The Crystal Empire Winter Festival has begun! Spike is there now, no doubt looking important, waving to the crowds and helping out with the announcements and such. He left on the train this morning and we all went with him to see him off safely. I was surprised to see just how packed the train to the Crystal Empire was this morning, even with two engines and twice as many passenger cars! Spike managed to squeeze in through the forest of legs and find a perch in one corner (I could just make him out through the fogged windows). I hope that the trains won't be as packed a few days from now, when some of us plan to go. Rarity looked doubtful and I'm near certain she's not going if the trains are crowded. Dash says she'll just fly there when we go. As for Fluttershy, she's happy that she's staying home, where it's quiet. Spike will be back in a few days.