Almost Heaven

Trip Start Jun 01, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Saturday, August 9, 2008

As I sit here on the train from Innsbruck to Zurich I am amazed by the views.  Fields of Lavender everywhere and mountains beyond mountains.  In fact the mountains are even snowcapped.  I am looking out at these lush green meadows filled with little wooden huts that must be used allow crops sufficient times to dry.  There is even a river beside the train tracks.  It is creamy green.  The color comes from the glaciers that feed it.  As I am typing a mom and her son are leaving our carriage. Even though I don't understand German very well, I do smile back when they offer a kind goodbye.  The current station is St. Anton am Arlberg and is a place first on my list to surely return to.  Though it has been quite sometime since the last trip, I have a feeling it won't be too long before the next.  Perhaps even within the year.  I have to try the skiing.  I just met a medical student from Innsbruck who raved about the conditions here and can't wait to test them myself.  It is hard however to come back to the same place when there are so many other wonderful ones not yet seen.   I have a Rwandan friend living in Capetown who is begging me to visit (although I told him not until the World Cup in 2010), a Brazilian and Swede to visit, and a friend going to Chad this winter on a mission trip which sounds delightful.  And to top it off I didn't even make it to Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia or even Spain.  This place seems so much like home though.  I can't explain exactly why but it seems like the "realest" place I have been to, beautiful and real, nature at its very best.  The mountains are monstrous, shear cliffs of rock and ice, overlooking the most gorgeous alpine homes.  It feels as if I am at a ski village, and perhaps this is why I am so found of the place.    As we pop out of yet another tunnel, I now see the source of the creamy green color.  Several hundred meters to my left there is a HUGE STEEP rock face.  Although not covered at the moment by snow, I can see that in the winter there are several chutes that traverse it and probably give way to avalanches several times a winter.  Now, along the face runs a waterfall.  As I peer up the fall in search of the glacier, I can only imagine it there.  I know its up there though.  I haven't seen it, but it must be just like the ones up at St. Moritz in Switzerland, and I have seen those.  Oh... wait... we may be in Switzerland already.  Nevertheless, wherever we are, I am sure it is close to heaven (at least mine). 
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