The overnight bus

Trip Start Sep 25, 2008
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I am now in chilly Toronto. Which Julie has assured me has warmed up. Which is quite terrifying - I'm going to need a bigger coat. ;-) It is a loevly city though - from what I have seen. Clean and friendly.

Things I have learned #1:
Do not assume that you will be able to sleep on an overnight Megabus journey from New York to Toronto.

Possibly the most uncomfortable I have been in a while. I got an hours sleep in a 12 hour journey. Having The Flight of the Conchords to watch on my mp3 player saved me from insanity. (Thank you Sandra and Adam)

Also, wearing flipflops on a journey to the Great White North is possibly not a great idea. My toes were cold. Luckily the lovely people of the HI Hostel in Toronto let me check in early so I could get a few hours kips before heading off to explore the city a bit.

Tomorrow I am meeting my friend Julie for s wander round the city. Looking forward to that muchly. Tonight I am going to be an old lady and get an early night to recover from the epic travelling. The hostel here has a cafe and I believe that spaghetti is on the menu for tonight which is a bit of a godsend and means that I don't have to worry about going food shopping for a day or two.

I am trying not to think about the 3 day train journey I have to do (twice) in two weeks time. Trains are more comfy than busses right?
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filthyjac on

Buses and trains
I would guess an over night train will be more comfy than a bus. Why was the bus so uncomfy? Perhaps in three days you'll get so tired you'll sleep anyway.

Enjoying your posts:) Keep them coming!

carolineevans on

Thoughts on being cold on trains
I was on overnight train (no heating) in Bolivia and also Peru - just a fleece, no scarf hat or gloves and only jeans/ankle socks + trainers! All the locals had 13 family members under about twice as many rugs and 'authentic' stripy blankets all cuddled up.
In desperation (well OK he was gorgeous)I ended up accidentally/on purpose falling asleep and cuddling up to my fellow passenger - worked pretty well for the rest of the week actually when we reached La Paz;-)
So even if you are ill-equipped, there is always a solution for the flexible and alert traveller!

helenbels on

Re: Buses and trains
I just couldn't lie down properly on the seats, even though I had two to myself. They are just regular coaches and not set up for the overnight journey in any way. I think that the train that goes up to Churchill is a designed a little more sympathetically for the long haul traveler. I hope anyway!

helenbels on

Re: Thoughts on being cold on trains
I am not surprised at all Caroline that you managed to find an attractive man with a rug made for two. ;-) I will keep that in mind...

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