Oh, the places you'll go (on Amtrak)!

Oh, the places you'll go (on Amtrak)!

It's been almost a year since I traveled from California to New York on Amtrak's California Zephyr and the Lake Shore Limited, but I can still remember how happy it made me. It's probably not for everyone: the bathroom is a tight squeeze; there are long stretches without much to see; and if you're antisocial you might want to scream when you have to describe, again, who you are and where you're going. But I loved it. And so I debunked six myths about train travel for my first story for Gothamist. You can read it here. And for more train goodness, there's my longer piece last year for Newsweek, which chronicles my attempts at birding and more of the intriguing people I met along the way.

Since dinner is served early on the train—and there isn't much to see at night—it's easy to wake and catch a sunrise.

Since dinner is served early on the train—and there isn't much to see at night—it's easy to wake and catch a sunrise.

The joy of counting malaria pills

The joy of counting malaria pills

There's a vegetable whisperer in Spain...

There's a vegetable whisperer in Spain...