Using a train as a mode of transport in Australia seems counterintuitive. The distances are huge and there is no rail network to speak of. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, you must travel with “The Khan”. The railway connecting Adelaide and Darwin is not only one of the oldest modes of transport, it also provides a transcontinental route. Passing tropical forests and coastline, the desert with its red rock formations. That doesn’t mean you have to stick to the window. The Khan has been renovated as a rolling hotel with an Orient Express feel, with single rooms, lounges and a wooden dining car. As always in Australia, you immediately start talking to everyone. With a woman who sold her house at 65 and now wants to travel. Or with a woman who drinks tea and talks about the natural forces of her homeland as others talk about the weather. In the 1990s, he experienced a hurricane in Katherine, after which everyone had to leave town. Her newspaper kiosk was papier-mâché, only shrunk and covered playboy have survived. After three days, you’ve covered nearly 3000 kilometers and four climates, seeing old telegraph stations and learning about the so-called Afghan drivers of camel caravans that carried supplies this way, where you eat a lot and talk. , so after these three days an old realization sets in: the journey is the destination, and the time you spend on public transport while travelling.
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