Fast and Slow, Albania to China
Thought for the day…” Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” (Einstein).
” If you do not know where you are going, any road will get you there”.
Around 3.2 million people live in Albania, which borders Greece in the south and Montenegro in the north. Italy is just 72km away across the sea, yet Albania remains one of the poorest parts of Europe. One strange difference in Albania is that shaking your head means ‘yes’ whilst nodding your head means ‘no’. Today’s photo shows the train from the Albanian capital, Tirana arriving at the second largest city of Durres. At the time the photo was taken, trains ran all the way from the capital, however now the main train has been demolished to make way for new roads ! Even when it was operating all the way, average speeds were extremely poor, with the 38km journey taking around 90 minutes. Compare that to the world record for a conventional train, held by the French TGV which reached a top speed of 574.8 km/h in April 2007. Up to July 2011 (when its top speed was limited to save energy) the Chinese CRH2 Harmony train covered the 922km from Wuhan to Guangzhou at an average of 313 km/h.
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