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I kept expecting to say that you woke up from a nightmare! What a chilling experience ...
By: The Broad on November 10, 2014
My goodness you two lived life on the edge. Hoping it is nothing more than your fertile imagination after a few drinks.
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 10, 2014
whoa....very scary indeed
By: Oma Linda on November 10, 2014
Daniel, although I've been known to embellish from time to time, this is exactly as I remembered it.
By: Chubby Chatterbox on November 10, 2014
And this is why I stay at home and just read your travel experiences. This one was fun! For me.
By: Cranky on November 10, 2014
Yikes- that must have been so scary. The worst thing like that while we have been traveling was on the Paris to Lisbon train and when stopped in Spain a bunch of gypsies got on board and tried to steal our stuff...we fought back and they left. Nothing as scary as what you endured.
By: Kathe W. on November 10, 2014
i had hoped it was just a nightmare, too! sadly, it was a real-life one!
By: TexWisGirl on November 10, 2014
I have to admit I was almost hoping they would get in your carriage just so I could read that you beat the vandals to a pulp with your bare fists. :D
By: LL Cool Joe on November 10, 2014
Oh that sounds terrible. I wonder if those people were human traffickers looking for prey.
By: Michael Offutt on November 10, 2014
That sounds pretty scary. Good thing you didn't get hurt.
By: PT Dilloway on November 10, 2014
I can relate somewhat, Stephen. As a kid, my parents and I traveled to Bulgaria via jet from Toronto, Canada to Yugoslavia. From Yugoslavia to Sofia, it was via trains and a bus. On the return trip, after one of these old trains we were aboard stopped, my mother was pushed--we were told--by Gypsies and she took quite a fall onto the pavement. Your trip sounded far more dangerous!
By: Michael Manning on November 10, 2014
Wow! That must have been a very terrifying experience. I traveled on the trains in Europe back in '85 but never had anything like that happen.
By: Catalyst on November 10, 2014
None of my train trips in Europe were so frightening! The conductor was probably hiding, too.
By: mimi on November 10, 2014
Wow- that sounds incredibly scary! Quick thinking about using your belt..I would have been so frightened. I'm glad you were not hurt.
By: Coloring Outside the Lines on November 10, 2014
Did you ever find out where the other passengers were?
By: fishducky on November 10, 2014
What a horrifying experience.Thank goodness for the belt. I too am wondering about the other passengers and wonder why didn't the train pull out before the hooligans got on board? That kind of stuff takes the glamour out of traveling.
By: Akansas Patti on November 10, 2014
But what about your pants? I certainly hope they didn't fall down. I'm sure you mother told you to wear a belt. Because she's an expert on proper attire.
By: Val on November 10, 2014
That would certainly have scared me. When traveling in a foreign country you have the disadvantage of not knowing the language.
By: red on November 10, 2014
I, too, kept thinking that this would turn out to be "just" a nightmare!
By: Pixel Peeper on November 10, 2014
I think you're very brave to travel as much as you do. But now I believe you travel with tour groups. Good. The world isn't a safe place. (Says the person who's never traveled anywhere except Canada and Egypt.)
By: Lexa Cain on November 10, 2014
That is a helluva story and a bit frightening too. Your recounting of it made me want to grab the conductor by his jacket and shake him a bit. Arrogant and uncaring jack ass that he seemed to be! Glad you had the presence of mind to protect Mrs. C.
By: Tom Cochrun on November 10, 2014
That would have been intense. Sounds like you handled it amazingly.
By: Rick Watson on November 10, 2014
That's terrifying. Did you ever learn where the other passengers were? Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on November 10, 2014
You kept your head in a moment of real danger, truly well done!
By: John on November 11, 2014
Smart, quick thinking. That's scary.
By: Scott Park on November 11, 2014
Thankfully, you had that McGyver moment and used your belt to lock you in.
By: Hilary on November 11, 2014
Stephen that's a horrible experience to go through. how brave of you to protect mrs c and where was the conductor the whole time. are you sure it wasn't a dream?
By: Fran on November 11, 2014
It seems to be a bit of a mystery why the train stopped at all and why there were no train police that patrol the tracks. Good thinking on your part. I'm surprised it didn't put you off travel for good.
By: Madeleine McLaughlin on November 12, 2014
When the Roman Empire fell, it went all of the way down--huh?
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on November 12, 2014
By: The Bug on November 13, 2014
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