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Lots and lots of snow

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The past week has been quite busy with lots of stuff to do at work and Christmas celebrations in the evenings, drinks at a friend's house, Swedish Christmas dinner, English Christmas dinner at the Couloir, having friends over for Boxing day and now to top it off the weekend was a bit crazy due to massive snowfalls and strong winds. We were stuck in Val d'Isère yesterday after working in the morning. Both the road and the lift link was shut,  but after about 7hours of waiting we were finally allowed to leave. Sadly there were lots of traffic accidents, so just hoping that people are now using the appropriate equipment.

Some more photos

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Yesterday I worked on the world cup again and we had quite a bit to do, at least in the afternoon, taking down all the netting around the course. But at least it was warm, unlike in the morning where we waited for 3 hours at the top of the Bellevarde, getting quite cold in the process. But at least the views were stunning!



A day at the races

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My first week working for Oxygene has gone really well. Had some really nice lessons and everyone in the team are really friendly, looks like it's going to be a good season with lots of work. Some busy weeks coming up!

This weekend I'm working at the Women's World Cup in Val as a part of the deal with getting a free lift pass as an instructor. So early morning start today, we went up with the Olympique bubble at 7am and then started clearing snow off of the course. Then we had to slip it in between the racers - I don't think I've ever snow ploughed that quickly before! And then I got to help with setting up the podium and we ended the day with more snow clearing in preparation for tomorrow's Super G.
Exciting and fun but also tiring day. Hoping for the same sunny weather tomorrow!



Finishing training and starting work

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So, this week was my last with Podium training for the eurotest and it's been a cold one! Temperatures with wind chill reaching at least -25C. Lots of layers and feeling a bit like a Michelin man at times. And the training week was a bit bizarre just because we haven't had any real snow so the only skiable part in Tignes, the glacier, has been shared with around 3000 students which meant pulling the course at 11.30 in the morning. Not great when you want to get the most out of training! But I think we'd have been more annoyed if the test in Alpe d'Huez wasn't cancelled. We made the most of it anyway. Training was finished off with us all having Aspen burgers, a Podium Friday tradition of sorts, before wishing everyone a great season!

This week we also went to the welcome drinks party for my new ski school this year, Oxygene, in Val d'Isère. It was great to meet all of the instructors and I'm really excited for the season. There are some fast skiers and race…

Published article and post nr 1000

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So, I'm a bit behind on my blogging but lots of stuff has happened lately! One of which is that Source magazine has come out in Tignes. I couldn't go to the release party which was a bit of a shame considering I've had my first ever article published!
If you want to have a read go to this link and look at p.48-49. Below are some screen shots of what it looks like! I might just have to try to get my hands on an actual copy too though!

And it's probably worth a mention, this is post nr 1000 on my blog!



Settling in

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We're after half a day of organizing starting to settle in a bit in the flat, just getting the tools out and furniture in has made a massive difference, and I'm happy that my advent decorations are now up! Some smaller things to do still and a lot of our stuff is still not in, but ay least it doesn't feel like we're squatting anymore. I even tried out my new yoghurt maker today!
In other news my back is finally getting better after having had an osteo session this week so hopefully skiing should be good next week, when if we have to share the glacier with all the students and the Spanish that have now arrived! Training is slightly less intense though as the eurotest for December has been cancelled and the first session is now in January some time. It also means I'm free to work a bit sooner so next weekend it's all kicking off! Very excited!

Training

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It's been quite an intense week with training and building work and then finally moving house this weekend. The new flat is livable now but we need a bit of time just to sort small things out and to get all of our things organized. Hopefully by this weekend we'll be better off.
My birthday was thus spent laying a floor so some celebrations this coming weekend might happen instead. Some pics from training below.

More and more building work

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Some intense building work lately, long hours and lots of work being done! Lately we've put up the wood cladding and done a lot of tiling. I've even done a day of tiling on my own today with some quite complicated cuts! Learning new things every day! And in addition to that winter has arrived. First proper snow this weekend =)




Update

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Late update after another visit to Sweden last week. And I've spent the last two days grouting and wall cladding. At least the visual result is satisfying, still quite a bit to do though.

