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Thanks for this beautiful diary, which brings back memories of many train journeys of former years. I live in Vienna and sometimes had to attend UN meetings in Geneva. I always had to change in Zurich, and the distance between Zurick and Innsbruck usually seemed endless. In 1978 I went from Innsbruck all the way to Lisbon by train, and back; due to the special reduced student ticket I had to spend a whole day in Geneva each way, and another in Barcelona, no hardship. Even then the price level was much higher in Switzerland than in Austria, while Portugal was dirt cheap in comparison. Another favourite route of my younger years was Innsbruck to Paris with a Couchette, you could depart in the late afternoon and arrive in Paris the early morning, after traversing Switzerland overnight.
by Minerva00 on Thu Mar 27th, 2014 at 03:18:23 PM EST

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