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Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure

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I started looking up her references for a musical background to my reading and also some of the places that struck my fancy. I have recommended the book to many of my friends and when I finish it, I had a bitter sweet feeling - happy that I read it all, but sad that it was over. This was Rajesh’s second epic train adventure, as she had previously travelled alone around India (also in 80 trains). I understand this gets into a lot of philosophical sticky wickets about privilege and what it really means to travel and experience other cultures, etc. A couple of hawkers started to work their way up the carriage, one selling fish cakes and noodles, the other dragging an ice bucket stacked with cans of Nescafe…A Dutch family swapped a few of their bananas for a couple of my Snickers bars and between us we were managing to forge a pretty decent meal.

These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. All through the book the author mentions things photographed and towards the end of the book they even have a travelling companion who is a professional photographer and the photos included are very few. A refreshing take on the world that isn’t from someone who isn’t from a conventional background and who is prepared to engage and interact with the people who she meets, rather than merely observe. 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. 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.Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in train travel - this book is about a truly epic train odyssey! I was expecting this book to be a travel-guide, written by an adventurous woman in her 30s who has travelled around India by trains before and enjoys backpacking. So used to the carpet of crisps and cans of Carling on British trains, I couldn't imagine anyone collecting their own rubbish, let alone being grateful for someone else's.

This was a book that took me to many amazing places around the world and helped to (briefly) satisfy my constant desire to travel.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. 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.

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