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 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. The quality of the trains varied enormously too, the cool precise efficiency of the Japanese Bullet trains that whisked them across the country to the Vietnamese trains that left a lot to be desired with the quality and reliability. They travel back and forth across the world, travelling through America, Canada, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and even a ventured into North Korea to see the public face of the dystopian state. This is a woman who poured her heart and soul in the book, her thoughts are there, good or bad, very realistic, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, sometimes sad, but in overal a great book. I would have liked to see more photos at the end of a chapter (not half way through) linked to that part off their travel.

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. Not at all what I was hoping for, I was hoping to travel without travelling but what I got was a book about judgemental and nieve girl who doesn’t seem to plan very well and comes across as very lazy. Monisha Rajesh’s second book is a tremendous global adventure, filled with memorable characters, locations and stories. Such rookie mistakes could have been amusing anecdotes, had they not been formulated as faults in the system itself, with Rajesh taking no responsibility for her own failures.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. Disappointing at times however that the author allows their own stereotypes and beliefs to cloud their view of others who may not share the exact same views. 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.

Jem was flicking through her notebook looking at the places they had been and the railways that they had travelled on. In some of the countries, she goes into a lot of detail, highlighting the political situation in Tibet or expanding on newsworthy stories to add depth to the narrative. For the past month, I've alternated between the unproductive wallowing in regret of not having taken a certain volunteer trip in the past and the equally unproductive daydreaming of my next travel location. 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.It must also be said that for a book whose title includes “around the world”, Rajesh does skip over quite a lot of the world. 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.

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. 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. Reading this book was like reading someone’s unfinished thoughts which float around from one subject to another, not finishing the previous point/ statement, with no conclusion. 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. 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.

elevation with no time to adjusting to altitude – this is frankly, dangerous, and on top of that, the author has been complaining in her book about the bad symptoms.

Packing up her rucksack – and her fiance, 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.They then catch the Trans-Mongolian Railway to Beijing, an 11-day journey including stopovers in Irkutsk, Siberia, to visit Lake Baikal (“the deepest, oldest and largest freshwater lake in the world”) and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, which turns out to be something of a disappointment: “The city’s old culture … had collapsed under the might of … KFCs and an Imax. I persevered to the end of the book in hope of getting some useful insights, but sadly they were few and far between.

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