Boston-bound on my birthday

I wanted to turn 23 in Boston. Or maybe I wanted to try to end the 22nd year of my life on a good note — the kind of "good note" that even a maestro would appreciate.

 

But first I needed to arrange a way to travel from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. Bicycle? Boat? Private helicopter?

 

Train it was.

 

A few years ago I remember reading a column by George Fattman that discussed how he and his wife took a train from Johnstown to New York. George wrote that he enjoyed taking the train, and his "thumbs up" never retreated from the back of my mind. It became all the encouragement I needed to book a ticket for myself someday.

 

That "someday" happened to be last Friday. I stepped up to the counter at the Amtrak station in Johnstown and handed over a computer printout displaying my confirmation number, departure times and my name.

 

"Have you ever been on the train before?" the lady behind the counter asked.

 

"I haven't," I said.

 

I was happy that was finally going to change. Besides, every writer should travel on a train, and here's why.

 

Aside from the fact that so many brilliant writers traveled on trains (including my favorite writer, Oscar Wilde), train rides give writers an opportunity to relax, reflect and best of all, write. Inspiration comes from everywhere: the people on the train with you, the sights outside the window, the train stations full of people waiting to board their next train.

 

While I was waiting to board my first train, I made friends with an IUP graduate who was traveling to New Jersey to visit her family. She was no stranger to taking the train, and decided to sit across from me near the back. We made our first stop less than an hour later.

 

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