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800 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
Because you won't regret it. Whatever Amtrak's reputation, this has to be one of the best train rides - and the best train services - in the USA. We actually started our rail journey in Vancouver and made our way, haltingly, down the West coast...
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There are so many wonderful sites to see in Jaipur, but one not to be missed is the fruit and vegetable market in the old city. Brimming with vendors selling everything from mangoes to cucumbers to tomatoes and pineapples. It's a scene to just...
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Waiting for my departure to Zagreb at Ljubljana Main Train Station.
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Finse, 5719 Finse, Norway
Finse, an easy-to-miss railway stop high in the mountains on the popular Bergen-to-Oslo train route, draws hardy urbanites year-round. The town offers access to some of the most remote and beautiful alpine hiking territory in southern Norway...
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Timișoara, Romania
Romania seemed like a far away land where people seemed to exit more than they entered. But after a long stay in Northern Croatia and a short period in Belgrade, mystic Romania was nearer than ever. My companion and I took a gloomy old train from...
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Cartago Province, Costa Rica
My husband and I took a week long trip to Costa Rica in Dec 2011. Cartago is about 24 kms from the capital city of San Jose. We took a local bus ride to the city so that we could catch a taxi for Irazu volcano from there. This is en route to the...
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Jaibalito, Guatemala
One of many highlights of visiting Lake Atitlán was going by boat everywhere. As a city dweller, I've spent a fair amount of time losing my patience while waiting for the bus or train to show up. But here at the dock in Jaibalito, I would have...
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The massive Express Bus Terminal Station in Seoul, South Korea. This place is a veritable city that expands out in all directions. Shopping, eating, and train transfers are all on the docket here.
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Perito Moreno, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
If you have the time to travel by bus in South America, bring snacks! This is what they served between Buenos Aires and Bariloche. Notice I ate some of it. Didn't touch that brown jelly gook though.
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Samara
We met our guide Mubarek all dressed in blue as most of the people in this part of the Sahara wore. The bright blue was a stunning contrast to the orange sand dunes. I was told that they wore blue because it was a bright color that was easy to...
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Luang Namtha, Laos
The buses are unpredictable when traveling through Laos. Once I asked how long it might take to get to the next town and they said "3-7 hours" I asked, "Why such a big range?" They said "you'll see" I've been on buses where it's broken down twice...
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1, Panajachel, Guatemala
Suddenly, we were confronted by a group of about 20 young men holding machetes, circling us, and mimicking my gringo Spanish. “Puedo pasar? “No, no puedes!” Uh-oh. Amidst the chaos of gleaming teeth and blades, laughter, taunts, and fear, I kind...
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The Mall, FRN1478, Floriana, Malta
The bus system that ran around the island of Malta operated using vintage buses from all over the world. They were individually decorated and named (all orange and yellow so as to be recognized as the local bus service). You could take them...
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Muang Khua, Laos
Day two of the overland trip from Sa Pa, Vietnam to Muang Khua, Laos. The bus sign lays out our schedule from the previous day, but we're stopped somewhere beyond the Lao border, getting a bit of fresh air, stretching our legs and filling our...
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Yeongdeungpodong 1(il)-ga, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
A chicken bus is a colloquial English name for the colorful modified and decorated US school bus and transit bus in Guatemala. The word "chicken" refers to the fact that rural Guatemalans occasionally transport live animals on such buses, which...
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Brooklyn Queens Expy, New York, NY, USA
The cheapest way to get from Boston to New York City is to take any one of the many private bus lines from South Station. 10 bucks will get you from one city to the other in aprox 4 hours. And the views are amazing once you make it down to the...
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899 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
San Francisco's Muni system can be scummy, inefficient, and scary, but I'd recommend any visitor take the bus vs. a cab at least a few times. Other than walking, riding the bus is the most entertaining and memorable mode of transportation. In a...
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Lai Chau, Vietnam
Somewhere between Lao Cai and Lai Chau, our bus had to stop due to construction. I'm still not sure how the driver knew, since there was no one there to halt us. Perhaps it was just an extended pit stop. We stayed here and watched the afternoon...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s street food astounded, but I’d known...
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Westgate, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
I had been fascinated by the bus system started in Curitiba, Brazil many, many years ago. The idea is to recreate the advantages of train transport such as elevated covered stations, no-stair entry, dedicated routes and so on, but saving capital...
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141-10 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
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Pisiga, Bolivia
Contact Guinness Book of World Records. This must be the shortest vacation to Bolivia on record. As near as I can tell with my less-than-fluent Spanish skills, I was turned back after 30 minutes at the Bolivian border because: - it was snowing and...
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Sewanee, TN, USA
I like exploring back roads, don't you? One of my explorations near Sewanee, TN brought me to the Peach Bus sitting wistfully in an open field.
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Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is really a walking city. You stroll down broad avenues and past upscale stores, markets, and restaurants. But like any European capital city you may want to cover more ground a little more quickly at times. There are lots of choices: the...