Monday, December 17, 2012
A train ride through the Alps
Ok, I know, it's been forever, but I'm not sorry.
Our last week of European travel was just that: travel. We went to Leipzig and back, Munich to Graz and back, to Amsterdam and back, and then we flew home, which was journey enough in it's own right. To get from Oberweissenbrunn to Columbia, SC, we had to take a bus, two trains, three planes, and a taxi to our apartment well after midnight. All in all, about 20 hours of travelling in one day. Needless to say, we have spent a week straight lounging around the house, leaving only for food gathering and light Christmas shopping.
After many loads of laundry, and tending to the kitty who needs to show how much she missed us at every moment she can, I have finally gotten around to emptying my memory card. Good thing I took two 16GB cards . . .
So back to the topic at hand: The Alps! As a native Floridian, mountains aren't really something I grew up with. At all. Even the rolling hills of the Midlands here get me excited, so imagine my being glued to the window of the train as we rode through some of the most majestic mountains I have ever seen. And then it started snowing.
We watched the mountains at a distance at first, fast approaching. Then we were alongside next to them. Then we plunged into yet another tunnel, only this time when we came out, we were in the mountains! I will never forget the feeling of being so small amongst them. John and I agreed, Strauss's Alpine Symphony made a lot more sense now. He hummed along as we snaked our way through.
Listen to this as you view the rest: Alpine Symphony- At the Summit. I promise it's worth it.
We ate our train picnic (beer and a Bavarian sandwich) with this magnificent backdrop. Unreal.
Oh look, there's a castle on that mountain top. How could they possibly have built that there?!
In all seriousness, I would fly back over there just to do this train ride again.