A Toronto Transformation

Little Luxuries – Train Wine

drinking boxed wine on a train

Train wine makes the commute positively civilized!

When I moved to Toronto, one of the first orders of business was to sell my faithful little Pontiac Pursuit (which my grandparents named The Hot Pursuit, as I drove it while chasing down stories – “Boy scouts are planting trees on a farm!? What a scoop! I’ll get to the bottom of this!”).

Having a car in the city just seemed more like a burden than a convenience (good luck finding parking ever), and I certainly didn’t need the added expense.

As such, usually the only way for me to leave the city is by bus or train (or rental car, I suppose, but I far prefer the more environmentally friendly option of public transit). And, since I get ridiculously terrible motion sickness on buses, one luxury I am always happy to pay a little more for is Via Rail.

While it’s a bit of a coin toss whether or not your train will depart or arrive on time, overall, I really do love taking the train.

I love that I can read or chat or just stare out the window at the beautiful countryside as I’m whizzed along to my destination. And I really love being gently rocked to sleep as it trundles along the tracks.

And, if the other passengers decide to behave impolitely and make a move for my last nerve, as happens on occasion, there’s always the bonus luxury option of buying a lovely little juice box of wine from the bar cart and just easing into a nice mellow buzz.

A word to the wise though, do not be the obnoxiously drunk guy on the train, singing “Mockingbird” repeatedly and yelling “BAM!” at irregular intervals.

Nobody likes that guy.

12 Responses to Little Luxuries – Train Wine

  • Emma says:

    I love drinking on trains. Or anywhere really. Haha. But there is something charming about alcohol in a tetra pak, isn’t there?

  • Sarah Ann says:

    Train travel is truly the best! It takes me back in time for just those few moments of the commute. Lucky you are to live in a place with trains!

    • metamorphocity says:

      It’s definitely a benefit of living where I do. I only wish there were more trains at more convenient times. Unfortunately our government seems hell-bent on keeping people on the roads instead of the rails by cutting back on the number of trains and working stations and making them more and more expensive to ride. 🙁

  • You make train rides sound so much more appealing! I’m not a huge fan of them in Australia but when traveling overseas I don’t mind taking them. I suppose it’s juts the thrill of a new place, watching it pass by at super fast speeds and not being cramped up in a car. Then again if all trains offered booze on board I think I could be down for it hahaha!

    Dancing in Black

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