One of my favorite games when I was growing up was called “Across the Continent.” It was all about taking train routes across the United States, and being the first to get from coast to coast. My brothers and I spent lots of hours playing it. As a matter of fact, I still have the old game board, although those little trains and the cards are long gone. (I found this photo on the internet, and was thrilled to see all the pieces again!)
Even though it’s been a busy week, with report cards and parent conferences, I have been listening to the audiobook, The Old Patagonian Express, by Paul Theroux. I wonder if my enjoyment of Mr. Theroux’s books on his train travels throughout the world is partly due to my love of this old game? This book is about his trip from Boston to Patagonia by lots of different trains! He tells story after story, and his observations are acute, sometimes acerbic, but always insightful and interesting. I have at my side during this armchair travel, a map of Latin America and am following closely along as he proceeds southward.