Being American, I’m very familiar with the modern vehicle. Being a traveling rep, I’ve also become a self-proclaimed expert of air travel. And now, living in Asia, it’s time for the trifecta – trains!
Most days, this is my commute to work…
52 floor elevator ride.
Catch the 7am sunrise over the MBS before heading underground to the MRT.
Jump on the green line.
Wait to drink latte because there’s this…
Takes about 45 minutes door to door. And most Singaporeans think I’m nuts for living so far from work!
But I don’t mind it at all.
I spend time skyping family, working on my part time gig, or catching up on podcasts and blog posts. 🙂 Plus it gives me a quick nap or few minutes to decompress before getting home.
But 2 weeks ago I was in China and got to experience some way cooler trains than they have here in Singapore!!
The best part about train travel, is that I’ve yet to end up 10 kinds of lost since it’s relatively the same no matter where on the globe you are.
Started my day on the bullet train for the 15 minute/50km trek between the city of Kunshan and the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. And even though I have no idea what most signage means, it’s still easy enough to match the time of departure to the gate I need to be at.
And finally the Maglev. This was the shortcut from the Longyang Rd subway stop to the airport. You basically trade 11 slow and steady subway stops for 0-301km/hr in under 2 minutes!
And unfortunately, after much googling, I’ve realized that I can’t post the videos of the Bullet train or Maglev (as I apparently am only using the cheapy-cheap blog option), so you’ll have to settle for this instead:
The US really needs to figure out this public transportation thing. It’s pretty great when it works this flawlessly and inexpensively. Bravo, Asia!
The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before. ~G.K. Chesterton