JAAA! Nomadic wanderers have to travel by train at least once during their extensive journeys. We choose to take the train from Sai Gon/HCMC to Da Nang. . .mmm, aaaaahh!. . .and seventeen and a half hours later we complete the trip–phew!! The trip was only supposed to take seventeen hours, but someone jumped in front of the train along the way–it appears that the person died–and we had to stop so the train officials could fill out paperwork regarding the incident. A crowd gathered, there was some screaming, but soon enough everyone moved on with their lives. . .the feeling is that this was not an unusual occurrence. There was a long time when none of us were here…we are born…we live…we die…then there will be a long time when we are not here again. You gotta enjoy yourself NOW.
The train ride itself is pretty easy. . .we get on the train, we eat a snack, we go to sleep, we wake up when the sun comes up, and then the final five hours or so we get to see lots of wonderful Vietnamese landscapes full of rice patties, conical-hatted field workers, water buffaloes, cows, scooter riders, bicycle riders, food vendors, palm trees, vegetation galore, etc. and so on. . .magical, atmospheric, transporting. We love riding the train in Viet Nam. . .I hope that you can do this some time before you leave the planet.
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It’s lovely out there.