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#21
214 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
Glad for the discussion. Any reliable way to check on upcoming strikes in France? We'll have internet but not phone. Good luck to all and read the fine print on tickets and insurance. Not all cover strikes.
#22
SC
331 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by TravelerThom
I don't understand all this concern over mere strikes (okay I got caught up in a Lufthansa rolling work stoppage 11 Nov, and hence would have missed my connection in FRA to South Africa, but after hours on the phone was able to re-route through Sao Paulo - Europe, South America, whatever; it got us to Africa on-time).

Lyn & I did the Devil's Nose train in Ecuador a few years ago, and purchasing a ticket requires ALL of your passport info. I somehow "forgot" to tell Lyn this information was required for the INCLUDED Life Insurance. The train sopped twice to clear rocks from the tracks, and three time to shovel mud off the tracks, but I'm happy to report that neither we nor anyone else collected on the Life Insurance. It was an "interesting" ride.

Thom
Thom

Now that sounds like a interesting ride for sure. Sounds like something out of a movie! Glad y'all didn't have to collect on the life insurance!
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#23
VA, MD & FL
6,068 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
Originally posted by ShannonSC2
Now that sounds like a interesting ride for sure. Sounds like something out of a movie! Glad y'all didn't have to collect on the life insurance!
We had seats in the second row, behind a Japanese film crew, producing a Japanese "Great Train Rides of the World" series show. My Japanese is pretty limited, but at the third stop to clear the tracks, I caught the eye of one of the camera men and said "Shenkansen" (literally "new trunk line", the word for Bullet trains). He looked shocked and then laughed. I don't consider myself a real rail buff, but somehow over the years I've done the night sleeper from Nairobi to Mombasa, the no-longer-running train in Costa Rica that made 52 stops in the 100 miles from Puerto Limon to San Jose, the no-longer-running train (actually a 1938 Ford bus with rail wheels) from Bolivia to the coast at Arica Chile (half of the 11 hour ride was above 14,00 feet), the Blue Train in the Congo (not to be confused with the Blue Train in South Africa) that habitually runs hours if not days late, the southern most train in the world to an old Argentine penal colony on Tierra del Fuego, etc. Lots of stuff the see in the world.

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#24
Long Island, New York
4,359 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
Originally posted by TravelerThom
We had seats in the second row, behind a Japanese film crew, producing a Japanese "Great Train Rides of the World" series show. My Japanese is pretty limited, but at the third stop to clear the tracks, I caught the eye of one of the camera men and said "Shenkansen" (literally "new trunk line", the word for Bullet trains). He looked shocked and then laughed. I don't consider myself a real rail buff, but somehow over the years I've done the night sleeper from Nairobi to Mombasa, the no-longer-running train in Costa Rica that made 52 stops in the 100 miles from Puerto Limon to San Jose, the no-longer-running train (actually a 1938 Ford bus with rail wheels) from Bolivia to the coast at Arica Chile (half of the 11 hour ride was above 14,00 feet), the Blue Train in the Congo (not to be confused with the Blue Train in South Africa) that habitually runs hours if not days late, the southern most train in the world to an old Argentine penal colony on Tierra del Fuego, etc. Lots of stuff the see in the world.

Thom
WOW!!!! I would not have survived any of those train rides
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#26
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Joined Mar 2012
Originally posted by CPT Trips
And demonstrations too. Short notice is better than none.

http://france.usembassy.gov/mobile//service.html
Thanks, CPT Trips. That's a very helpful site and I'll note it before we leave, too. I can check with wi-fi along the way. It hadn't occurred to me that they would have up to date info. My bad. We keep learning.