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from our Amtrak window  by Anna Annino (c.)

the city, appreciated in this silver light

if you haven’t ridden a long-distance train lately, be prepared for the romance of the clackety-clack

the convenience of no seat belts & movement at will & seats that include pop-up feet rests

& a community of strangers who are the cause of the lonesome whistle sounding

our conductors were friendly & we loved seeing them carry babies down the aisle to their seats

for travel at such a crunch time – the holidays – the clackety-clack tracks were the best