繹n羹m羹zdeki 1 hafta s覺rt ar覺s覺 癟ekeceim…

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My contact in Berlin Georg wasn’t around. I looked for him but couldn’t see him. I went to front door, back door, but no, I couldn’t see him around. I had no credit on my Turkish phone so I couldn’t call him. Probably he couldn’t call me as well just because I don’t have credit again. Because international calls charge me as well. I asked for a public phone but then I saw that they use euro coins. Not a special card to buy. So I tried to look for a wifi spot around and I found one for free. It just asked me some questions like an online survey. I completed it and they unlock free wifi for 30 minutes. I wrote to George that I arrived and waiting for him. He also told me he already came but went back since he couldn’t find me. Anyway he came again and met with me. He took me to his place and I dropped my bags. So that’s the short story of my Budapest adventure. Nothing much instead of the train thing.

Berlin’e var覺yorum. Buradaki balant覺m Georg beni gelip alaca覺n覺 s繹ylemiti. Kimseyi g繹rm羹yorum. 襤stasyonun g羹zelliini izleyerek kap覺ya gidiyorum. Bekliyorum ama kimse gelmiyor. Sonra 繹reniyorum ki bir kap覺 daha varm覺. Georg bana hangi kap覺da beklemem gerektiini s繹ylemedi. O y羹zden bir o kap覺ya bir 繹b羹r kap覺ya gidip bekliyorum ama Georg gelmiyor. Telefonumda kontor olmad覺覺 i癟in arayam覺yorum. Uluslararas覺 konumalarda bana da yazd覺覺 i癟in kontorum de olmay覺nca insanlar beni arayam覺yorlar. Telefon 癟alm覺yor bile. Ankes繹rl羹 telefonlar覺 kullan覺y覺m diyorum ama euro ile ve bozuk parayla 癟al覺覺yorlar. Kart gibi bir ey sat覺n al覺p kullanam覺yorum bizdeki gibi. Sonra wi-fi noktas覺 aramaya bal覺yorum istasyonda ve buluyorum bir tane. K覺sa bir anket sonras覺nda 30 dakikal覺k bedava wi-fi veriliyor. Bu sayede whats app 羹zerinden Georg’a ula覺yorum. Gelip beni al覺yor ve kalaca覺m yere g繹t羹r羹yor. Georg iri yap覺l覺, kibar ve Alman’dan 癟ok Hintli karakterine sahip bir adama benziyor. Neyse sonu癟 olarak Budapete’de bir ey olmuyor. Trenle ge癟erken 繹yle kap覺dan 癟覺k覺p biraz bak覺nmak d覺覺nda buraya dair tek yaant覺m o tren istasyonunda arkada覺mla yediim tavuk d繹ner oluyor…