Thought for the day….” Do coffins have lifetime guarantees?” ” If heat rises then shouldn’t Hell be cold?”
Gladys Knight and the Pips had a big hit with the song “Midnight Train to Georgia”, but the photo today is of the 23.13 night train to Oslo, which is a long way from either Georgia the country or Georgia, USA. Not much sleep ahead for the drivers of the night train from Trondheim, Norway south towards the capital, Oslo. They still have about 495 km to drive through the mountains at night. I had forgotten that travelling by train could be so pleasant, especially when compared to air travel. Boarding the train is completely fuss free, no security goon worries if I am carrying a tube of toothpaste (which apparently, is dangerous now) and nobody at the station had a panic attack because I was carrying a Swiss army knife. I also did not have to stand in a line anywhere, nor did I have to undress to get onto the train. Once onboard the train, the coffee came in normal sized cups, and actually tasted like good coffee, unlike airline economy-class coffee. And was the train any worse off because the passengers had not been through security checks??? No. It even arrived in Oslo early. Almost forgot to mention that they were serving hot, fresh cinnamon rolls from the oven in the cafe onboard. Well done NSB ! Already sent an email to NSB to congratulate them, as it is good to give positive feedback when it is due.
And another photo out of the archives, and from the other side of the world……coral reefs surrounding the islands of Fiji.
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Thought for the day….” If money does not grow on trees, then why do banks have branches? “.
” Why do round pizzas come in square boxes? “
When we travel now, we are never really out of touch, because with internet and mobile phones, then there is always a link, even in surprisingly ‘remote’ places. In the news from Japan is a story that they are launching internet ‘fasting camps’ so that the estimated 1/2 million children in Japan who are addicted to the internet can receive help. California in the USA already has a digital detoxing resort for adults but the Japanese Education authority is now targeting children in an attempt to get them to do more activities WITHOUT internet.
Today’s photo shows one of the great railway journeys in the world, the Oslo-Bergen line in Norway. Seen here on an early autumn day, is the train heading for Oslo, not far from the town of Nesbyen. The 493km journey crosses the Hardangervidda plateau, and reaches a height of 1222m at Finse before descending to sea level near Bergen. The newer tilting trains that were introduced on this line in 2000 are gradually being replaced by locomotive hauled trains (as in the photo) which handle the snow and conditions on the line better.
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