A Train Journey
Traveling inspires people for many things and changes lives. The opportunity to learn a new culture and languages, put yourself in the difficult circumstances happens not that frequently as we wish. Various ways to reach the destination point and different personal experiences make your journey special. Old railroads in post-Soviet countries, mopeds in Thailand, auto rickshaws in Sri-Lanka brighten your memories and integrates you into the local culture.
The best way to express your impressions is to write a story in the format of the essay. Choose the mode of transport carefully to make the essay interesting. Concentrate on talking about people and their lives avoiding descriptions of transport appearance. Long-term journey with one kind of mode of travel is more preferable. Combine communication with other passengers and views from the windows or doorways. Type of essay which is appropriate here is narrative.
Begin with the introduction, in which say why the topic is important for you and what was the reason for your journey. Give a hint to your expectations of the journey and what actually happened. In thesis statement generalize future body paragraphs in comprehensive points: transport, characters, the view, food and cultural peculiarities of the country.
Many fascinating journeys begin with impulse decisions – the same happened with me and Sri-Lanka. Stories about virgin nature and lack of civilization facilities attract people to visit this place. Immersion into the new life can take months, but I had only two weeks to discover Buddhist traditions and Sri-Lankan lifestyle. The most significant displacements I made by famous Lankan trains, which reflect a history of this country and say a lot about its inhabitants. Train journey gave me the opportunity to explore the history of Sri-Lanka, familial values of its people, traditional food, and lifestyle.
Continue your essay with body paragraphs. The narrative essay requires creative and catchy phrases, which keep the reader interested in your story. Add some simple and understandable details to each of the paragraphs: historical facts which describe the country, visual and tactile sensation, smell. The beginning and the end of your journey should be highlighted in the body paragraphs. Balance the information you provide and do not forget about personal involvement. Reflect thesis statement points and expand their meaning.
The sri-lankan railroad is the impressive human construction which describes part of its history. It was built in the second part of the 19-th century by English colonialists and exists till now. Locals used this road to beam tea and coffee to the different regions of the country. Now we can see wagons of three classes, the first for tourists who prefer comfortable trips and other two for locals. To feel the spirit of Sri-Lankan railroad I joined the third class. During the trip, tourist stay on the step of the wagon to see spectacular views. Tea plantations, portal frame bridge and endless greenery of the local fields – all of these things you can observe from the windows. Old iron and leather seats take us to the atmosphere of 1880-s. Despite the fact that trains are very old, they are secure.
It is difficult not to notice the attitude of people to each sitting with them in one wagon. Families travel by train and even lines to get to their job or visit relatives. Sri-Lankan people are very religious and follow traditions of Buddhist culture. They readily help the foreigners, but relationships between relatives have deeper character. Older generations live together with younger ones – it is visible in a respectful attitude to each other. Children stay with their parents much longer than in European countries, family ties are very strong. Warmness in relationships is a key thing in Sri-Lankan culture – children help the parents to develop familial business, while the whole family contributes to the choice of a couple and building your own house.
Sri-Lankans often sell some food and share it with foreigners during the train trip. The main spice in this country is curry – you can see it in many dished in different proportions. In the train, locals may eat a traditional meal – rice with carrying. Almost all the food is vegetarian due to Buddhist traditions, locals eat more fish than meat. Rice cakes and coconuts replace bread in Sri-Lankan cuisine. Locals prefer plain food which is fast in cooking. People, children especially, eat a lot of fruits – they are cheap here and very high-quality. Sri-Lankans have a big variety of snacks and will never sell a rotten or unripe fruit – they respect other people and their health.
The lifestyle of local people is remarkable and inspires to get back one more time. Sri-Lankans respect the nature – you can see it on the streets and passing greenery views. Dogs, monkeys, snakes, and cows can be seen in their natural habitat – they are not afraid of people and have big populations here. Locals are not in the pursuit of material wealth. You can notice it in their plain clothes and modest behavior, they strive to live in harmony with nature. Sri-Lankans believe that their bad actions will be mirrored on themselves, so they will not offend you without a specific reason. This country is not rich, luxurious destinations are build only for the tourists. Locals prefer to stay in the familial circle and concentrate on their daily life.
Finish your essay with a conclusion which summarizes your emotions and achievements. Mention the conclusions you have made during your journey and how transport means can change your experience with the country. Call other people to travel more, if you consider it useful for self-development and achievement of life goals.
Journeys help us to rethink our lifestyle and habits – it is enough to have only train experience to do it. Traveling with locals contributes to noticing their attitude to each other, food preferences, discovering their beliefs and aims in life. Sri-Lanka is a unique place with a difficult combination of colonialist past and combined present. It is one of the last places on Earth, where people preserved their traditions and continue to live a simple life. All the things described can be discovered in the one old train – others are waiting for you outside. Be never afraid to immerse into the local culture and meet unfamiliar things. Later you can love it with your entire heart and want to tell about this place to more people.