"It will be romantic," he said.
"It's a true European experience," he said.
"Look at how happy and comfortable they are," he said.
From SBB Website
And from the picture on the SBB website it looked alright.
So I agreed to it. I said we could go on the overnight train from Zürich to Rome.
But when we got to the train station, we didn't have the clean, comfortable Swiss train cabin.
No indeed, we spent an 11 hour train ride in an overheated, noisy, dirty Italian sleeper car. Circa 1948.
And I didn't even take a picture of the shared bathroom. That was just too scary to inflict upon others.
So while GLH peacefully slept, I laid in the uncomfortable berth that was too short. I tried to read with the very weak light, but failed. I listened to the other passengers talking loudly. And in Italian so I couldn't even eavesdrop. And I felt every single bump, rattle and knock that the rickety train could create.
For 11 hours.
Knowing that in 4 days I would have to turn around and do it in reverse.
But I was consoled by this glorious room at the St. Regis Grand Hotel...
And I didn't even mind that GLH ended up having to work for a few hours when we first got there. It gave me time to shower and sleep.
This morning on the train ride back GLH said "This isn't so bad. We'll do it again."
I looked at him and said "You can do it again. I'll take a plane and meet you there."
More on Rome coming soon...