Day 319. Random Acts

I write about my trip to India a lot.  I was there for a month at the end of 2008.  And it was an extraordinary experience.  Despite everything going on in that country these kindnessdays, I loved every minute of my trip.  Yesterday’s WordPress Daily Prompt “Moment of Kindness”, took me right back there, to one of our many road trips.

“Describe a moment of kindness, between you and someone else — loved one or complete stranger.”

This family came immediately to my mind.  But before I get into the story, there are a few things I have to explain.

Getting from “A” to “B” in India is never easy.  If you fly, expect lots of delays.  And crowds of people like you’ve never seen.  And don’t expect your choice of restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, and spas where you can while away a few hours.  There’s nothing to do, and there’s nowhere to go in India’s airports.  Count yourself lucky if you find somewhere to sit, while you wait.

So we didn’t fly very often.  Just a few times, when there was no other choice.

Train travel is something else again.  We took the train from Delhi to Agra.  Not because we had to.  Because we wanted the experience.  OMG!!  OMG!!  I don’t even know how to describe it to you.  Old, bare, dirty, stations.  Archaic, really. People Continue reading

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Day 68. Alllll Aboard!

I love trains.  I’m on one, right now.  Just a short trip to Kingston, Ontario for a family event.  The other option is to drive, but this is so much easier.  Plus, if I was driving I couldn’t be blogging, could I?  Yep, free WiFi; and you can use a cell phone.  I always take the train when I go to Montreal.  It is so much more relaxing than flying.  Much less hassle.  More civilized, I think.

Especially if you go First Class, which I usually do.  We have a beautiful, new First Class lounge in Toronto.  It’s huge.  You can work, watch TV or just relax.  Snacks, drinks, whatever you want.  And once onboard, you’re treated royally.  Cocktails, snacks, wine with your meal which, incidentally, is actually edible (unlike on airlines), coffee, tea, after meal drinks and even little bonbons.  The service is non-stop.

Today I’m travelling economy, though.  It’s not a very long trip, just slightly over two Continue reading