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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Light Rail and Bus)!

This past weekend Anders and I traveled to Chicago for a mutual friend's wedding. In honor of our Swansea days, we decided to switch it up and go old school.

What's old school do you ask? Traveling without an iPod??

No, my friend, we went by rail. I loved the days when I criss-crossed Europe by train, and I figured it was about time I did so state-side.

I'm happy to report the ride on Amtrak was smooth, comfortable, relaxing, and showed me a beautiful part of the Midwest that I had never seen before. In other words, it was everything an airplane can never be.

The wedding was great, dancing with the old Wales crew was incredibly fun, and reminiscing with everyone was both happy and sad. We flew back home, and to keep our public-transportation kick going, caught the light rail and a bus back to the Amtrak station where we had parked just a few days prior.

Has anyone else out there traveled by Amtrak? What's up with Americans being so against trains and public transportation in general?


Samir said...

Doesn't quite answer your question about why people are against trains, but check this out.


Addie O said...

Sadly, trains are having a tough time competing with planes across the pond. While they are more scenic, who's going to turn down round trip tickets for £20? The low cost airlines are squeezing a lot of trains out. However, Eurostar is still pretty rad!

Long live the scenic route! Except on my £50 roundtrip to Nice :)

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