Apr 2, 2020 - 11:26 PM
in reply to CabinJon
Darn. Just lost another post, so I'll try to recreate it. Sometimes I save in Notepad before pressing "Post this reply" but this time I forgot. So here goes:
<< I am thinking about reserving a few days for just going to the train station, getting on the very next train leaving, and see where we end up, whether that is determined by the train's termination point or by our impulse when arriving at a town along the way that catches our immediate interest. >>
That sounds like a cool idea, providing you have the luxury of plenty of time. It reminds me of a story I once heard of a man who would book flights to a destination, not tell his wife where it was, took her to the airport, found ways to conceal their destination from her (not easy in 2020) and she'd only know where they were going when she stepped out of the plane. Sounds almost impossible, but it would have been fun for both of them, and it makes a good story.
If you are in a large train station, like Zurich or Berne or Lucerne (and also many others to a varying extent) there will be many platforms and frequent departures in many directions (as you already know). For the smallest of the stations, the choice will be to continue in the direction you were headed the day before, or to go back from whence you came. Unless, of course, you are making round trips each day. In such cases, try to find a different route to return, rather than back-tracking.
It is too bad you missed out on your planned travel to the Ticino and Montreux. Those places will still be there next time and are both worth the visit.