I researched our travel costs, especially to the airport taking into account the stress of driving if it chucked it down with snow. By the time we had bought a new vignette, paid for petrol and parking it was cheaper with a ski taxi. We booked a local guy and he arrived on time and was really chatty (in German) although he spoke passable English to the other customers. He was quite grumpy with them, telling them to take their coats off if they were too hot and why did they sit in the back if the kid was going to be sick.
His chat was one I find typical here. This semi cross/stressed tone. Firstly it was moaning about the snow there’s plenty but much of it ‘kunst’ or made. But thank heavens it means the customers would be coming. How business is tight but everyone’s in debt –same all over the world?
It was nice to be driven and he was there to meet us when we returned. But two other English customers simply didn’t turn up despite having paid, he waited and searched, but no sign. A tragedy, missed the train, an argument? We chatted this time about music and our trip. How he loves Trex, Alvin Stardust and Led Zeppelin. Same generation but different sides of the sea
In contrast, we took a Taxi back from our daughter’s flat and it was comical! He was Indian and quite difficult to understand, he parked on the wrong side of the road and had to be flagged down. He then went into a load of what was either complete flannel or genuine, I’m not sure. First of all he said how ‘real’ our daughter was, rare these days, then about how dreadful London is. He got completely confused when we said we lived in Austria, he thought we were Austrian. He had a Sat Nav but still asked us for directions. Then we got out and I asked the fare, he said we were so nice it was up to us!!! We paid him the quoted fee, but I still can’t make up my mind if he was real or not!