Getting norther and norther, and it's getting both more 3D and more pretty

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The second begins in Swedish 2D country - Scania, on a train under rearrangement. After some shenanigans on Malmö central station, we're underway towards Stockholm, where we'll arrive at around 1430 this afternoon. For now, it's fields and breakfast.

Have now spent an ungodly amount of time at Hamburg Hbf, practicing trombone a bit (with a practice mute, on a semi-empty platform), eating a second dinner (indian good at the food court, decent) and generally wasting time. Train is coming. Eventually. one is almost over.

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Hello Frankfurt!

In other news, downloading videos to watch together ahead of time was definitely a good idea (watching Philosophytube's latest), and using a Pulseaudio combine sink is relatively straightforward once you learn what CLI commands to use (I maintain that it's a bad system tho), so listening in two pairs of headphones is Easy(tm) (one wired, one Bluetooth). We Keep getting more and more delayed though. 43 minutes now...

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2D country has been somewhat uninteresting and frustrating so far. Internet keeps dropping out, train keeps getting later and later, but we're creeping slowly closer to Hamburg, and there's no risk we'll miss our connection there.

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The change in Basel turned out to be surprisingly stressful as well! Mostly because in addition to changing trains, we also wanted to get some lunch, as well as a adapter from europlug to swiss plug... In the end we managed, and now sit on the train we're sitting on for the next 6.5 hours or so.

Goodbye Switzerland! It's been a weird two years, and you're a weird country, but I'm happy I got to know you!

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After Olten, tunnels.... Not only, but starting with a pretty long one, and there's more before Basel if my map reading skills are good enough. Such is life in a 3D country.

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Already in Olten! Some nice views on the way, but hard to catch on camera since they were generally quite fleeting. Instead I'll give you the roll in to Olten station.

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The track from Bern to Olten so far is many tunnels and walled sides of the highway, or through forests. I think it's a new, faster track though, meaning we can just blast on at however many km/h instead of needing to account for regional trains and stations. Convenient, if not as picturesque!

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Getting closer to Bern and the views are more and more obscured by forests and walls. A more folded landscape too.

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Some more pics of the views on the way to Fribourg. I really am going to miss the brilliant train network here.

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The rolling hills between Lac Léman and Fribourg is also beautiful in their own way. The train tracks often have a good view here.

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Time for a couple of s! We're heading home across Europe, after two years in Switzerland and Lausanne. Our first train runs to Bern, where we'll have a ten minute change to a train to Basel, where we have much more time to change trains (and masks - German standards are different than Swiss) to the ICE to Hamburg. After that is the Snälltåget night train.

But now it's the last time to enjoy the view of Lac Léman...

Getting the food late and having to rush to a train that turns out to be a little late itself, a classic...

Oh well. The food was pretty good at least.

And getting to the station we saw another of the heritage trains leaving.

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Getting closer to our first destination: Brig, and the valley is getting more narrow and rugged, but no less beautiful

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