The Train from Chennai to Goa
Trip Start Jan 31, 1996
301Trip End Ongoing
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With 1.6 million workers, the Indian Railway System is reportedly the second largest employer on the planet. In my train loving mind it's a fabulous system. You can travel almost everywhere. I do suspect though, that when the British left in 1947 that they dismantled the cleaning department and perhaps took all of the cleaning staff back home with them.
I'd been lulled to a wonderful sleep by wonderful train sounds and woke up refreshed
I looked at Elenka, who even after twenty-some hours of chugging across the sub-continent, was still fuming about being on the train.
I placed my hand on her shoulder and said, “It's only a 30 hour journey. We'll be in Goa just after dark.”
“We could have flown from Chennai to Goa in an hour.”
“I did this for you, Elenka. Remember all the white people on the Andamans? The ones you didn't want any part of.”
“What's your point?”
“Have you seen any of those white devils since we walked into Chennai station?”
She glared at me for a moment and then said, “Just one.”
“And the wonderful spicy somosas and coffee that we've enjoyed on the train
“Oh yes, the somosas. If the hotel we've booked in Benaulim doesn't provide toilet paper you're going to be in for some rickshaw riding until you find the White Swan.”
“Don't worry. Train food in India is of the finest quality.”
Elenka was looking out the train window with her palm glued to the under-side of her chin. She
When we got to our pre-booked hotel at Benaulim Beach, I said,”There now this is much better isn't it?” A British woman with the voice of a goat was belting out the old Eagles tune, 'Take it Easy' on the Karaoke machine just steps from our door.
With orange ear plugs already deeply inserted, she said, “Tomorrow we're moving to the Blue Corner – the place we stayed last time we were here – and I don't care how much it costs.
Photos courtesy of the WWW. Our camera was out of juice.