I mentioned in yesterday’s update something about keeping an eye on the weather for a sunny day. I’ve also been waiting for some snow as well. And I got both, one day after the other.
Guess I’m still a little kid. A couple times last night I got up and looked outside to see if it was snowing. It was around 9:00 this morning when I saw the first flakes. Very happy to see the snow! It has been well worth the wait!
After a little prep time, I was out the door and into the snow. Felt good to hear the crunch of fresh snow under my boots. I had a few errands this morning so will get some good “me” time with the snow.
The first errand was to pay the remainder of my rent to the landlord up at his hotel, located on the southern hillside of town. I suppose I could have walked, but used the snow and the slippery hillside as an excuse to take one of the local taxis. The taxis here are electric since combustion vehicles and private cars are not allowed.
I walked over to the central square where the bahnhof (train station) and several tourist shops are located, along with a taxi queue. The ride was fun and I now know what its like to dodge the pedestrians – who sometimes, or sometimes not, pay attention that they might be run over by a taxi. Up the hill we went and was at the hotel within 10 minutes. The fare was 12 CHF (Swiss Francs). Perhaps the fare was a little steep, but so was the hillside.
When I got into the hotel (all the hotels in Zermatt are small boutique hotels) I looked for the bookkeeper who would take my rent payment. Once I found her, she figured out my rent balance and asked for it in cash. I was a little surprised and said I did not carry around that much cash with me. After some discussion she said the payment could be made by card. After completing the transaction, she asked if I was planning to return next year. I said yes. Love Zermatt!
I decided to walk back into town to complete the rest of my errands. My next stop was to get a haircut – which turned out to be a good learning experience for me. First of all, do not assume that the person sitting in the chair in front of the big mirror eating lunch works at the salon. Turns out he was a customer and the person who I needed to talk to was walking up the stairs. I also learned that that they (at least at this salon) do not use numbered guides for their shavers, but use millimeters. For the record, I use a #2 or a 6 mm guide.
Next was a trip to the post office to mail a letter and then to a stationery shop to buy a large envelop and some sticky notepads. Was fun to walk in the snow and watch it come down. I also made a quick trip to the store to buy a couple of things for dinner.
When I got home I took a picture from the balcony and a video too. The flakes are not big so may be difficult to see – but the snow is there in the sky and the ground and the forecast said it should continue to snow for the next few days.
Poor Paddington Bear – his rear is getting cold, but he is enjoying the snow.
Tonight I’ll watch another Debbie Reynolds movie. Enjoyed “Goodbye Charlie” and “Unsinkable Molly Brown”. “Singing in the Rain” or “Tammy and the Bachelor”?
After I post this update, I’ll finish up (hopefully) the remaining items on my itinerary for the next couple of weeks. Still need to confirm my hotel in Luxor, hotel in Malin, and flight to Budapest. My updated itinerary notes are below:
Train (London – Paris) Jan 3 EuroStar January 3 15:31 Ref: SQPLGG Hotel (Paris) Jan 3, 4, 5 Juliana Paris 10-12 Rue Cognacq-Jay, Paris 75007\ Train to Zurich (Paris to Zurich) Jan 6 Hotel (Zurich) January 6 Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel Turbinenstrasse 20, Zurich ZH 8005 Train to Zermatt (Zurich to Zermatt) 13:02 – 16:36 07/01/2017 Order #90116876
Train from Zermatt to Milan Jan 14 13:13 Zermatt, 14:37 Brig (Arrive) 14:44 Brig (Depart 16:37) Milano Centrale (Arrive)
Hotel in Milan Jan 14 Check Out Jan 15 Via Armando Diaz, 120, 21057 Olgiate Olona Booking reference 31658890 British Air
Flight Milan to Cairo Jan 15 (MXP 1:35 PM to CAI 6:15 PM) EgyptAir Flight 704 Confirmation #ZC4NCD
Hotel in Cairo (Giza) Jan 15, 16, 17 Swiss Inn Pyramids 31658917 Al Wahat Road, Dream Land 6th of October City 2500 EG AE Exec
Flight to Luxor from Cairo Jan 18 Egyptair 2:30 p.m. Depart 3:40 Arrive Cheaptickets
- Hotel in Luxor Jan 18 (check-in) Jan 30 (check-out) _______
Flight Luxor to Cairo Jan 30 8:40 a.m. (Depart) 9:50 a.m. (Arrive) Cheaptickets
Flight Cairo to Milan Jan 30 (CAI 12:45 PM to MXP 3:50 PM) EgyptAir Flight 705 Confirmation #ZC4NCD Cheaptickets
- Hotel in Milan Jan 30 & 31 __________
- Flight Milan to Budapest February 1 ____________
AirBnb Budapest February 1 to March 12 1138 Budapest, Danubius Street 5 Flat I-608 Budapest 1138