It was such a comfy and pleasant experience. The waiting area at Kubwa in Abuja looks better than some airports in the country. The place is very organized and the train was right on time.
We were asked to queue up outside after some time and soon enough, the train arrived from Idu. And immediately the doors opened, Nigerians began to rush forward. I thought perhaps there weren’t going to be enough seats and they didn’t want to go in and stand. But there was ample space. In fact, the train never got filled up. So why the rush? Because we are Nigerians and it’s in our DNA.
It was such a smooth ride and I sat close to the window and enjoyed the scenery: the vast farmlands, lakes and rivers and simple village folks waving to us as we went by. It was all so picturesque. Like something right out of an ‘Eze goes to school’ story.
They kept to the five minutes stop time at each station and in just over two hours, we were at our destination.
It was a thousand, fifty naira (one thousand, five hundred for the first class ticket), well spent. I just hope that it doesn’t go to ruins soon as a result of lack of maintenance. This is after all, Nigeria.
It was my first travel experience on train, and it was indeed an unforgettable journey. So have any of you traveled on train before? Mine will remain the best.