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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The impression is that modern life has seeped into every last, once obscure corner of the Earth: Everyone has iPhones and tablets, everyone is wearing Nikes or Adidas, everyone seems to be on the same wavelength materially despite cultural and linguistic differences. 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. Rajesh has a chatty, witty, conversational writing style, coming across as very open and honest from the start, where she shares the discussions she and her fiance Jem had about the trip before deciding to travel together. The book club at work picked Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh for our December meeting and I’m so glad I was encouraged to read it. I can't imagine spending 7 months chasing trains across the world, staying in some difficult conditions and braving extreme weather, anxiety about having one's belongings checked, disappointment with some places, while keeping one's belongings for those months to a bare minimum.

A couple of hawkers started to work their way up the carriage, one selling fish cakes and noodles, the other dragging an ice bucket stacked with cans of Nescafe…A Dutch family swapped a few of their bananas for a couple of my Snickers bars and between us we were managing to forge a pretty decent meal. Monisha offers a wonderfully vivid account of life, history and culture in a book that will make you laugh out loud - and reflect on what it means to be a global citizen - as you whirl around the world in its pages.I did love this quote which she attributes to Charles Shultz, the creator of The Peanuts; “ In life, it’s Not Where You Go - it’s Who You Travel With. Packing up her rucksack – and her fiancé, Jem – Monisha embarks on an unforgettable seven-month-long adventure that will take her from London’s St Pancras station to the vast expanses of Russia and Mongolia, North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan, and beyond. Sadly, this book is no more than a superficial travel diary blog in book form of one of those travellers who always feels better then everyone else. Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall).

Filled with beautiful observations, some alarming interactions, and her genuine love for life on the tracks, I really lost myself in this one. Though it took me a while to get into, I picked the book back up this week and couldn't put it down until I finished. This was a book that took me to many amazing places around the world and helped to (briefly) satisfy my constant desire to travel. It shouldn’t have taken more than three hours from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, but we broke down three more times, finally stopping in the middle of the jungle where creepers with pink flowers dripped down towards the tracks. 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.Monisha tells us how much she loves train travel, it's in her blood, she just has to drop everything and travel the world for 7 months by train. I liked it for the updates on conditions in Tibet, Sinkiang, North Korea, as well as a look - albeit fleeting - on life in the hinterland of Russia and the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, as well as an interesting look at life today in Mongolia. WINNER OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER AWARD FOR BEST TRAVEL BOOK SHORTLISTED FOR THE STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD ‘Monisha Rajesh has chosen one of the best ways of seeing 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. Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Perhaps it was a simple misunderstanding, but Rajesh had failed to realise beforehand that Eurail passes only really save you money if you make a plan and stick to it. 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. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. We always read up about the history and learnt a lot about the particular country ourselves before going.It feels like a title that has been added as a marketing tool, although they so go on 80 trains - not that we hear about many of them. An interesting and at times inspiring journey, as much about the people met during the authors travels as the places visited. As other reviewers have said, it was not a trip round the World as Africa is not covered and neither is South America. was essentially “Around Asia with a brief chapter on North America, a complete gloss over Europe, and never venturing into Africa, Central or S America.

But it wasn’t long before she was carefully plotting a route that would cover 45,000 miles – almost twice the circumference of the Earth – coasting along the world’s most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. 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.

When she learns that some of the roughest sections of the journey are going to be upgraded she mourns it as negative thing. I certainly know not to go to a dry cleaner with my dirty clothes, but instead find a self-service laundry, if I want to have any money left. Packing up her rucksack – and her fiancé, 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. In a few hours we would be back in the smog and grind of Beijing, clogged with cars and angry people, and I wondered who really had the better lifestyle.

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