The slowest express train in the world

We awoke as a newly engaged couple on Thursday 29 August and quickly ate breakfast before sitting down to a series of Skype sessions with our families.

Unfortunately Ed’s parents weren’t able to make the first but mine were ready to go half an hour later and, sensing good news, Dad had a bottle of chilled champagne at the ready. 

Mum, Dad, Bron and Megan were over the moon about our engagement and Megan couldn’t wipe the smile off her face, telling us ‘she knew it!’ and that she was so excited to be gaining a ‘brother from another mother’.

I showed my family the beautiful ring Ed had proposed with and Bron worried that we should have taken out additional travel insurance. We eventually admitted it was a cubic zirconium and that we would be choosing a ring together when we returned to Melbourne. Megan exclaimed ‘it’s plastic?!’ and cracked us all up!

After celebrating with my family (and asking them to keep our news ‘mum’ for a couple of days) we wandered back past the special place where Ed had proposed and into the town centre. On a recommendation we also managed to find a boutique jeweller who could resize my ‘plastic’ ring for me. Yes, I have tiny fingers …

Sparkling and glowing with happiness, Ed and I made our way to the train station and took our seats aboard the Glacier Express.

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The seven hour train ride was simply breathtaking with countless scenic highlights, including mountain lakes along the 2,033m high Oberalp pass, the Rhine gorge, quaint country towns and innumerable bridges, tunnels and viaducts. 

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We arrived at our hostel in St Moritz just after 6pm and sat down to a quick dinner before wandering down to the lake to take in Switzerland’s original winter wonderland at dusk.

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