The sun has just disappeared behind the white snow capped mountains that are our view from our room in Flims, Switzerland. The sparkle of the sunlight reflected off the snow is replaced with the glint of lights dotted up the mountain slopes.
The Swiss Alps have been good to us so far, with heavy snow yesterday and then a fresh blue day today. The sun was shining and we were actually getting warm, although tomorrow is forecast to have a max of -3 degrees Celsius. Oh, can’t wait!!
So, snowboarding! Either I was having one of those frustratingly uncoordinated days and forgot how hard it really felt when I last did it 8 years ago in New Zealand, or I have become worse with time! Either way, after an 8km downhill run with REALLY steep bits thrown in just to test me, why I chose to do this will forever baffle me. By about 1km to the end I had sat down involuntarily on my arse one too many times, and been thrown on to my knees to the point of having bobble-knees that I took the board off and walked it to the end! At least I got lots of exercise right? I write this to you from my bed – cold pack on knee, anti-inflammatry on my shoulders and a cloud of exhaustion over my entire body. Why do we choose to do this? At the base of the mountain at the end of my first day on the slopes I traded my reasonably comfortable snowboard boots for a pair if highly uncomfortable ski boots (how do people keep them on all day? I guess I’m about to find out). As for Chris, he patiently stayed with me for the day, and a sigh of relief followed my decision to join ski school with a pair of skis!
Here is to another eventful day on the swiss slopes!