Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure

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Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure

Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure

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Rajesh is determined to like the older, rougher trains the best and she does romanticise the lack of facilities, the delays and the smells. She's well aware of the pitfalls of giving money and attention to some of the nastiest regimes in the world and she does seem to make some efforts to get outside the bubbles of their propaganda. The irony being that I read a good chunk of this which covered the amazing efficiency of the Japanese rail system, whilst stuck on a replacement bus service for a couple of hours!

I can relate to the hype and the need to not let hype get in the way of one's personal experience of a sight/site, and still being disappointed. I would have preferred way more variety but we had huge chunks of book about China especially, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, Tibet. I understand this gets into a lot of philosophical sticky wickets about privilege and what it really means to travel and experience other cultures, etc. She has written for the London Evening Standard, The Guardian, TIME magazine and The New York Times.

With just twelve minutes until departure, the Sakura Shinkansen slid up with the stealth of a creep at a bar, and a woman stepped out carrying a bin bag.

Building upon the template of her first book, AROUND INDIA IN 80 TRAINS, Rajesh expands on the concept traveling the globe from Canada to China, North Korea and beyond. If there was one flaw though it is missing a map of her journeys and it would have been nice to have a list of the trains that she travelled on too.Some chapters read as though the author forgot to make any notes and so some countries fly by in a couple of sentences if at all. However, one thing I constantly disliked is that Rajesh choose to travel almost entirely in third class or the equivalent thereof, and I got bored reading about how disgusting each of these train cars and especially the restrooms were. It would have given some interesting structure to a what was essentially a diary, made up of recollections.

Part of the reason for travelling by train is that there is more opportunity to interact with the people around you, something that you don’t get travelling by car or even in a bus and I’m beginning to think that this is the way to travel. I was expecting this book to be a travel-guide, written by an adventurous woman in her 30s who has travelled around India by trains before and enjoys backpacking. As other reviewers have noted too, she complains about the state of the trains when she could clearly afford better - if you don't like it, don't do it; if you want to do it, don't bitch about it. I was always fascinated to find out more about other countries and cultures and this book gave me a window into some of the most amazing counties around the globe. A lot of the writing is breezy but that's nice in the current portentous day and age, but she sometimes has thoughtful digressions, musings on life, time, etc.She does reluctantly admit that they have their own character, and are not as sterile as she had expected, but she keeps her descriptions here very short. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Not at all what I was hoping for, I was hoping to travel without travelling but what I got was a book about judgemental and nieve girl who doesn’t seem to plan very well and comes across as very lazy. I was especially bothered by this on the Amtrak chapters, because she mentions more than once that only stoners and other degenerates ride Amtrak.

In a previous book the author spent three months hopping on and off trains on a 25,000-mile odyssey around India; this time she broadens her horizons and travels round the world. I found it fascinating but I was disappointed with the journey on the Trans Siberian train which I would love to do but now I'm not too sure, as the author didn't sell it to me. I couldn’t stand the negative, narrow-minded commentary and lack of descriptive depth of some of the world’s most wonderful train journeys any longer and gave up soon after New York. Packing up her rucksack - and her fiance, Jem - Monisha Rajesh embarks on an unforgettable adventure that takes her from London's St Pancras station to the vast expanses of Russia and Mongolia, North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan, and beyond. When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in 80 train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief.The cities she visits are also described as a person talking to a friend and not as a Lonely Planet guide (thought she did mention it but in a good way).

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