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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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. Packing up her rucksack - and her fiancé, Jem - Monisha embarks on an unforgettable 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. 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. I rated this book 4 stars because it captures some of the downsides to overtourism that I have come to loathe. Then she dismisses the entire continent of Europe and the first 15 trains of her journey in one chapter and tells us how painfully dull and mundane it all was.

A wonderful account of the diversity of life and the inhumanity that is part and parcel of our world told with such grace, courage and humour.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. 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. 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. They have heard bad things, which seem to be confirmedwhen, on the train from Riga to Moscow, they are the only passengers subjected to a prolonged and slightly rough check of their cabin and luggage – they are also the only brown people on the train.

Monisha Rajesh is an author and journalist whose writing has appeared in Time magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph in which she wrote a monthly column about travelling the world by train. Born in Norfolk and mostly raised in Yorkshire - with a brief stint in Madras - she currently lives in London with her husband and daughter. She is such a snob about older-is-better that she is predisposed to hate Japan’s clean, fast, punctual trains. I loved Monisha Rajesh's Around India in 80 trains, and have been looking forward to reading this one.Rajesh 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. It is good reading in our current time of restricted travel in 2020, and does make you want to get out and see the world, and enjoy it by train.

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. It takes a while for things to get going in this book, and at one level, I'm glad it doesn't have some of the frenzy of the first book. 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.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. Here, they do a big loop of the USA and Canada before flying back to China in time for a guided tour of North Korea. WINNER OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER AWARD FOR BEST TRAVEL BOOKSHORTLISTED FOR THE STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD’Monisha Rajesh has chosen one of the best ways of seeing the world. I was always fascinated to find out more about other countries and cultures and this book gave me a window into some of the most amazing counties around the globe. The author is a journalist and her fiancé at the time, now husband, jacked in his job to accompany her.

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