Trains Across Europe
The Europeans are so lucky to have a semi-functional train system. I'm sure many of them find reasons to complain, but to me, it's all pretty awesome. The idea of a working train system is pretty foreign to Americans. This notion that you can get on a train in one city and then hop-skip your way to another city is kind of a novel idea to us! If you're in Houston, for example, and you decide to go to Dallas, then "getting on the train" isn't even one of the things that crosses your mind. I don't know that much about the passenger rail system in the US, and I guess that means its in pretty dire shape. Without even asking, I can almost guarantee our biggest passenger rail service is subsidized by the government. And that, of course, means that I am personally paying for something that I know nothing about. I'm reminded of this when I go to Europe and can get on a train in Montpellier and end up here, in Barcelona. And not only that, but the train stations are all pretty interesting to explore.
- Trey Ratcliff
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