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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Ending the winter in Calgary

Why not substituting a colleague while he is on holidays. Doing his job, from the office in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Could be worse.

The first weekend was free, so I hit the road, with a nice, but surely over-sized Chrysler. I cannot even recall the model, except the colour: silver. But that's about it. The Banff Nationalpark is close, really nearby, just a one hour drive, more or less. Streets are wide, curves elongated, not much happening while driving, kinda boring and it seems the things on the horizon will not really get closer. Everything you see is within reach, but still far away.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Iciness at Melchsee-Frutt

It's almost tradition - the yearly trip to Melchsee-Frutt in Switzerland. This year, it was supposed to be a skiing event again. And furthermore, a special one, with unforeseen occurrences about to happen.

After having the car parked (long ago since the car park was free of charge, small, uncrowded and unknown) I rushed towards the valley station to reach the gondola before it made the scheduled break to go up one last time for the day. I coincidentally met Karl on the way, and that made me rethink my plan which immediately changed to having a cup of coffee first.

No skiing for me at the first day. Wanted to rest a bit first, spare my old bones for the following days. I did some snow hiking, passed Tannalp and had to return a little later as no track was prepared and I sank in for more than half a metre. Impossible to go further, and probably not the best idea.

And then, getting ready for skiing again. A thing I just do once a year - pleasant anticipation. The thing just was the weather conditions. It was freezing cold, minimum temperatures of -23°C - during the day. Every once in while, we had to stop, somewhere inside, warming up again. Even the Swiss people didn't ski, it's simply not fun at those temperatures. But for sure, having a Jagertee at the bar is definitely not the worst idea.

The nights were so crystal clear. No cloud, but million of stars. Although I could not stay outside for long ...

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Relaxing days in Hofgastein

Some free days wanted to be used. And as everybody were out for skiing, we mostly stayed inside, enjoyed the 4 meals per day, got a massage, warmed up in the sauna and fell asleep like dead on huge and really comfortable couches.

The hotel personnel was quite funny to watch. It seemed some of them were still in their apprenticeship, didn’t really know what to do, how to do, or what to say. That made the entire process really interesting as you never knew if you‘ll get what you ordered.

Bad Hofgastein itself was disappointing. Not much was left from its former fame and reputation. Massive castle-like houses were dilapidated, shops and stores were closed and looked like they have been for quite a while. A few other tourists were walking around, and noticed the same, had the same expression in their faces. Hiking tracks a long the waterfalls remained shut during the winter and nothing else was inviting to stay longer than necessary...