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Au revoir, Aussois

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I spent one snowy, bitter cold week of wintery sporty fun in the Savoie in the French Alps near the Italian border. It was so wonderful to be reunited in the mountains with Christian whom I learned to snowboard with many years ago when I was an exchange student in Grenoble.

I was nervous after all these years, but surprised myself by not only finding my snowboard legs again but also trying some other things for the first time in my life like snowshoes and cross country skiing. I also tried downhill skiing on my last day and quite enjoyed it. Hurray! All went well on the slopes.

Evenings were spent thawing out over the best hot wines in town as well as the occasional genepi and puppet show. At night we shared wonderful home-cooked meals, each person taking a turn hosting and cooking for the group. On the mene were things like raclette, pumpkin tarte, cauliflower and leek soup, tortilla espanol, plus salads and local cheeses and wines. Breakfasts included divine fruit tartes and hearty whole wheat bread with butter and fruit perserves. Mmmmm.

Il faisait horriblement froid, mais c’était une semaine merveilleuse. Beaucoup de snowboard + une journée de raquettes (et raclatte comme diner) + une grande journée de ski de fond (15 km). En plus, j´ai tenté le ski alpin et je l´ai plutôt bien aimé ! Une bonne surprise car la première (et dernière) fois, il y a 20 ans, m´a trop traumatisé …

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