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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Slow and calm down in Pertisau

Right after the Easter weekend, Antje and I went to Austria, Achensee, Pertisau. The hotel “Fürstenhaus” could be seen as such. Everything you would need to stress out and lean back was available: pool, jacuzzi, sauna, massages, massive tropical rain showers and spacious loungers.

Once again, a five course menu was served, in a way that everything needed to be perfect, the table arrangement, the waiters’ attitudes and the overall style. And when not wellnessing or eating we were exploring the nearby-things – and got sunburned while doing this. Three days are just too short in time.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Snowboarding the Stubaier Gletscher

Just 5 days later, my cousin Rinkes and I have been on the road again. With his 1994-Fiat Punto we hit the highway, passed Munich just some hours later, then Mittenwald and picked a well-located hotel in Neustift.

The boards were rented quickly, and a few moments later, the shuttle bus brought us up the valley and the gondola to the Top of Tyrol, with an altitude of 3210m above sea level. The 360° view was stunning. The clouds got stuck far below, the sky was fresh blue.

We stayed a long while before remembering what we were there for: Getting two feet on one board. I stepped on it, fixed my feet to it, slipped … and tripped. Damn it! Still not that easy. It went on like this for the next hour before I got used to the handling again. We kept on going, up, down, up, down, and enjoyed some local food every once In a while.

The weather usually turns cloudy in the afternoon, which means we’ve been in the middle of it. That made everything a bit more difficult, especially the 10 km slide down to the bus. The hotel served an excellent 5 course menu – and we were not able to move after a beer and sauna.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Skiing in the Dolomites

The bus picked me up in Nuremberg, at 2:45 am!!! In the middle of the night. 5 hours bus odyssey ahead. My knees were wedged to the seat in front of me, my head leaning on the ice-cold window. 4 hours 59 minutes to go … Almost there!!!

The morning coffee was the first good thing on that day so far. We changed cloths and took another bus to the Seiser Alm. An huge skiing area, a bit flat for snowboarders, with lots of cottages and hotels serving yummy specialities.


That was exactly what we did the next days, skiing Obereggen and Sella Ronda additional, sauna and 4 course menu in the evening. Nothing more possible, one beer was doing the rest. Haven’t been in bed that early for a long time. Has been a fun trip.