The journey starts from Kunming's North Station, a bus ride away for us. Although 2-3 other trains leave the hardly-used station each day, the one to ShiZui starts at a convenient time and is only 40 minutes each way. ShiZui itself is an area in the outskirts of the city which few folk have ever heard of but, once there, the engine simply decouples and toots its way to the back of the train to make the return journey. So, apart from a few train buffs, the vast majority of passengers are parents and grandparents taking their children for a cheap (2RMB/20p return) trip out. JD was fascinated and didn't stop talking about the trip all day. We must go again soon.
Ava and I took JD for a trip on the local train once again yesterday. The last time we went was about 6 months ago but, despite Ava spotting that JD was wearing the same jacket as last time (has he stopped growing?), the trip itself felt quite different. Last time, JD was more largely oblivious to the train and more interested in his snacks and begging for sweets from fellow passengers. This time though he was really excited about the train from start to finish. So excited, in fact, that he needed three trips to the toilet (thankfully with sufficient warning each time).
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