It occurred to me a few days ago that although I have meticulously planned how we are getting to Chalet School land, it probably isn’t a wise idea to just turn up and wander around speculating on which buildings featured in the books. The Friends of the Chalet School issued a helpful booklet for those visiting Achensee a few years ago but when I went to my magazines shelf I couldn’t find it. Gloomily I supposed I had thrown it away, thinking I would never need it, but I resolved to return to the shelf later, wearing my glasses and possibly even with the landing light switched on.
This tactic paid dividends this evening and as a result I spent my hour or two of free time tonight researching how Hayley and I might spend our day at Achensee. There are cable cars up the mountains! This news came as a relief. I would rather like to go up a mountain, but I didn’t think we would have the time or energy to walk up one. And now we won’t have to. Thanks to the FOCS booklets (there were two, the original and a 2004 update) I also now know the route the steamer takes around the lake, that there is a folk museum we can go to if it rains (which it won’t, so perhaps we’ll go anyway: it looks interesting), and, crucially what everything costs.
Well, not absolutely everything. I couldn’t find out the price of a bus ticket from Jenbach to Pertisau. I feel very let down about this. It means I might have to do arithmetic in German.
But I found out what everything else costs, and astonishingly, if the weather is good enough for a cable car ride, the cheapest way of doing our day out is to get a 7-day pass and max it out in 7 hours. I think there are going to be two very tired ladies collapsing in their hotel in Innsbruck this time next week.