Sitting in a large panorama car with 3 mature German citizens on vacation, I stared at the steam rising off the snow on either side of the river as we slowly zig zagged back to Visp
. On each side of the train stood the same snow covered mountains that I had passed by a few days before. However, this train ride was much more suited to a curious tourist. We were given head phones which periodically provided us with interesting information regarding the sights we were passing by. Within the next few hours we passed by Switzerlands tallest mountains (standing over 4500 meters tall) and crossed its deepest valley. My favourite river, which I walked along most days during my time in Zermatt, seemed to follow our train like a loving puppy; first twisting and turning on my left and then disappearing to follow on the right. In some places the river was frozen still and covered with snow, but most of it was as lively as ever. The constant mountains holding us together sometimes seemed to disappear from one side, but never went very far away. As we slowly crept towards Chur I noticed that the amount of snow which coated all surfaces was slowly melting away. Apparently I was traveling into warmer temperatures. This allowed me to see what the mountains looked like both in the winter time as well as the spring.
I sat staring out the enormous windows all around me, day dreaming and appreciating the spectacular view. Soon my 5 hours of magical scenery had come to an end and I stepped off the train in Chur.
I had purchased an express ticket to Chur a few days earlier, but was surprised that it would take close to 5 hours to cross this very small country. My confusion was soon cleared when I boarded my train and a women on the PA system welcomed us aboard the world famous Glacier Express; the worlds slowest express train. My very first host, Jere and Arja from Helsinki, Finland had told Steve and I that we had better not leave Switzerland without taking the Bernina Express from St. Moritz to Tirano. Upon much contemplation I decided to take their advice and take the Bernina Express from Chur to Tirano rather than the more famous Glacier Express. But, I guess I was destined to take both!