We were going to be 2 minutes delayed and they needed to apologise. The apology took longer than 2 minutes.
Then we made up the 2 minutes in the next 15, before the next station. It was only our departure that was delayed.
The trains are fast when the need to be and the intercity trains are so smooth. The regional trains are slower but have a watchmaker precision about them.
The announcements are perfect so you know exactly where you are and when you need to change. Well that is as long as the Chinese business man in the seat next to you stops getting angry and yelling down his phone all across the announcements.
Zermatt is a bit like toy town. The vehicles are all little battery powered stretched golf carts. Cars are totally not allowed. The place is so busy you could almost call it bustling.
Today was a disaster for those wanting to see the Matterhorn. The weather is pretty bad. It is very drizzly and about 14 outside but I loved walking in it, window shopping. The goods on sale here include massive numbers of expensive watches again. Not sure I want to purchase a watch up here.
I did need to make one purchase here tho. Those of you following my photographs on my flicker page will have noticed nothing new from yesterday. My SD card reader went missing last night so no uploads. Todays job was to buy a new one. I bought one before leaving for $10 and that was OK. Here in Zermatt I found one for CHF50. That is about $65 for the same thing. I mentioned it was expensive in the shop and she looked at me quizzically,
“Switzerland!” she said shrugging and put the blister pack back in the case.
I keep looking and did find one eventually. It is exactly the same as the first one. Good quality, Sony branded, and only CHF19 right across the road. That is why I doubt I will buy a watch from here.
I love Zermatt in the few hours I have spent here. Reminds me of Aigues Mort (sic) in France. I guess it is kind of like any Australian tourist shop, expanded to a whole town and enclosed in 500 year old wooden cuckoo clock.