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train : Bruce Peck Adventures

36 Hour Train to Tibet

If we had any trepidations about going to Tibet on this trip, they were alleviated when we learned the Dalai Lama gave his okay for his supporters to go as tourists. But how to get there? Well, that was never in question… The highest elevated train in the world, of course! Arrival in Lhasa The Qinghai-Lhasa railway is so high that they pump oxygen into the train cars (its highest point is almost 17,000 feet over sea-level). Apparently it’s... Read More

Things I’m Grateful for: Lines

As we’ve traveled, we’ve seen countless differences in the way individuals and groups behave in the course of their daily lives. Some make us wonder why we don’t do it that way at home, but others make us grateful we do it the way we do. Today, I’m grateful for lines — the kind that people stand in. Lines that have approximately 2 feet of space between people. Lines where you might strike up a conversation with your... Read More

Clueless in China: Not Face Cream

I’m on a long train ride in China from Guilin to Jishou (valuable time to write) and there are officials coming through the train car selling different things with an elaborate pitch that keeps the passengers captivated for 5-10 minutes. First came the portable eating utensils kit (mini-fork, ity-bity spoon and collapsable chop-sticks), then the portable unbreakable make-up mirror, which was slammed on the ground a few times to prove its effectiveness... Read More