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If you’re in Yangon, Myanmar and you have three hours to spare, take a ride on the circle train. This slow, rickety train goes around the city and stops at 39 small railway stations along the way. The whole loop is about 46 km long and will take approximately three hours to complete.
At every station, people get on and off and vendors sell their wares. It’s a whirlwind of colors, sounds and smells. As the train pulls out, different neighborhoods, villages, rice fields and pastures drift by. It never gets boring. And the whole trip doesn’t cost more than 50 cents.
But go quickly. Rumor has it that the circle train will be modernized. That may be good for commuters and for progress, but Yangon would lose a truly unique and wonderful attraction.
The other day, I was riding home after work on the commuter train. A young woman sat down oppsite me in the crowded compartment. Everyone on that train was either talking, drowsing or listening to their mp-3 players. I looked at her and thought that there was something different about her, but it took me a few moments to realize it: she was reading her book, totally unperturbed by the noise and commotion around her – and she wasn’t wearing headphones.
How strange, I thought, someone who doesn’t need an i-pod to shut out the rest of the world and can simply concentrate on the story she is reading.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see what book it was that managed to captivate her so.