Meeting people is easy!

Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
Trip End May 16, 2006

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Meeting People is easy!

Sorry to leave the Ellis' i began my cross country epic train ride leaving a blizzard behind in Boston.
In snow even a mundane landscape becomes spectacular. I rushed past bald backs of cites and bleached towns in peaceful paralysis. It was all pine wood and mail boxes. Then we pulled into Albany and four hours later (argh!) i watched it withdraw into black and light. The classic romanticsm i'd attached to train travel was dispensed with as i bushed the cheeto crumbs off my seat and took my place next to a snorter. I slept in shallow restless pockets. The barritone salute of the horn and the violent snores from the big momma behind me (when i first heard her i thought she was dying) were the soundtrack to my frustration. I managed to steal a couple of hours towards the end of the night when hardly anything could divert my exhaustion from its remedy. My faith in the "meeting people is easy" premise on which my entire trip is based was receding darkly.
Finnally off the train, i checked into my hostel to an empty but evidently occupied room. Then in walks a bright eyed holding three GAP bags and munching a apple. When she smiled and introduced herself i had to fold my arms to stop myself from hugging her. She explained she was an austrian au pair starting a bit of travelling after a year with her host family. Then a PhD student from malaysia joined us and later a non talker crawled into bunk F of our dorm. The three of us (not Madame F) explored the hostel in search of MnMs and internet access and made use of the air hockey table. As we were all under 21 our options were severly limited but i couldn't have been more happy getting to know them over coffee and MnMs overlooking a frantic, freindly city buzz. The next morning Claudia and i went in search of a free open day at the museum but sadly, due to the $12.50 entrance fee we ended up in Panero's having a cinamon bagel, leaving just enough time for a sight see of the Sears tower and Lake Michigan before i caught my train. I didn't want to leave the Windy city, Claudia, Dr Malaysia or Madame F.
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morinaw on

Keep the updates coming!
Great to read your latest entry and very glad that meeting people is easy when the right people come along. Bad luck about the snorter! Maybe the next leg of your train journey will be more fruitful. we are all very jealous of course and now that Conor is en route to his skiing trip Dad, Declan and I are feeling ever so slightly left out. Be good, continue to have fun. Love Mum xxx

mauraid on

What an adventure, you are awferly brave. Did you run into Oprah?? Do you think you will keep in touch with Claudia and Dr Malaysia, assuming you will not with Madame F? Where to next?
Love fascinated Mauraid

fionaellis on

Ear plugs
Now you know I have long experience with ear plugs and I cannot recommend them highly enough! Go to a pharmacist and get the best you can buy. The price of sleep is not to be reckoned.

So glad you've started meeting people. Sounds like your tactic is going to be fine. I've never been to Chicago. but I've changed planes there. Hmm - you've made me want to go check it out.

Gorgeous frosty monring here and, joy of joys, I can walk without crutches! And drive - which is so liberating.

Thinking of you a lot and looking forward to next log.

PS Hi Rory!

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