Night Location: St Gallen, Switzerland
Song of the Day: Deck the Rooftop - Glee Cast
Mumisode of the Day: Mum waved with one of her signature long-arm waves as she disappeared up the hill in the snow-mobile carrying our bags. She was nominated to be the passenger as surprisingly she was the most likely to fall over during the ascent to the train station and slide all the way back to the hotel.
Transit day to St Gallen was quite complicated as it involved five trains. The Swiss are super-efficient with their train network. Clearly no double-ups, therefore frequently we would arrive at a station and have to change onto an already waiting train. This proved somewhat challenging with five people, five back packs and additional carry-on luggage. Sadly, we missed one train which meant that we had to change at Zurich. Luckily, Amber's German is excellent, particularly with respect to the numbers, and so she could understand what platform we needed to race to. At one stage, Dad threw his back pack in the lift and said, "I'll see you at the bottom," as there was no room for him. Thus was the urgency!
St Gallen is a really pretty Swiss town. Our first port of call after checking into the hotel was to make our way to the customs office in order to reclaim the tax from our three new watches. This proved more challenging than we originally anticipated as the customs officer declared that he had "Never seen this form before." This frustrated Amber significantly as we had bought the watches in three separate stores and in three separate locations. Therefore, being quite convinced that the man was an idiot, she led the way to the tourist office for further information.
Unfortunately, at the tourist office, more complications were revealed: we needed to disembark at the Swiss border town, find the customs control office, get the form stamped, post the form back to the shops, and then get back on the train. Clearly, we were not going to have enough time to do this with the super-efficient platform control, so a new plan was generated whereby Amber, Gemma and David would board an earlier train, find the customs office, and then board our actual train to Munich, finding Mum and Dad in the process.
The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the old town and our first Christmas markets of the trip. So much food!