You see, the recession is making it dirt cheap to ski abroad – less than $200 a night, including board, for a sweet hotel is Bezau, on the Austrian-Swiss border. As luck would have it, the dollar is stronger than it has been since last May, too.
I negotiated a travelogue of our trip with our son’s grade-school teacher in exchange for pulling him out of school, so it’s a working vacation.
We used United Airlines miles, and the route was supposed to be Sacramento-Washington Dulles-Zurich, but the big snowstorm that slammed the East Coast changed all that. Dubbed “Snowmageddon” it forced us to reroute from Sacramento-Denver-New York LaGuardia.
I lived in D.C. once, and they really don’t know how to handle copious amounts of snowfall very well.
Instead of touring the White House and Air and Space Museum, we spent the day in New York, showing our son the Statue of Liberty, “Ground Zero,” Central Park and other sites.
I never miss a trip to Katz’s Deli (shown here) when I’m in New York, because it’s such a classic New York deli. We also swung by FAO Schwartz, the only remaining store of the famous toy retailer.
Once in Zurich, we hopped a train for western Austria and are settled comfortably in the town of Bezau, about the same elevation and size of Nevada City.
The skiing here is “old school,” kind of like Alta outside of Salt Lake City if you are familiar with that ski resort. There is no glitz or glamour – just a German-speaking town where Weiner Schnitzel, spatzle and German beer are commonplace. (Salads are fresh, too, with vegetables grown in hot-houses visible throughout the countryside).
We’ll be home in a week, and I’ll be blogging as always. This is the era of “anytime, anywhere” communications, and the happenings back home are only an email and web page away.
We’re headed out to dinner know while many of you are waking up. We wish you an enjoyable week.
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