Train travel is definitely the way to go to enjoy the trip as much as the destination. My wife and I traveled roundtrip MA to ABQ last year, via sleepers (all meals included) on the Lake Shore Limited and the Santa Fe Chief. When Amtrak offered a 30%-off special on the LSL recently, I was tempted, even though I had nothing to do in Chicago. Meeting people is one of the pleasures of life. As for healthcare in the Netherlands, their public/private mix leaves our system way in the dust. Our friends there get so much more care for so much less money. As for nutjobs on trains, some of them probably think the government shouldn't subsidize the railroad. They forget (or never knew) that without government subsidies, we wouldn't have airports or highways. And don't forget all the sports stadiums we wouldn't have either (though that's another story).
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 16:17