Earlier this month, I rode the Coast Starlight, an Amtrak bi-level Superliner, from San Jose to Seattle. The entire route goes from LA's Union Station to King Street Station in Seattle. Each way, the trip from San Jose to Seattle takes around twenty-four hours and costs about $111 each way. Certainly, it's a longer ride than flying and costlier, but there's a certain romanticism attached to train travel. The slow and steady chug of the wheels, the sweeping vistas that in a car you're passing too quickly to truly absorb. But there are other reasons to take the train beside great views.
I wrote in a previous post about the struggles of working remotely while I was in Sweden: bad wi-fi, no wi-fi, time differences, balancing work with pleasure, etc. Today, I am going to bitch about working remotely and trains.
I love traveling on trains. By far, they are my favorite way to travel. While less flexible than driving, trains allow me to kick back, relax, and watch the scenery go by. They are more comfortable than planes, and buses give me motion sickness, except those amazing sleeper buses in Vietnam. Why, oh why, do we not have sleeper buses here?