By the time we were headed to Austria, I was so excited about seeing Fern again, and to revisit Taurenhof. We made good time, and arrived in Schladming at midday. After baling out on following Sean's instructions as the roads got narrower, we parked the van next to a river in a restaurant car park and walked until we found Taurenhof. The lectures were about to finish so we waited at the end of the path for Fern and Meg. Some students came down the path and said hi to us. They knew who we were, and hung around waiting to see Fern's reaction when she came. I, of course was a blubbering mess and when Fern came running down the path and threw herself at me, the students left - they told Fern that when they saw our meeting, they got all emotional, and had to leave!!!
We spent 3 days in Schladming and in that time, managed to conquer our nemesis, Planai with a day of skiing - it was so much easier than we remembered, although I had terrible trouble with my ski boots - it has been so long since I have had that pain skiing!!! It was very satisfying. We also went to a couple of lectures, a worship session, had the tour of the place, including seeing our old bedroom, and met a lot of the girl's friends. We also spent an afternoon wandering the town and reliving memories. It was altogether a very satisfying time.