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Lesson learnt.

When it's the end, it's the end.

I went down the last slope once more, using time that wasn't mine, I ended up hurting my shoulder, knee and neck.
Karma paid me back.

Tomorrow we make our way back to Home town, Jozi!

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I have had a patch of dryness in my blogging and you might notice a change in my writing. Reality has hit me.
Friends have started to pester me for news on the holiday. Which to them is over, but not for me.
Clients and the office have sent through work already. It seems as though whether I'm ready, or not 2011 is gonna hit me.
In a form of prep, I'm gonna try get into my working hours routine. Although it might be a bit late, it can only do good.
It's now 1am and I'm meant to be up in 5 hours. That's not gonna happen.

Tomorrow is Friday! Whoop whoop!

Looking forward to a hug!! When I get home.

Ciao…Romano

Today was like no other!

Waking up in a hurry, with the intention of getting as much boarding in as possible, we managed to find out it was raining.
That subsequently means, more drinking. Unfortunately when it rains, the water melts the snow. And being cold melts it into ice.
It doesn't make sense to you, it didn't to me at first. But, a good part of that all depends on the temperature of the air and surface to which the particle drops.
When the particle travels through the air, the air is not cold enough to freeze it to make snow or hail. It then lands onto the snow, melts the snow slightly and drastically changing temperature it freezes. Causing an ice layer.
This builds us on top of the snow and creates a sheet for your to work with. Ie: not snow boarding conditions.

This lead to a slow morning following the bad news. Breakfast was delayed with the slow motivation, as was coffee and the rest of the day. Simply because we didn't have anything planned except boarding which we now couldn't do.

In the rain and cold we decided to go for lunch up in the village. Making our way to the top of the village we found a partially frozen lake with ducks and geese on it. Coffee, gluvine and beer were served as starter drinks before we made our way back into the middle of the village to a little restaurant names Olympia.
Olympia was opened by the olympic medalist of the town who started the restaurant and turned it into a medal and trophy storage display, and thus entertaining the guests and diners as they ate their meals.
Yes we were apart of that.

From that we headed past spar on the way home to pick up some coke (Essentials!) for the afternoon.

Tomorrow the routine is much the same. Rain is predicted, except we will be going out onto the mountain, before returning the hired board and boots.

Saturday is a lengthy jaunt back home, with multiple transport methods once again. A bus to St Johann Train Station. A train to Salzburg airport. A flight to Frankfurt and then Johannesburg 36 hours from leaving. I might smell fresh by the time I get there.

Sent from my iPhone4

From the Resistance Manager.
Times are tough out there.

The snow is ice and the ice is melting. The 5mm of snow received this morning turned into water very quickly.

Please note: snow boarding is meant for the weight to be on your from foot. When you place weight on te back foot the board will shoot up from underneath you.
Especially when going over a mound of snow shaped like a ramp. 🙂

Some few thousand miles away and reality has hit!

Clients have called. E-mails have been sent and it's only two days into the working week and I'm already nervous to be back.

Boarding today was great!
At the point you know you doing it right is when your body temperature is low and the energy generated isn't sufficient to keep you warm going down the mountain.

Covering up from head to toe except a nose sticking out, I've managed to go down the slopes successfully! And with only two falls today, tomorrow looks frighteningly good!

The falls were immediately after lunch and caused by a heavy frontal region. Yes, I face planted, both times!

While up on the mountain, my brain makes up all sorts of gadgets and goodies. Much like any other day really.
Today I invented Ice Boarding. Yes, it comes after snow boarding because the snow has to melt. Much like ice skating but much faster and more painful.
Ice skating, the principal is that you have a sharp edge working against you to keep you up. Ie: the skate.
Snow boarding is much the same. Yet the edge is larger and not sharp. It's the bottom of the board which resists your efforts to push it down.
Ice Boarding is a mixture of both. The motion to move forward is there, but contact with equipment on the ground is not feasible. Some call it bum boarding, but my board was on my feet not bum.

Tomorrow we plan to go down a hard blue run, from that a red run.
If I didn't explain before.
Blue is an easy run.
Red is medium and
Black hard.
So there are varying degrees. And if it wasn't for the little appendix in me that said "don't do it", I would have done a red run on my way home this afternoon. Whether home or hospital was the destination, we won't know.

Lunch was an amazing German dish consisting of fried potatoe and (a German sausage-name is lost) with herbs. Proved to be very tasty. Photographs to follow.

I was able to stand infront of the web cam today, it's just that snow boarding seemed more interesting at the time. Yes, I know earlier in the week I said I wasn't sure how people did so much of it. But I'm learning. And learning is fun!

Off to watch slalom on TV with the hosts up stairs.
Crazy thing: the slalom is on the otherwise of the mountain, the lights reflect off the clouds and sound reverberates down.
Much like watching the Jumbo Jet fly over Ellis Park when we won the world cup, but closer. Much closer!

Cheers