Trip with Amtrak Train 7/8/11

July 8, 2011

As a typical Japanese myself I grew up riding trains and buses from the very young age. Our family was living in southern part of Japan, Yamaguchi Prefecture,  when I was born and lived until I was 5 years old. My parents are from Tokyo so we went back to Tokyo with sleeping trains occasionally. After Yamaguchi  we moved to Akita Prefecture which is located northern part of Japan (!), and lived until I was 9 years old. So our train traveling continued. Then I became a city girl in Tokyo! I entered Girls Private middle school, Performing Arts High School, then Toho Conservatory so all those years I went to school by trains and buses. After I moved to US I have never taken train except short rides in NY, San Francisco, LA–. I was dreaming to do a long trip with Amtrak one day so I exercised riding Amtrak for short trip to Santa Barbara. It was one of the best trips I ever taken in US, very relaxing. Soon after I went to inside of the court I felt I was back in home and just relaxed. America is so big that most of our travels are done by airplane-rental car or long driving. On the way to Santa Barbara from Burbank station I was looking outside and doing nothing, but most comfortable! I am eager to go for a longer trip with Amtrak. We try to do things too efficiently so that those doing-nothing-hours are precious, just enjoy passing time.

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