Since then, I have been travelling across Europe almost exlusively by train (apart from the occasional boat trip), good for some 70,000 km of long-distance travel.
According to the International Union of Railways, the high speed train "plays a key role in a stage of sustainable development and combating climate change".
A look at European railway history shows that the choice for the elite high speed train is far from necessary.
Earlier efforts to organize speedy international rail services in Europe accompanied affordable prices and different ways to increase the speed and comfort of a rail trip.
As more and more reliable train routes are shut down in favour of high speed lines, international train travel becomes prohibitively expensive.
Strangely enough, many of these abolished routes are almost as fast, and sometimes even faster, than the new, expensive high speed connections.
The final link between Barcelona and the French border was inaugurated December 15, 2013. The section between Paris and Amsterdam is a busy trajectory with a long history.