First train journey of the trip!
Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
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Our first one today is 8 hours from Mamallapuram to Madurai which is pretty short. Last year I did a 19 hour journey from Delhi to Jaisalmer which seemed epic to me but I'm sure there's far longer routes.
For me it's an opportunity to get to know the other people in the group and also some of the fellow passengers if they're friendly. Also nice to whack on the iPod and zone out for a few hours. Chan even borrowed my iPod for a bit and was rocking out to some Elton John tunes!
We left the hotel at 7am to catch a bus to the train station which was about an hour
I'm about halfway into the journey now. Up til this point we've mostly been chatting, eating, taking pics and admiring the view out of the window. South India is so lush and green, it also seems fresher and cleaner than the north from what I can tell.
The toilets on the train aren't the best! On my last trip we decided it was better to go at the beginning of the journey cos it gets progressively worse throughout but if you've gotta go, you've gotta go! I was gonna take a pic but too worried I'll drop my phone down the loo and I'm not going in to get it!
Had some lunch on the train which was a basic but tasty vegetable biryani. They eat a lot more rice down south I've noticed, I miss naan bread! The curries are delish though so I can't complain....