As an ex-London commuter I have a deep hatred of all things underground-related (or ‘subway-related’, for my American friends). Which is why I never thought I’d find myself saying that I love the circle line – albeit that the circle line I now love is a bit different to that yellow thing running around central London.
Chris and I stopped off in Myanmar on the way home from Cambodia and according to those in the know, the circle line around Yangon was a trip worth doing. So leaving our London-phobic reservations aside we bought ourselves two tickets and hopped aboard for three of the most fun hours we’ve ever spent on a train.
The circle line leaves Yangon station every hour or so (seemingly) and for three hours winds its way around a loop of the city. The scenery outside of the windows alone makes the trip worthwhile in its own right. But it is more the comings and goings inside of the train which really makes the journey so memorable. Apart from the fact you may well be the only foreigners in your carriage which in itself makes life a little more interesting, the characters who get on and off the train, and the many and varied things they get up to, make for a fascinating journey.
We also met a 75-year-old Burmese man who told us about his life as a sailor and his trips around the world. In typical sailor fashion when I told him I was German he told me I was very beautiful, in perfect German, which made me wonder how many other languages he might be able to flirt in! He even bought Chris and I an orange each from one of the many train vendors, which considering his meagre pension (the exact amount of which came up in conversation) was such a kind gesture.
Have you been on the circle line, or if not, what’s your favourite train journey?