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Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure Paperback – January 23, 2020
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing (January 23, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1408869772
- ISBN-13 : 978-1408869772
- Item Weight : 10.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.76 x 0.91 x 5.08 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #132,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I learned a lot about different trains. The fastest train in the world is in Beijing. The top speed of this train is 268 miles per hour. It would be an amazing experience for me to travel that fast. I learned there is a train called the Reunification Express in Vietnam. It goes from Hanoi to Saigon in Vietnam. I never even knew that train travel is available in Vietnam. I would love to ride on the Venice Orient Express. It travels through Italy and all of Europe . I would love to see the Dolomite mountains in Italy while riding on this train.
The author even travelled to Japan and rode the bullet train. I would to ride on this fast train and eat delicious Japanese food. I even learned two Japanese words in this chapter of the book. I learned that sakura means cherry and that kodama means echo. I hope I can use these two words when conversing with another Japanese person. I am in love with the idea of travelling by train because of this book.
The focus is of course on the train experience but It's also a very interesting insight on different parts of the world, different cultures and different travel companions.
Fun to read, pages go very fast with new and interesting experiences at any chapter.
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And I found her condescending. *Spoiler alert* - here is an excerpt from page 46 “Tour groups to my mind comprise people who lack the initiative to discover a new place, relying on parroted information that may or may not be true”.
Tour groups generally consist of those, in my experience, who don’t have the money or the time to do the type of journeys that the author can!. I do tours myself, research before I go and find my limited leave usefully filled by the simple experience of travelling somewhere new and seeing things with my own eyes!. Initiative is wonderful but since other authors have written books about train travel eg Theroux then maybe the author child have shown a bit more ‘initiative’ and done something entirely different ?.
I just don’t enjoy her books and if you do then great, I’m pleased you do but I just find that she never sounds very happy with things so ask myself why she bothers.
Not an enjoyable read.
But I couldn't connect with the author on this journey I'm afraid. I gave up on it at the beginning of the 'Southwest Chief' chapter which given the interesting subject took some doing. I'd had enough of the supercilious comments about fellow travellers in the previous chapters and the opening paragraph of that one offered no prospect of respite.
A great example of "don't judge a book by its cover!