Colin prepared a really good Mexican dinner last night, with tacos to start followed by a chilli. Val made scones which we enjoyed with jam and clotted cream for pudding.
Today we’re off to Zurich where we’ll stay overnight before catching our flight to Frankfurt tomorrow morning. We have a huge sheaf of documents, which will hopefully be sufficient to get us into and out of Germany, and subsequently into the U.K.
One bonus of staying over at the airport (possibly the only one) is that we get to have a drink in the bar.
The hotel, needless to say, is the same as every other airport hotel anywhere in the world. The staff are lovely though. They seem to genuinely want you to have a good time. We’ll do our best.
Our architect visited this morning to look at the remains of the terrace before it’s rebuilt – he turned up at 7.30am. Fortunately, I was up. Yesterday’s rain fell as snow on the peaks around the village, and the mountains are dressed in white this morning.
The Covid tests that we had yesterday will permit us to enter the UK, assuming that the results come back negative of course. Unfortunately, we have to fly via Frankfurt, and the 72 hour RT-PCR test that the U.K. requires isn’t good enough for the Germans, who require an antigen test within 48 hours of departure. Time to pop into the doctors to get tested yet again, and collect more paperwork. We could do the antigen tests ourselves at home, but crucially we need a letter from the doctor confirming the results before we can fly to Germany. That’s 2 tests in 2 days so far, with at least another 4 before we can get out of U.K. quarantine and return.
What with the scarcity of flights and all this testing, travelling is really, really hard at the moment. Dinner at Colin’s tonight.
It always comes as a surprise when we wake up to rain – somehow we take nice weather for granted. Even when the forecast says it’s going to be wet, we tend to plan for dry weather so as not to miss a good day. Today however, it has rained all day.
Clouds swirl around the village, and it’s cold. It’s just our luck that we have an appointment at the doctors to have our PCR tests for our flight on Sunday. The tests take less than a minute, but we got pretty soaked walking there and back. Still, it gave us a chance to get used to the rain – I guess we’ll be seeing a lot more of it over the next few weeks.
At the end of every winter season, Wengen’s builders get to work. Building is not allowed during the holiday season, so everything has to be squeezed into the gap between winter and summer. The unloading area at the station is packed to the rafters with materials and scaffolding.
Meanwhile, Val is off for her final dental appointment. It’s overcast today, with rain forecast, but the train ride along the lake is still stunning.
After the noisy demolition of our terrace yesterday, we were hoping for a little peace today. Not a chance. It’s time for our heating oil delivery.
The oil has to pass up a 20 metre pipe to get to our tank, and the pump doing the work is noisy.
I have lots of little jobs to do today. Telephone Lufthansa to add luggage to our booking (I forgot first time around), book a taxi from Birmingham airport back to Shifnal on Sunday, go to the station and buy our summer passes, etc. We did find time for a wander this afternoon, and we bumped into Emily who was taking her bike down to Lauterbrunnen for repairs and a service. Bikes are popular here, but they have a very hard life, as most routes are either steeply uphill or downhill, meaning chains, gears and brakes all wear very quickly.
There are no tourists at all now, and the village is very quiet. Still, it’s a lovely afternoon in the sunshine.