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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She also glosses over long stretches of the trip she did take, and it's unclear if she needed more space or just didn't talk to anyone interesting along the way.

A lot of the time in the book we only have fleeting glimpses from the train window of some of the countries they pass through. Secondly, I wouldn’t trust recommendations from a person who openly says she went to Tibet, through 0 elevation to 5k elevation on the train to 3. Entertaining 45,000 mile journey via rail to Europe, Asia, North America by a British journalist and her fiance. The journey is one of constant movement and mayhem, as the pair strike up friendships and swap stories with the hilarious, irksome and ultimately endearing travellers they meet on board, all while taking in some of the earth's most breathtaking views.China's cultural Revolution unfolded in the mid-1960s, driving the desecration of almost all of Tibet's monasteries, destroying libraries and paintings. It wasn't easy to get into at first, as she tended to skip around a bit, it wasn't exactly sequential, but once you get used to her style, it is really interesting and becomes a page-turner. 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. It can't really be read as a sequel because there's little apart from the author's experience in Indian trains, that gets carried forward to this book. This one is hard to rate - interesting read at times but I did find it hard to get through sometimes, and just wasn’t what I expected.

In fact, travelling through Tibet and meeting Tibetans on a Chinese train, Rajesh is a little embarrassed by the profuse thanks she is given by Buddhists for “her” country’s protection of the Dalai Lama. On reaching north-east China she and Jem skip about back-and-forth to cover Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan before hopping by plane to North America. 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. Despite Rajesh’s gripes about some of my favourite places in the world to take trains, this book succeeding in rekindling my love for rail travel and my very real wish to do more of it. The young Uighurs were regularly stopped and asked to hand over their phones for examination, and CCTV cameras above mosques ensured they didn't try to enter to pray.By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. So used to the carpet of crisps and cans of Carling on British trains, I couldn't imagine anyone collecting their own rubbish, let alone being grateful for someone else's. Then it’s homeward bound through northwest China, Kazakhstan and Russia, before heading through Poland and Germany to Italy, where they catch the the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, travelling in well-earned luxury to London. Prepare for a very fine ride' Michael PalinFrom the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet's Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Around the World in 80 Trains is a celebration of the glory of train travel and a witty and irreverent look at the world.

In a particularly fascinating chapter, Rajesh and Jem follow the route of the Death Railway through Thailand (it originally continued into Myanmar but that section no longer exists). Rajesh's quick-fire writing is unflinchingly frank , with details packed in as tightly as passengers on Mumbai's commuter trains. Also managed to squeeze in a couple of non-fiction titles too with Monisha Rajesh Around The World In 80 Trains, her follow up to the brilliant Around India In 80 Trains, which sees her tracking a course through Europe, Asia and the Americas.Propped up with pillows, holding a morning cup of tea, I could lean against the window and watch as villages, towns, cities, states and countries swept past, safe in the knowledge that I was going places, while also going nowhere. 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 read French at the University of Leeds and taught English at a high school in Cannes before studying postgraduate journalism at City University London. Monisha and her fiance set off from London and cover Moscow, Asian countries, America, Canada, Kazakhstan and many others.

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