It was a good thing I had done a trial walk to the bus station from my hostel – the bus station was not in fact the dusty parking lot the bus had dropped us in arriving in San Pedro de Atacama. Noooo it was much much further away. Always a good thing to realise before toting a 17.5kg pack, a daypack and a full water bottle (What? Those things are heavy!).
The bus was meant to leave San Pedro de Atacama at 9:30am. As 10:30am neared, and factoring in a 10-11 hour bus ride, I was pretty sure I would be trying to navigate my way around Salta (sans the correct currency) about midnight… Read more
I wouldn’t normally give a train ride its own post, but seriously, this is such a beautiful journey from Boston to New York City. In fact in 2012, Amtrak carried more riders between New York and Boston than all of the airlines combined.
The train was packed with people being Columbus (or as some people referred to it, invasion) day – its the second busiest travel day of the American calendar, Thanksgiving being the other.
I got on at Back Bay station in Boston, and off at the only stop in NYC, Penn Station. The rest of the time was spent staring out the window at the amazing fall foliage and New England scenery. Read more