December 5th of 2007, I arrived in Los Angeles for my 1 month vacation in the United States of America (USA) to be with my family. And on the 7th, I took a ride on Amtrak to bring me to San Jose. Since my brother is in Milpitas, I decided to stay with him for a whole week and go back to LA.
Prior to my trip to the US, I booked my trip through the Amtrak website. My train trip leaves 7:30 AM from the Los Angeles Union Station and arrive at the Great America station in Santa Clara at 6:12 PM. The train trip is divided into 3 legs, an LA to San Luis Obispo station, then a bus connection to San Jose, and then a short train ride to Santa Clara – Great America station.
I arrived at the Union Station in LA at 6:30 AM, since I had to still get my tickets at the ticketing station and boarding to the train is 30 minutes before departure. Coming in to the terminal, I find myself in a beautifully interior designed station where the ceiling is wooden. It also has this round chandeliers that light up the hall. There are two ways to get a printed ticket for the trip. One is using the Quik Trak machine and the other is in the ticket counter. I had mine through the counter.