TRAINS: From Vientiane to Bangkok

Nowadays a train from Vientiane to Bangkok is fairly easy. Go here to see the schedules and get tips. I did this in 1969, in my early teens and it was… different. There were at the time no dentists in Laos, at least none that my parents trusted, and so we went to Bangkok to get our teeth looked at. For some reason I had to go — but I can’t remember any toothache. And for some reason we didn’t fly, a trip that would then take perhaps an hour or two.

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TRAINS: Promising Me New Worlds

Cat Kimbriel thought long and hard about applying for an Amtrak Writer’s Residency, and even wrote this piece for it. But she drew the line at asking her sisters (one who had been in utero,) her mother, and her deceased father to sign off on the piece. Instead, she confesses to you that she may have been born a storyteller one dark night as she looked out a Pullman sleeper car train window and discovered America.

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