1727. The Higher, the Colder

Wald am Arlberg Travel Blog

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It seems that the higher you get, the more beautiful the homes become. Some of this is business—as many people's houses double and B and Bs to tourists, but it also seems that in the Alps, people don't just want to observe the beauty around them, they want to participate in it.

Finally, the highway burrows itself into the mountain, as does the rail line, not to appear again until the other side of Arlberg Pass. Then, even the secondary road becomes a semi-tunnel, with a snow roof covering it for several miles. Clearly the Austrian are willing to do whatever it takes to keeps their mountain villages connected with the rest of the world year round.

So the Traveler finds himself alone walking on a dirt road he hopes will take him to the pass. It's a very solitary feeling after a day of strolling past cozy villages. He know he should've stopped for the night before he reached this altitude, as he is not equipped for high altitude camping...

Finally he finds a tree to duck under, hoping it will give him some shelter, puts on every layer of clothing he has... and braces himself for a cold night. Up ahead he can see the lights of one last village, and he determines that, if it gets dangerously cold, he will walk up there and cough up whatever he has to to pay for a B and B...

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