[tippy title ="When I was a kid" header=“off”] 私が子供の頃[/tippy], I [tippy title ="used to love" header=“off”] 好きだった[/tippy] [tippy title ="the sound of the train in the distance" header=“off”] 遠くの電車の音[/tippy]. [tippy title ="The tracks" header=“off”] その線路[/tippy] were [tippy title ="about a mile away from my home" header=“off”] 私の家から１マイルほど離れた[/tippy]. The sound of [tippy title ="the locomotive" header=“off”] その機関車[/tippy] and [tippy title ="the whistle blowing in the night" header=“off”] 夜に鳴っている汽笛[/tippy]…
|Hanoi’s Extremely Narrow Train Track Street||ハノイのとても幅の狭い電車が走る道|
|When I was a kid||私が子供の頃|
|used to love||好きだった|
|the sound of the train in the distance||遠くの電車の音|
|about a mile away from my home||私の家から１マイルほど離れた|
|the whistle blowing in the night||夜に鳴っている汽笛|
When I was a kid, I used to love the sound of the train in the distance. The tracks were about a mile away from my home. The sound of the locomotive and the whistle blowing in the night was somehow relaxing.
On the other hand, I don’t think I would feel as romantic about the sound of trains, if I lived in the neighborhood in the video below. In the video, you can see a train passing mere centimeters from people’s front doors. The train line is located in the heart of Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi. It passes through an area called the Old Quarter heading toward Long Bien Bridge.
The train comes rumbling through this old neighborhood twice a day: once at 4pm and once at 7pm. Even without a watch you know the train is coming when you see people putting away their things and going indoors. It is surprising that there aren’t more accidents. Luckily, for the locals it passes through only twice a day.
The Old Quarter that the train passes through has a nearly 1,000-year-old history and is one of the top tourist attractions in the city. There, visitors can find many buildings hardly changed from the 15th century and shops specializing in traditional goods.