Transport: Ways of Getting from Here to There

Planes, trains and automobiles. Not to mention bicycles, buses and boats.

Planes.

“Do we really want to get on a plane whose company logo is a flying white elephant?” I asked Al. “Well,” he answered, “at least it’s not a flying pink elephant…” (How not to fly out of Mandalay.)
Yangon Airways sticker featuring a flying white elephantFlying over Iceland was one of most photogenic experiences I have ever had. This shot, flying over a frozen wasteland, was among the LEAST enticing shots… The wing tip with the Icelandair logo flying over frozen wastes

Trains.

This is the train in Bangkok. They had one car with cats and dogs all over it but I only saw it the first day I was there, loaded up with luggage, and unable to take a photo. Sadly I never saw it again and it was my fave. Bangkok Sky Train (BTS) had to be one of the best planned in the world, and the only one where we didn’t spend masses of time in confusion.
Bangkok BTS Skytrains

At the opposite end of the scale we had the MOST problem with trains in India. Trying to work out the schedule was only the beginning of our problems; there were constantly people who were apparently trying to help us, but actually working to make sure we missed our train and then purchased ‘cheap’ (and likely invalid) tickets from them. It was crazy! Here at the Train Station in Bundi, India, this sign informs us about the train schedule ¡NOT! At the Train Station in Bundi, India, this sign informs us about the train schedule ¡NOT!

Automobiles.

After our frustrating attempts to catch trains in India we decided to try something different and rent a driver to get from Udaipur to Jodhpur. This ended up being the most terrifying road trip I have ever been on. Here one tanker truck politely drives over on to the dusty verge to allow a more hazardous tanker truck to pass and I believe our driver was just about to try and squeeze through the middle of these two…'Hazardous Chemical' carrying monstrosity squeezing its way through traffic on a two-lane highway in IndiaOur spooky-looking GPS and dashboard of our 1HP (One-Horse-Power) vehicle on our road trip through the backroads of northern SpainOur spooky looking GPS and dashboard on the Ruta de Ribeira Sacra in northern Spain

Bicycles.

Myanmar and Laos were the only countries in Asia where I felt safe enough to ride a bike; there was virtually no traffic, and everyone drove slowly as if their vehicles were the most precious thing in the world. I have lots of pictures of the scenery on this particular bike trip around Inle Lake, but the only one of the bikes themselves was when we piled them in this ‘ferry’ to cross the lake. the Bike Trip Ferry on Inle Lake in MyanmarBicycling across a bridge decorated with recycled bombs in Vang Viene, Laos. Bicycling across a bridge with 'decorative' recycled bombs in Vang Viene, Laos

Buses.

Leaving rainy Hue as seen through the bus window (Vietnam). Bus service in Vietnam is amazing, with the buses often picking you up at your hotel, and then dropping you off at your destination hotel. leaving rainy Hue as seen through the bus windowUsed school buses act as the main way to get around Guatemala. They cram three or four adults to a seat designed for two children, the children sit atop the adults, the aisles are similarly packed full and all the luggage is piled on top of the bus. Al, with his long legs, was painfully cramped – even though I’m a foot shorter I had problems too!used school buses act as the main way to get around Guatemala. This is the bus station in Huehuetenango

Boats.

The little local ferries in Vancouver are a blessing, allowing us to get quickly from ‘here’ to ‘over there’.The little local ferries are a blessing, allowing us to get quickly from 'here' to 'over there'.We seem to take a lot of ferries to get wherever we’re going. The Sendai to Matsushima route in Japan had some of the strangest ferries I’ve ever seen but they got us from here to there in the most pleasant way.This rooster 'bird' boat in Sendai acts as a ferry to the seaside village of Matsushima, JapanMore of the Friendly Friday Challenge: On the Way.

8 responses to “Transport: Ways of Getting from Here to There

  1. I agree on the trains in India. It is very difficult to navigate and buy tickets for foreigners. And also about their driving. We didn’t have a private driver but the bus would have squeezed in that space between the tankers!

  2. I loved flying over Iceland too. I had my head glued to the window. Incredible scenery landing in Rejkjavik and taking off in Akureyri in the north. Interesting that Myanmar is so different to other parts of Asia. Travel is such fun, as long as your transport delays are not too inconvenient. Thanks for joining the fun of Friendly Friday. I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

    • Iceland was so spectacular and we had very clear weather, apart from a dramatic thundershower as we landed Rejkjavik. We were in Laos in 2007 and Myanmar in 2013 – both countries had been lost in time and were just in the process of joining a more modern world. But vehicles of any sort were still rare and precious – in Myanmar most vehicles, including trucks and tractors, had vases welded to them where a bouquet of wild flowers were placed…

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