Category: Trains

Amazing train trips by TheHotFlashPacker

Oct 15

Harar Ethiopia (Where I Fed a Wild Hyena and Got a Man Arrested)

Harar Ethiopia is one of the most interesting places to visit in Ethiopia, but it gets much fewer visits than the major sites in the north and south. I had a pretty crazy time here from feeding hyenas, to attempting to visit a brewery, and inadvertently getting someone arrested!  Read more to find out why. …

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May 22

Long Layover in Taipei (Taipei 101)

You gotta love long layovers.  It sometimes allows a twofer on a longer trip.  I had previously flown through Taipei, Taiwan but the layover was too short to go outside.  On my way to Indonesia, I had a long layover in Taipei… a whopping 19 hour overnight stop. Clearing Immigration Immigration is quite efficient.  No …

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Apr 17

Amtrak Across America (I’m Going to WIN!)

I like train trips.  My some of my favorites were the Transsiberian trip across Russia and the Canadian Via Rail to Churchill – the Polar Bear Capital of the world.  This year I got to take Amtrak Across America – at least half way.  My trip on the Amtrak Empire Builder started at one of …

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Apr 08

Road and Train to Churchill, Manitoba (The Looooong Journey to Churchill)

Churchill is known as “The polar bear capital of the world” and I wanted to go there in late summer.  My parents live just south of Manitoba in Minnesota so I asked if they would like to road trip to Churchill and they joined me for the adventure.  There are not many ways to get …

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Mar 31

4 Days in Xian, China (Warrior Pose)

I stayed for a glorious smog-free day in Beijing and then continued with an overnight train to Xi’an for my 4 days in Xian.  Although I had a berth for this overnight ride, it was the 3rd (top) bunk.  I made sure I didn’t drink anything before bed because the last thing I wanted to …

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Mar 26

Ulaanbaatar to Beijing Train (Last Leg of the Trans-Mongolian)

When taking the TransMongolian train trip from Moscow to Beijing, you can’t miss the last leg – the Ulaanbaatar to Beijing Train. The Ulaanbaatar train station is not far from the center of town.  It’s worth arriving a little early to have a look around this Soviet-style train station. We checked in and were shown …

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Mar 26

trans-siberian railway independent travel (Riding the Rails)

The Trans-Siberian is a “bucket list” item for many and it’s possible for trans-siberian railway independent travel. We survived about 2/3 of the Trans-Siberian express from Moscow to Irkutsk.  Our train ride was 80 hours – 4 nights and 3 full days.  We were in the 3rd class or “platzkartney” This means there are 52 berths in …

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Mar 26

A Day in Moscow (Don’t have a Cow)

We took the first of many hours on the Russian trains from St. Petersburg to Moscow.  The trip was only 8 hours overnight and was quite comfortable and then we only had a day in Moscow before making our way further east on the Trans-Siberian Railway. We spend the day doing our own walking tour …

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Mar 24

Back in the USSR (Destination: Yerevan, Armenia)

Sun, Nov 24, 2013 We arrived at the Georgia/Armenia border and were quickly stamped out of Georgia. We got to Armenia and I was asked for my visa. I didn’t have one. However, there was a booth that sold them but it had to be paid in Armenian dram. There was a sort of vending …

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Mar 16

Hong Kong for a Day (Destination: Hong Kong)

Traveled Saturday, Sept 7, 2013 I only got about 3 hours sleep on my 13 hour flight from Vancouver, but I did manage to watch Hangover 3, Iron Man 3, Admission, and a fascinating documentary called “Eat, Fast, and Live Longer.” I was lucky to have a window seat and an empty seat next to …

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