Coincidence and travel in Hungary.

Coincidence and Travel: Wrong Turn, Wrong Town, Wrong Time.  When the wrong turn turns out right. In 1979 my first wife and I quit our jobs, shipped our Ford van to Europe as baggage aboard a Polish ocean liner, and lived in Europe, in the van, for a year. That was the year when OPEC raised petroleum prices frequently, the value of the dollar plunged, and our plans for nights in hotels and meals in nice restaurants went awry. We’d already spent time in Czechoslovakia, as it was…

Travel blog train in Mexico

Train on the Plain. There was a golden age of passenger train travel in Mexico. As long distance passenger train travel faded in the States, much of the rolling stock migrated to Mexico. I learned many of the tricks of Mexican train travel bit by bit, trip after trip. I found out 36-hour trips were much easier, and still affordable, with a reserved private room for two in a Pullman car, often equipped with a small bathroom, and always with a sofa to stretch out on, an easy…