Thursday, April 12, 2012

The train Journey.

Arriving at a railway station in India is always quite an eye opener as people are everywhere, lying on the floor, sitting in groups, standing, walking and queuing.

A lovely stained glass window in the station lobby.
As we had our tickets we were able to head straight for the platform and our train was already in the station. Warren had told the driver to purchase a first class compartment for two with an a/c (air conditioner).
Jikes..on the way to the station the driver appologises and tells us there is no first class only second class. As this is a new experience for us being on an overnight train I started to worry.....what if?
No need...our compartment had four beds and across the passage there were two more. Vendors, passengers and staff walk up and down the passage and we got a lot of curious stares. However, the two fellow we were sharing with were most pleasant and after a lot of discussion about cricket..the best ice breaker in India they agreed to the two of us having the bottom bunks and they would use the top. Once we were ready to sleep a curtain is drawn so the four of us could be private.  I did go to sleep and four men, two total strangers sharing!!

There is a definite sense of achievement having made it through the night without any drama on a train in India and me having to go to the loo several times during the night!! No need for further details.
Before we knew it we were in Allepey, Kerala, our most favourite place in India.!! Let the fun begin.


  1. Pen, as I am pinned to life at home until we are free to roam (only 2 and 3/4 years now until Simon and Kate are both at Varsity) I will enjoy travelling the world with you!

  2. sal, I am so thrilled to have you join me on my journey. We are loving being in Asia and have a few more side trips planned, so hop on board!

  3. You are so scandalous! Heehee