Wednesday, March 6, 2013

hello out there

Now that that's out of the way . . . we had an interesting sports break last week. Sam stayed home to look after the pets and the rest of us went on a ski holiday to Åre, Sweden. Sofia couldn't ski because of her fractured collarbone, so she and I spent most of our time in the pool or walking around the hotel or village. Stefan, Mattias and Joel skied for 2½ days.

The view from our hotel room.
Also from the balcony, looking more to the west.
Joel and Mattias, VM8.
Mattias and Joel, Björnlandet.
One of the chairlifts.
Mattias and Joel, Åre byn.
Mattias and Joel, Åre byn.
The Holms out in the village for dinner.
The trip wasn't all rainbows and unicorns. Between not being able to ski and lingering travel anxiety (which I think is because somewhere deep down she worries we will leave her someplace), Sofia was very difficult at times. So, there were some hard times and some tears.

There was also frustration with equipment (which has resulted in tears of laughter when telling the story afterwards): Stefan has 2 pairs of ski boots so he wore 1 pair (at least 25 years old) and Mattias wore the other pair (about 18 years old). Stefan's skiis are about 25-30 years old . . .  long and straight:) At one point during the first day, he felt something strange, looked down and the plastic on one of his boots had completely cracked open. All he could do was use Joel's belt to wrap around it so it would hold on his foot. Later, when they stopped for a warm drink, he felt a strange sensation as he removed his skiis - the other boot cracked open! He said that he got many strange looks from people for not only his pathetic boots, but his old-fashioned skiis as well!


kate said...

I'm here! And happy to be included. <3

kate said...

I thought going private meant you'd blog MORE. (whine, whine, whine)

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