11/30/2012

World Train System

Speed Rail System
With Halloween, Day Light Savings, and the election now behind us, Fall is in full swing, and soon enough, Winter will be upon us. For the past few weeks, I've been contemplating where, oh where I'll be traveling this Christmas Break. Last year, I hitchhiked up to New York, New York, and the year before that, I backpacked (and thumbed it) to Orlando, Florida. But this year, I don't really know where I want to go.

Somewhere in Central or South America would be nice. I would really love to spend a week or two on a warm, tropical beach, but such plans have hit a minor road block: it would take the entire break just to hitchhike there and back. Even driving my own car way down south (given the time and gas required) would be impractical. And, I certainly don't have the money to pay for a plane ticket.

So what about trains? As it stands now, the farthest south that I can get via the rails is New Orleans. On top of that, traveling to The Big Easy by rail takes 15 hours. Driving there only takes ten. In England, France, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, and Japan I've ridden on bullet trains. Trains that instead increasing transit times 150% cut them in half.  But, here in the Americas, these trains simply don't exist.

Maybe, someday, we'll get there. We'll join the rest of the world and actually build a modern train system. One ticket from Manhattan to Moscow, please.

Do you have a suggestion as to where I should hitchhike/travel to this Winter Break? Let me know in a comment below.


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