We had our first real snow of the season on November 26th (the day after Thanksgiving). You’d think the Swiss were prepared, but they weren’t exactly. Flights, buses, trains and trolleys were delayed, some later than others; nevertheless, even a few minutes is enough to cause a panic outbreak amongst the Swiss. Since the school-aged children all live more or less in close proximity to their schools, they don’t usually get any snow days. I remember getting up at 6 am on the days that there was even a slight chance of snow just to see if Stafford County Public Schools flashed across the bottom of the TV screen, indicating some sort of delay or closing. Claudio, on the other hand, never remembers a single day of school being closed due to snow. What a big difference!
That’s enough of ancient history and now back to the present.. Alex and I enjoyed our first snow day at the train main station. I bundled Alex up in his new snow suit (which was purchased just in time) and Santa hat (a necessity on snow days!). We went to see the Christmas Market taking place. Smack dab in the center of the train station was a huge Christmas tree with Swarovski crystals dangling from each branch. Aisles of vendors in their highly festive stands outlined the paths leading up to the Christmas tree and in the corner stood an antique carousel. Alex and I strolled by the vendors, who were selling various items, such as hand-made Christmas ornaments, glass figurines, woven hats and scarves, jewelry, cheese fondue, candy, candles and more.