Sichuan pepper peanuts with a stranger on a train

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019 | Dining carriage of a D train from Beijing to Shanghai

I’m on my fourth Xili (Heineken) – the beer a stranger at the dining car bar recommended when I asked, by way of striking up a conversation. Often, all it takes in a train or a bus or a café in a foreign country is a friendly remark, a curious question or a smile, before you’re invited into the world of someone you may have only swished past on a nameless train platform. 

Continue reading “Sichuan pepper peanuts with a stranger on a train”