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This is what wonder feels like

It seems the world is much more romantic when viewed through a train window. As I ride from Berlin to Prague, I am overcome with a warm, fuzzy kind of happiness. My heart skips with excitement and wonder as I look upon lush green fields adorned with sunshine-yellow dandelions; eminent rows of wind turbines; uniformed villages with red-roofed, white-walled, flower-boxed houses; and bold stone cliffs with pine-lined ridges that flank lazy streams.  Approaching the German-Czech border, the train snaked around a river bend to reveal a white castle perched on a cliff edge – that’s right – a castle! What a wonderful, magical world!

I have imagined travelling though Europe by train for as long as I can remember. As a child I believed it would be a more Hogswarts Express-like experience: steam billowing from the train as I travelled to a far-away land.  In my final year of school, I wrote a novella that attempted to explore the metaphysical journey of a teen in emotional turmoil, as represented through train travel and bold adventures in Europe. All I had to base my words were pictures, travel accounts and an enthusiastic imagination.

But now, as I sit in my window seat and watch the Czech countryside flash by, I realise my past musings were not so far from the glorious reality, which has been worth dreaming about.

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One comment on “This is what wonder feels like

  1. broadsideblog
    February 3, 2012

    Train travel is my favorite thing in the world. There is just something innately so much more fun than a plane or boat or car.

    I traveled the entire width of the USA in August 2002. Unforgettable! It totally changed my perspective on this place, where I’ve lived (from Canada) since 1989. I truly understood the song phrase “amber waves of grain” after seeing them for miles. I love trains in Europe — I went to sleep in Paris heading to Copenhagen and awoke to new currency and language, after the train also traveled by ferry!

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