|OK, that's not a passenger train, but you get my point. Trains are awesome.|
|Observation area with lots of windows|
and swivel chairs. That's where I spent
most of my time.
On the way there, we were riding in coach, and I spent very little time in my seat. Instead, I opted for hanging out in the lounge, the snack area, or the dining car. Everyone on the train was relaxed, so people were generally super friendly. This is encouraged by the staff, as they'll sit people at community tables for meals.
Oh, the sleeper cabin. You'd think it would be completely unnecessary for a 5 hour journey, but what a difference it made to be able to lie down and read (OK, nap) whenever I felt like it. It was also nice to be able to bug Oleg as much as I wanted without worrying that we'll die in a fiery car crash.
|In case you're wondering, the book is "Outliers" by Gladwell.|
When we got off the train, the hotel was quite literally right next to the station. Living in the 'burbs, I've gotten so used to (read "annoyed at") driving, that it was quite the change to just *gasp* not need to do it.
|On the left - the train we were just on. On the right - the hotel (you can see the red H)|
This mini-vacation is the most I've been relaxed in ages, probably most relaxed since the Mexico mini-vacation a couple years ago, when all we did was sleep and eat. Being stuck in one place, where I couldn't get caught up in the "Oh, the laundry needs to be put in! No wait, I need to go check the mail and then feed the bunnies and then and then and then..." - well, being stuck without too many options was refreshing. A nice vacation before our much more intense Thanksgiving road trip to Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, which is creeping up way quickly.