Experiencing Technical Difficulties (resonant) wrote,
Experiencing Technical Difficulties
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On the train to Nova Scotia

I am visiting relatives in nova Scotia for Christmas. At 11:30 yesterday, i boarded the train at Union Station in Toronto. My economy class seat had more legroom than a first class airline seat, and was wider. Free wifi, power outlet at my seat, large washrooms, and frequent coffee service. Much nicer than flying. I had brought food with me, so i ate and read LJ until we arrived in Montreal.

In Montréal, i moved to a fancier overnight train. After siting in the lounge for a bit (free wifi, free drinks, power outlets) i boarded my sleeper car. My cabin had a couch, two bunk beds that folded doown, and a private ensuite bathroom with shower. I humg up my clothes in the closet so they would not wrinkle, plugged in my electronics to charge, and locked my door (keycard lock) before walking to the restaurant car for dinner (included in the ticket price).

It was a long walk. Eight cars, or aboot 140 metres, with narrow corridors barely shoulder width, Between the cars were powered doors that slid aside. The dining room seemed so spacious in comparison. The crew had nicely decorated it 2ith Christmas ornaments and such. I was quickly sezted at a table with a cloth tablecloth, china plates, and real metzl cutlery that actually cuts. Much nicer than airline meals. They served a selection of hot rolls fresh frum the oven. I then had freshly cooked haddock chowder, followed by chicken medalions stuffed with mushrooms (probably prepared off the train and reheated once onboard, but still good). Then dessert, a chocolate cranberry mousse with raspberry drizzle, nicely presented. Plus tea, of course.

After dinner, i hiked back to my cabin. The walk and the food had tired me out, so i unfolded a bunk from the wall and we'll to sleep. Plump pillows, a fluffy duvet, a good mattress, and the rocking of the train knocked me out.

I slept amazingly well. My cpap machine timer says i slept 12.3 hours, and i was so relaxed after getting up. I missed breakfast (which is usually very nice on the train), but i was still full from the night before and did not mind. So i showered, using the nice fluffy towels and fancy soaps and shampoo that came with my cabin. Now i am in the lounge next to the dining car, waiting for lunch to be served. Nice scenery outmthe window. We just passed Miramichi.
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