18 February 2018 · posted in adventures
Blogging has always been something very personal for me. The last few years, the pressure has been on though, to focus on writing content as the expert and although I'm super passionate about and have a ton of tips to share on some topics (like how to blog or learning to practise self-care), travelling is not one of those areas.
I love seeing new places and I love finding photo-worthy spots when we're travelling but I have never felt confident enough to put together a travel guide. Like, I went somewhere once and you think I know what's a must see? I'm just a tourist following the advice of Mr Google ... So although we visited some pretty amazing places during our summer road trip to Croatia, the only wanderlust-style posts I've shared so far are A day in Salzburg, Austria and Island life on Curaçao because I just wasn't feeling the whole I-recommend-you-do-this style post.
But I do want to share our travels with you (and future me) and I've been absolutely loving other blogger's story / diary style posts so I've re-organised my categories to fit around the content I love to share (and read). This past week has been one of the coolest adventurous winter weeks I've ever experienced so I thought it was only fair to share a ton of pictures and some stories to kick off the new adventures topic here on the blog. Hope you love it as much as I've enjoyed creating it.
For this week of winter sports, we were invited to Täsch by friends of Ruben's family and we stayed in the apartment next to theirs with Ruben's mum and brother. The skiing area is located in auto-free Zermatt (the neighbouring town and the last town in Switzerland before the Italian border) so every morning we took the 15min train to Zermatt. Although the weather forecast wasn't that amazing we had at least 4 really good ski days.
One day though, it was snowing like crazy but we decided to go skiing anyway (because you know, very expensive ski pass) but after 25min of the worst skiing slopes and visibility we gave up after all. On the way back to the train station we were already chatting about nestling in the sofa with some snacks and a good book but we ended up being stuck in Zermatt for the next four and a half hours: all trains were temporarily cancelled due to an avalanche blocking the rails (which needed clearing) and more avalanche danger. I guess you've not really been on a winter sports holiday in Zermatt without being stuck there for at least a few hours. We used our time in Zermatt to walk around the entire town (which in all honesty, we probably wouldn't have done otherwise) so it ended up being quite a fun, photography filled afternoon.
Lately, I've been really enjoying capturing shots out of life, with more people in them and I'm really loving the vibe of the photo above, showing the hardworking spirit of the Swiss. I still have a long way to go before I'll become more confident with this type of photography but I'm enjoying the process so far. Hopefully in the future more out of life shots from me as well.
One of our sunny skiing days we went up to Klein Matterhorn, the highest cable car station in Europe with it's 3883m, and although the view from the panorama platform was absolutely breathtaking it was so very very cold (-22ºC, wind 37km/h) we could only stay there for a few minutes, even if we were dressed like Eskimo's, so we just took a few quick shots (wrestling the camera with my mittens on) and got the hell out of there!
On the way down, we had some of the most beautiful panoramic slopes and the closest absolutely stunning photo spot near the Matterhorn where I realised that it's so much easier to take a good photo when you don't see facial expressions, so I'm totally planning on doing more crazy, full face covered photos in the future! (Still figuring out how to fit those in a blog post other than ski adventures though..)
This week was the first week I've ever been skiing that is not around Easter so I was totally unprepared for the cold. I didn't find a new ski jacket before we went and the jacket I normally wear around Easter left me frozen to the core the first day, even with a gazillion extra layers underneath, so I ended up skiing in my "normal" sporty winter coat which made me realise I need a fluffy hood on my ski jacket just so I can become an Eskimo and block out all wind. Also, I wondered, did anybody invent a ski coat with a hood that can be attached to your helmet so it doesn't fall off due to high speed (wind)? Like, that would be literal heaven.
Also, my fingers were absolutely frozen the first day so we splurged a little on these black and white colour block mittens and for two days I even put in little glove heaters filled with magical-instant-hot-shake-powder and it was so gloriously warm and snuggly, I am already looking forward to the next time I can use them! (Maybe I'll start to like winter after all?)
I only really learned how to ski because Ruben is kind of a ski fanatic, like do not try to take away his week of skiing every year or he'll go mad. Even if I say so myself, over these last few years I've become quite good at skiing and I mostly feel confident now coming down even black slopes, still Ruben stays a league ahead of me when it comes to the level of skiing and I think you can see it right here ... seriously how pro does he look?
One day, when we took the last cable car of the day up to Rothorn there we three helicopter picking up skiers. It was quite the show but we didn't really understand why they couldn't ski down like everybody else unless they still had to go back to the Italian side of the skiing area, but that's just poor planning and flashing your cash if you ask me. (Or is it just me that gets a bit upset by this show of wealth? As if a "normal" week of skiing isn't already expensive enough.)
Anyway, I had an amazing week and I can't wait to go back to the snowy mountains for more skiing in six weeks (this time to Austria)! I hope you enjoyed this first photo-packed adventure post!