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Re: The Worst Train in the World

FlashFlyer ·
What an amazing trip! A real reminder of when few traveled and it was not a packaged experience. I wish I had the guts to do a trip like this. Thank you for sharing it! Do you think with Burma more open these days things will change much, or will people like me show up in the cities and still not go where you went?
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Re: The Worst Train in the World

DrFumblefinger ·
A fascinating journey and, I think, very well suited to the younger crowd. Thanks for sharing this story with us. I felt like I was on that ride with you!
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Re: The Worst Train in the World

PortMoresby ·
Thanks FlashFlyer. The thing about adventures like this is you have no idea what an adventure it'll be until it happens and you can't get out of it even if you want to. So, no guts required. Yes, Burma will certainly change, has already. Currently not enough infrastructure for those wanting to visit but if you've traveled in Asia you know the entrepreneurial spirit is alive & well and it won't be long, I suspect, before it will come to resemble other parts of the region. So, good news as...
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Re: The Worst Train in the World

GarryRF ·
I hope that wasn't your last venture into third world high speed travel. Reminds me of Austria on the Zillertal Bahn Valley Railway. The Train went so slow that passengers would lean out and pick wild flowers from the trackside. Each carriage had warning notices - in English - not to do this. But ....
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Re: The Worst Train in the World

PortMoresby ·
If I live it won't be my last. Just prior to that one, same trip, I'd gone from Guilin to Nanning, then after lunch got on another, overnight to Hanoi. Later overnight again, Hanoi to Hoi An. Now that I think about it I realize they got progressively worse as I went along, culminating in The Worst. I hadn't thought about it until just this minute, hindsight is a wonderful thing that way. A great disappointment to me several years ago was the apparently permanent cancellation of the Hanoi to...
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Re: The Worst Train in the World

Theodore Behr ·
That's a real cool story, PortMoresby! I like my wheels to rubber, not steel, but what a great trip!
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Re: The Worst Train in the World

John Howard ·
My brother says that he would love to travel to countries like this. He says it would be really cool to travel on a train like this. I think I'm more of a Europe guy, but it would be a really cool experience to go on a train like that.
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Re: The Worst Train in the World

GarryRF ·
It isn't cool to travel on a train where you get thrown around in the carriage because the tracks are warped with age John ! Many journeys take 24 hours of hanging on like a Roller Coaster ! That's just in Asia. You'll be fine in Europe.
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Re: The Worst Train in the World

Jill's Scene ·
Fascinating read! If I do take this train trip, and it's currently included in the plan, for our hoped for trip to Mynamar later this year, I can't say I wasn't warned. Coming from a country that shakes, rattles, and rolls pretty much every day there were two things about the earthquake that worried me. First, it was big enough to produce screams!! Second, it seems that no-one bothered to check the tracks before the train left the station. And so as I was reading I expected a derailment -...
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Re: The Worst Train in the World

PortMoresby ·
Jill, one thing I didn't think to say when I wrote this report is, consider buying 2nd class seats. I could see into the next car, as it swayed in the opposite direction from ours, and it was fitted with wooden benches, presumably bolted down and consequently a less harrowing ride. It may be more crowded but also more interesting.
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Jill's Scene ·
That's a very handy tip, thanks.
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The Worst Train in the World

PortMoresby ·
The earthquake should have been a clue.  But having rather enjoyed the ride, as I have since childhood in an earthquake-prone part of the world, it didn't occur to me that it might be a warning.  I should have listened.   I'm seriously...
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Nepal's new airliner comes packed with relief supplies

PHeymont ·
Nepal Airlines took delivery of its second new A320 in Hamburg yesterday (April 29) and, taking advantage of the planned delivery flight, German relief agencies loaded it with 5 tons of relief supplies for the earthquake stricken nation. A team of...
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How Japanese Photographers Captured The Big 9.0 Quake

Travel Rob ·
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston  is having an exhibition, April 5 through July 12, called  'In the Wake /Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11.' This exhibition is divided into two sections, one focusing on the earthquake and tsunami and...
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New life for Italy's 'ghost towns'

PHeymont ·
Italy has numbers of abandoned villages, emptied by earthquakes, landslides or economic losses, and some of them are now being brought back to life as resorts, artists' colonies and more.   A recent article on TheLocal.it gave some examples,...
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Italy's museums donate fees for earthquake relief

PHeymont ·
Italy's state-run museums show solidarity with earthquake-damaged areas by donating their Sunday takings to relief efforts.
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San Francisco's de Young Museum

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby has a good look at the de Young Museum's most recent incarnation in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
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San Lorenzo Zinacantán, Chiapas

PortMoresby ·
After a lively morning in Chamula on Day of the Dead, PortMoresby has a shopping opportunity along with a sobering education in the geology of southern Mexico.
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Antigua, Guatemala: A Walking Tour, Part 1

Lestertheinvestor ·
Antigua is one of Guatemala's oldest cities, and has some of its best-preserved colonial buildings—at least in part because after 1776 it was nearly-abandoned for 150 years. LestertheInvestor shows us around.
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Santiago de Cuba's cathedral of hard knocks

PHeymont ·
Santiago de Cuba's Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is a well-polished gem with a long history of disaster and plunder behind it.
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Re: Antigua, Guatemala: A Walking Tour, Part 1

DrFumblefinger ·
Great photos and wonderful descriptions! We visited Antigua many years ago, but it was shrouded in the day we were there and we didn't get to see the famous volcanoes. It seems I missed much on my exploration of the city, but some of these sites are familiar. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to part II.
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Re: Antigua, Guatemala: A Walking Tour, Part 1

Marilyn Jones ·
I really enjoyed this post and the beautiful photos of Guatemala!!
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