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After the first St Johann we spent a few days in Salzburg. we had a great time spending most our days and evenings at the Christkindlmarkt (christmas markets). These consist of little huts in the main squqre with all kinds of foods, drinks and gifts for xmas. Considering it was all outdoors and very cold it is suprisingly very popular and with  the hot spiced wine in your belly the cold isnt a problem. We all gorged on the wonderful foods on offer trying each one that captured our attention, hot potatoes, warm pateries with cranberry jam, austrian sausages (bosna my fav) soups, hot chocolate, rosted peanuts coated with sugar, all delicous. We spent the days visiting the castle and looking for morzarts house we also found the nunnery and church where the film Sound of Music starts. katherine and I had to refrain from singing at the top of our lungs as it is still in use and signs were posted asking people to be respectful.
After that we went onto Innsbruck. We found ourselves in a basic hotel that seemed reasonable. Although after one night we were glad to be out of there. Mum and katherine ran into a crazy woman in the hall way who kept mumbling to them in german frranatically trying to tell them something and the more they said they didnt speak german the more frantic she got, they slowly backed away and headed to our room leaving her mumbling to herself. We also had a visit from another crazy who came into our room in the night katherine quickly locked the door which we'd stupidly overlooked and after that he did try several more times to get in. Although we did enjoy the Christymas market there also and stuffed ourselves on more good food.
then it was onto St Johann number 2 in the tirol this time. This was meant to be katherine' and my skiing holiday but katherine was left to ski alone on the first day and the conditions were terrible, not enough snow, very icy not many runs open. Its been a warm winter so far. We stayed in a beautiful guest house owned by a lovely Austrian woman appropriatly called Maria. we had wonderful freshly cooked breakfast different every morning. I ended up boarding with katherine for three days as the conditions were better on another mountain.
We spent chrstmas morning on the slope with an aussie we met in the freshly made snow. Then we all had a lunch with a hall full of aussies fresh from london and ate and listened to aussie music. Unfortuately it didnt snow so it was only a patchy white xmas. We bought some fireworks in Innbruck, just because we could, and had fun setting them off on christmas night with a group of aussies who came to watch.
After that it was on to Switzerland for 10 days, as katherine had to work with Jade and Victoire. Switzerland was also suffering from the warmer winter, we also went ice skating, bowling and katherine and i took jade to a disco on the ice that was fun and she got to stay out till 10.00 at night which was a treat! New years was only quiet katherine and I got treated to another fireworks show as a group of kids set some off right in front of us when we were wallking home. it was great to see all the fireworks at the top of the mountains and listen to them echo through the valley.
We did have one day with lots of snow and everything was covered katherine, Victoire and I made snow people a Mum and Dad with a baby in arms, very creative. Unfortunately it got warm again and our snow people died a slow miserable death.
katherine, Mum and I treated ourselves to a fun night at the top of the ski slope. we went up with skis and boards except for mum and had a delicious fondue and drank wine with a group of thirty others all french speaking! And after we had eaten and drank our fill we all gathered outside in the dark, windy, snowy night to ski down the mountain. It added an extra element of danger to skiing, the pitch black (the slope was not lit up) holding flaming torches! i crashed halfway down and broke my torch in two. bu in the end we made it down safe and sound ;-)
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