Back from the trip. It was truly a life-changing experience. I have never seen so much beauty in such a short time!
It was my first time riding a train in the United States and let me tell you, it's so very different. Everything was designed so efficiently that it's hard to imagine. The showers and toilets in the full bedrooms were both together in what might be a space of 3x3 feet. Rooms were shared by two persons - our bedroom was only 6x7 feet large in total - which was the largest the train offered. Two of us in the group had roommettes which were 3x6 feet large! We all had to live in these tiny closets for a total of 6 days.