Monday, February 1, 2010

Needing to get back into the habit

So I realize that it has been nearly an entire month without blogging at all. And yes, I also realize that it is a pretty significant fail on my part when Mandy can write a blog nearly every day for a month.

So lets get to it. I will say that it is a summary of life over here (as always), but it won't end up being much of a summary (again, as always). It'll be more like a short story (as always).

So 4 weekends ago, we went skiing. We went to Engelberg, which is some 2 hours from Baden. The light was pretty flat and the snow was medeocer. I had no edge and the board was in dire need of waxing. So the day wasn't the best, but it was still pretty good. I set the bindings back a bit. Thr change was enjoyable. Somehow, Andrew and I got to a point where we were shirtless just outside the lodge and decided it would be hilarious to drop our snowpants to our ankles and have a race. So thats what we did. The video can be found on FB if you so desire to witness it. The Swiss people thought we were absolutely crazy and were staring. To be fair, it was only -4°C outside. For an Apres ski party, we went back to Ziegelhau and played Settlers and drank beer and glug. Needless to say, I think I got home at around 3:00. A little ridiculous after being up at 5:30 to go boarding.

During the week I got my board all tuned up. Edges were sharp and the board was waxed. And thank god for that, because the on the following Saturday we went to Lenzerheide. Easily the fastest snow I've ever had. For most of the day I felt boarderline out of control, and I probably was. Took some relatively big bails including falling upward not once but twice and tweaking my knee on the last run of the day. We also found a small patch of easily accessible powder that led directly on to the main track, which meant a nice change in pace with no major reprocussions (apart from finding the only damn rock in the whole area and scratching my nicely waxed board). Oh well, it was definitely worth it. Following the day of boarding, we relaxed in some chill chairs outside a bar with our shirts off again. This time, the locals (who again thought we were crazy) threw snow at us. Missed me though. Hahaha. Pictures on FB if desired.

The following weekend, my mom came. Yay! Only downside was having to get up early on the Saturday to get her from the airport. That wasn't cool. Oh well. We explored Zurich, explored Baden, went to Technorama (the Swiss version of the science center) and even partied at Rossini with some of the other interns. Alex holds hostilities to this day about it being the talk of the town.

On the Thursday, I took some of the afternoon off work and we went to Porto, Portugal. It was a pretty sweet city, and it was really nice to go somewhere and not be on an intern budget. I ate real food and slept in a real bed. It was quite out of the ordinary. Friday was spent wandering old town, while Saturday was spent enjoying port in the city of Gaia across the river Duoro Sunday was a day of bus tours. Meh to them, but oh well. It was also the 100th aniversary of the Republic of Portugal. So there were military marches right outside the hotel and they were playing with artillery in the streets. No joke. The airplane back to Basel was an hour late and we almost didn't get home last night. We caught the last IR back to Baden and got home at 1:30. Then work the next day. Ugh... Oh well, that makes 16.

Next weekend is Belgium, and the ridiculous travelling season is back on. Which means more frequent blogging. As in weekly. I hope.

To keep the die-hard readers tuned in (I like to believe there is one of you out there, although chances are...), here is a list of the trips planned in the coming months:

  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • Monaco
  • San Marino (do you know where it is?)
  • Egypt
  • Luxembourg

Hopefully Amsterdam will be added to the list for the Dutch national holiday on April 30th and Vatican city sometime in May. As well as Poland. Making 25. Thats a lot of countries to visit in 13 months.

Bis bald,