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  • I have been to the top of Europe twice in my life. In case you haven't been the top of Europe is located in Switzerland. It is a magical train ride that tunnels inside of a glacier and comes out above the clouds.

    The first time I took this ride I was in my 30's and among a sea of people who did not speak my language. I was alone in a crowd. Many of the travelers were from Asia and they were taking photographs of the everything! I went into the bathroom and there was a lady taking a picture of the toilet. I recall watching her, suddenly she spun around looked at me, looked down and took a picture of my shoes! They were nice shoes, but really...I had to laugh.

    The next time I took this train I was in my 40's and was traveling with my family. My husband about fainted when we purchased the tickets. If I remember correctly, it was about $600 for the four of us. In my humble opinion, the ride is well worth the expense. This time my trip was much more memorable. I was with others sharing in the experience. Together we slid through the ice sculptures, we threw snowballs at each other and we marveled at the wonder of this awesome site. It was one of those days that I will always hold close to my heart.

    I did have funny encounter with another person from Asia. This time it was a man who was fascinated with our son's blond hair. He watched us for awhile finally getting the courage to approach us. He spoke kindly to my son, then tousled his hair and quickly walked away. We have heard that this is done for good luck, but I am not really sure.

    Each time on the train ride back, I gaze out the window and feel the joy of being alive and having the privilege of being able to experience this magical trip to the top of Europe.
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