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Skiing...

Part II

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Ok, so I said i'd finish writing this on sunday and it's now tuesday, sorry sorry sorry, been busy ok.

Day 3 was meant to be everyone's (except Stu's and Jason's) last ski day, but it turned out it wasn't a skiing day at all, as we got up to the start of the slopes to find the lifts were broken down again, so after hanging around on the off chance they would open (ski staff seemed to think they would), we decided to give up and Terry took us all on a walk near where he lives. I wish I knew where it was, it was beautiful scenery.

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There was a cool cave thing, really strange how nature forms things sometimes

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Day 4 was a wipe out skiing wise too, so everyone decided they wanted to see the sea! We went to "Mr Grumpy's", a favourite bar of Terry's, although it would've been so much better if it was actually called that! All the tapas there was fish (well it had to be, being right on the beach!), much to Al's dismay, so he was relieved when we left and went for a wander on the beach, even going s far as taking off his shoes and socks and going for a paddle in the water.

Later on, we all went for a meal at the restaurant in Terry's village. Really good food!

Day 5 we got to go skiing again, and I was a bit nervous about the 2 day gap, but I managed the green slopes better than I expected. I think I even managed a few runs down without falling flat on my face! I musta skiied so hard (hard for a beginner!) as my legs and whole body ached sooo much after today!

Luke and myself managd to get an extra day's skiing, so day 6 was on the slopes again, or in my case, most of it was sat watching, as I took a fall on my second run and my knee didnt like it too much. did have a couple of extra runs down, but didnt want to make it any worse, so opted out in the afternoon and took my skis/boots back early so I could have a walk around (not hobble like some weird cripple) the non-skiers area.

That evening , Roddy and Sally (Stu's brother and his wife) invited us back to Terry's for a BBQ (Terry had gone home the day before), so we went back to the hostel, changed out of ski clothes, bought some random meat from the supermarket across the road and headed off down there. As I had not skied in the afternoon, I had managed to consume 2 big beers by the time the others joined me, followed by 2 more after they joined me, so by the time we were back at the hostel, I was feeling quite tipsy, not helped by the fact Luke bought beer whilst buying random meat, and proceeded to keep offering them round in the vn on the way to the BBQ. Never the less, I wasn't the one who got horrendously drunk and ended up snogging a window on the way back to the hostel! I won't mention any names....you know who you are! ;o) XD

Posted by aimsuk 10:05 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

Skiing...

....survived with no broken limbs....amazing!

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those that know me, know that my sense of balance is about as good as an elephant on a tightrope! So therefore the sub heading is probably making more sense now!

The Place: Sierra Nevadas
The People: Stu, Luke, Jason, George, Al, Stu's dad and Luke's Grandad Terry.
The Dates: 5th to 12th February

Stu had been on for ages bout organising a trip to near where his dad lives in Spain. So after not much organising, but what seemed to be a lot of effort, we set off.
Stu and Jason paid for a full week skiing, but the rest of us, due to lack of money / lack of time off work / never skied before / all of the above only got a 3 day pass.
Our first lessons were on a tiny bit of snow at the bottom of the hill, as the lifts to the beginners area had decided to break down for a few hours.

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Luke, being flukey(think that's why his name is Luke!!) picked it up straight away, and George and Al didn't seem to be doing too bad either....me on the other hand...hmmm....well thats a different story! My knees aint the greatest anyway, and because we were on the smallest patch of snow ever, we had to keep side-stepping back up the hill, my knees just wanted to fall off there and then!

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We finally got onto the proper beginners slopes, and the others were straight onto the green (very easy) ski runs. I on the othr hand was still trying to figure out how to snowplough and stop. Jason had so much patience, standing in front of me so my skis didn't run away with me. I still hadn't fully figured it out when Luke's Grandad showed up and declared we should all have a break, so Jason and Stu went off to do some proper skiing whilst us newbies had a much needed sit down in the cafe.

Later on, I found out that Luke's Grandad was a "throw you in at the deep end" kind of teacher, well it certainly seemed like that when he took me down a green run without me knowing how to stop or really turn that well, but I guess it worked, as by the end of Day 1, I had figured out how to turn, albeit having to find the shallowest of gradients on the green runs....any steeper than the shallowest and I lost control and ate snow.!

Skiing Day 2, I was getting more confident with the turning, although was still falling over, could manage (slightly) steeper inclines. My two most spectacular falls happened today though....one, I ended up face down, skis still attached, legs in snowplough position (for those that don't ski, imagine the position if you were desperate for the loo, knees together, bum sticking out), the more I tried to get in a better position, the more my legs spread, so much so that Terry had to unclip both of my skis, and even then it was difficult getting up! Number 2 (although I personally think this was my best tumble of the trip!)....I fell over, rolled at least once, both my skis popped off...ok no problem..it's easy to get up...got up....went to put skis back on...realised I have snapped one of my ski poles! Great! Terry was really kind and gave me his, whilst he crried my boken pole and still ok other pole... I was petrified I was gonna break his ski poles too (his weren't rented, as mine were).
My last run down the green slope that day, I only fell over once, but apparently it wasn't a proper fall, it was more of a relax....hmmmm...ok! TBH, it was a stupid loss of control...it was on a really shallow slope, turning, which I thought I had ok, I guess I wasn't concentrating and I ended up on my arse!

Anyway, thats enough for now, I'm getting bored and I think I need to go and say hello to my housemates..... more skiing fun to follow ( will hopefully write it tomorrow (sunday) if not, then monday.

Bye for now

Posted by aimsuk 14:34 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

Shocked!

Actually started this thing....

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Not that I'm actually travelling at the moment, but hey you cant have everything!

Currently at home, after coming back from Italy in November (before that, I was working in France on a campsite for the summer)

I have my diary from Australia 2004/5, so will probably type that up here at some point, for now you'll have to make do with a few pics...
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There you go, aint they pretty!

Posted by aimsuk 05:30 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged armchair_travel Comments (0)

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