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Amazing diary, indeed!
The discussion in the diary and the comments is mainly
about economic and political benefits, but if these projects take place, I think they will be benefits in a broader sphere of interrelations between Europe, Russia,and Asia. The cultural and social aspects should not be forgotten; I mean the connection between different cultures and societies could be "explored live" not through discovery channel or some magazines. The tourists flow in both directions will rise, even if the tickets are expensive at the beginning, could you imagine the challenge of travelling with train in the Old Silk Route or through Siberia up to the far east Russian coast. With a plain you can go from Brussels to Tokyo, but you will not see any of the variety and beauty of Asia or the Russian countriside.

The counterarguments like corruption, uncertainty, high expenses, political turmoils are definetely valid, but they will make the journey even more exciting. I do not know what do you think about this kind of tourism and experience, but I personally am looking forward for the first Trans Asian tourist train ;)))


I'm not ugly,but my beauty is a total creation.Hegel

by Chris on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 08:22:45 AM EST
Can't you already take the Transiberian as a tourist train, if you like?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 08:24:40 AM EST
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Yes, of course, but from Bulgaria to India, for example,I can go only with a plane,not on a trip through the Middle East or the ex Soviet republics, or it will be too difficult at least.

I'm not ugly,but my beauty is a total creation.Hegel
by Chris on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 08:31:01 AM EST
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Thanks for the enthusiasm, though I shall note that I think EU-China/India passenger transport, and high-speed lines as envisioned by Alex along these corridors, is a pipe dream for the foreseeable future. (But not one I don't dream of, of course :-) )

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 01:15:10 PM EST
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