Planes and trains
Today we arrived early this morning in Wuxi via train. For my blog tonight I would like to compare traveling 12 plus hours in both a plane and train. I would first like to say that both went a lot better than I thought they would. About the train some of the different things I noticed were: you were able to smoke on the train, the bathrooms were basically a hole that led to the tracks below, you stayed in a small room with two sets of bunk beds, and some people had to stay with random individuals. The biggest pros for the train were the dinner we received, the ability to observe different areas of China through the window, able to walk around freely throughout the train, and also able to have conversations with many people. The cons for the train include the bathrooms were gross and had water all over the floor, the air conditioning was turned off later in the night, easy to hear others out in the hall, hard to fall asleep in a uncomfortable bed, and storage for luggage. The pros for the planes included movies and television shows throughout flight, quite and easier to fall asleep, and different views of terrain from above. The cons were the long lines for bathroom, food was not anything special, drinks and snacks were expensive, and not able to have conversations easily. Both also had some sort of delays, the train made frequent stops that were jerky but did not take long, and the plane they had quarantine checks after the flights landed. Overall, I preferred the plane since you could watch American movies and fall asleep much easier. The train was a lot nicer though then one might think with the food being amazing. It has been an interesting experience of traveling so far on this trip. Only 5 days left to the final flight and I look forward to anything planned next.