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Sustainable Travel

Hello!!! Happy FRIDAY!  How are you all doing?  I hope your great.  Can you believe this is the last weekend of July?  Seriously, where did summer go???  I can’t believe we’re going to be starting classes in just a few short weeks.  I got a lot to do before then and I best get cracking on it!  Maybe it’s best I don’t look at the calendar. =)

So today, let’s talk some more about my adventures overseas.  I was fortunate enough to stay on a University campus in a good part of London so I had the opportunity to travel to other locations throughout my 2 week stay.  I must say that the United States NEEDS a reliable national train service such as the high speed ones in Europe.  I know that we have Amtrack but it’s not really cost effective for the amount of time.  I looked into taking the train from Oregon to the East Coast a few summers ago.  It was going to cost way over $1,000, (I can’t remember the exact amount but I was shocked!) require me to change trains in the midwest, AND, here’s the kicker!, it would’ve taken 9 – 12 DAYS!!!  I can get a plane ticket from Portland to Ohio for around $400 and it takes about 4-5 hours direct flight.  So yeah, Amtrack isn’t really good for cross country travel.  However, I did ride it once on a one way trip from Oregon to Washington to start a backpacking trip.  It was perfect for this because I didn’t have to worry about how to get my car back after I hiked home. =) Also I will put in this as a disclaimer that countries in Europe are smaller and closer together so even if we had a high speed train in the US it wouldn’t be nearly as fast as traveling between some countries. Anyways…back to my recent train travel in England…

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