My Great New England Train Adventure

The reflection of trees on the clear water of Vermont lakes

By Zeenath Khan

Friends and family met my decision to travel to Vermont from Manhattan with various degrees of incredulity. 

‘How can you stand the idea of being in a train for 9 hours?’

‘Do you know that driving only takes five hours?’

Eighteen months of life in pandemic conditions had stirred a wanderlust within me. I’d always fantasized about seeing the barren landscape of the Silk Route through a train window. For now, I had to make due with traveling through mundane New England. For inspiration, I downloaded Paul Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar on my Kindle. Theroux is one ...

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