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What is it about trains that captures the imagination like no other method of travel? Maybe the memory of long shrill whistles in the middle of the night, mixed with dreams of faraway, exotic places? Or the cherished recollection of a new train set on Christmas morning?
National Geographic Traveler Magazine named it one of the 10 most beautiful train journeys in Europe; history remembers it as a masterpiece in Norwegian engineering of its day; I remember it as one of the most enchanting moments of my tour in Norway-riding the Flåm Railway or Flåmsbana as it's known locally.
Waiting to board the Rocky Mountaineer in Vancouver I'm excited about many things: the caffeine in the station lobby, the possibility of seeing WILDLIFE, the certainty of seeing MOUNTAINS and the bagpipe music that is giving us a big sendoff.
In 1973, Western music, including symphonic classics by Bach, Beethoven, et al, were banned by the government in Peru. And yet, these musicians weren’t at all deterred by the harsh censorship. They formalized their group into a band they named Arcoiris de Cusco (The Cusco Rainbow).
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