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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Also the title of the book is very misleading - this is mainly a trip round Asia, North America and a little bit of Europe. 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.

This was a book that took me to many amazing places around the world and helped to (briefly) satisfy my constant desire to travel. Indeed, the scale of the endeavour – 80 trains of distinctly variable comfort, reliability and safety, travelling some 45,000 miles – would be enough to daunt even the most hardy adventurer. 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.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.

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. I also read Monisha’s first book - Around India in 80 trains - which I throughly enjoyed so I was very excited to read her second book.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. She took out time to reach out to the surviving family members of The Hiroshima and Nagasaki blasts and has listed in detail about the Japanese technology and traditions including the one with the Geisha. Africa, South America, Australia are never touched, and it's not a Phileas Fogg style circumnavigation. I love the writing of Theroux and Palin who colourfully describe their train travel with humor, interest and depth. I too found the author to be quite judgemental about how people travel (and it is because if this, that I didn’t warm to the author).

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