Sauteed eggplant/aubergine

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When we were out for dinner with Robin and Bill at Polpettina in Larchmont, Robin ordered these delicious eggplant crisps with salt and honey. So, when I got back home and saw the aubergine in the supermarket I of course had to buy one and start experimenting. I found a recipe for fried/sautéed eggplant and tried it last night. The recipe came from this website.
Sauteed Eggplant with Honey and Thyme (I omitted the thyme) How to cook eggplant: Fried Eggplant with a crispy outside and moist tender inside. Ingredients: 1 large eggplant
2 cups milk
½ cup flour
3-5 Tb. olive oil
3 Tb. honey
2 Tb. fresh thyme leaves
Sea Salt
Directions: Peel the eggplant and slice it into thin 1/8 inch rounds. Place the eggplant slices in an airtight container and pour the milk over it. Cover and refrigerate over night. In a small pie pan, mix the flour with 1 tsp. salt. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Line a plate with paper towels. When the oil is hot, dredge a few slices…

Sunday in the park

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Our last day in New York we walked around Central Park, played on the swings, visited Belvedere Castle and just tried to make the most of it. Which meant a second visit to Times Square as well.
A lot of walking both in and out of the park in the end before heading back to the flat to pack our bags as our plane left at midnight.





Some more about Saturday

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First back to Saturday for a quick recap, in all the excitement about the engagement there were some details that were lost! We walked over the Brooklyn bridge on the way out since the sun had finally come out. 
After that we caught a subway up to Williamsburg and the restaurant we had lunch at was called DOC, at 7th st and Wythe in Brooklyn. I had some great french toast with Mascarpone and Fresh berries and Ross had a proper homemade burger. Lovely!
After that we went to Smorgasburg and the beach, as described in the previous post. After which we walked around the Brooklyn flea market where we found some interesting art to bring home and then kept walking to Northern Territory, an australian bar with a rooftop terrace. Really chill and a nice way to round off the day.



Ja

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Yesterday we went out to Brooklyn, we walked over the Brooklyn bridge and then made our way up to Williamsburg. Lunch was had at a lovely restaurant and then we made it out to the East River State Park overlooking the manhattan skyline. We sat down on the rocks on the beach and that's when Ross asked me to marry him. I happily said yes and we're now engaged! So it turns out this was the biggest surprise of the surprise trip. We then found a lovely rooftop terrace overlooking the city and had drinks and just enjoyed our last evening in the city.


Touristy stuff

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Ross had a couple of things he wanted to see and do so yesterday was dedicated to more touristy type stuff. We started out by going into Times Square, where we of course got "attacked" by ticket sellers, however since we wanted to go see something that night we didn't mind and ended up getting tickets for Stand up | NY. After which we headed out to the Circle Line boats to go on a short tour around lower manhattan. It was really quite good, apart from the sligthly too cold wind and people standing up blocking the view. Lunch was then had at a place called Southern Hospitality in Hells Kitchen which was really nice but soo much food. I had fried chicken and waffles and a cream soda, strange combo but it was really quite good. Although I had less than half of what was on my plate and offered a doggy bag! Meal sizes here are just massive. We then walked back into midtown and headed for the Empire State building. I've not been up before either, only at the top of the roc…

Rainy New York

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We stayed over in Larchmont last night after having dinner with Robin and Bill which was really nice. Good to catch-up after 5 years! So we got the train in this morning and we had sort of decided to visit a museum if the weather wasn't cooperating. So we went straight down with the subway to Wall Street to visit the 9/11 memorial and museum. However the queues for the museum, as we hadn't booked were really long and outside in the cold wind and rain so we went for just visiting the preview site instead. After which, the jeans hunt started. Some shopping was had but no jeans just quite yet. The lego store was also quite impressive.



Jet lag is still a bit hard so after we went home and planned out the following days I was really too tired to head out again, staying in eating some potato skins and Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding was enough for me tonight.

First day in NYC

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We woke up really early due to jet lag and despite the rain we decided to make the most of it. We walked across Central Park and then got the Subway down to 14th st and then walked to Chelsea Market. Bought some dried kiwi, which sounded a lot nicer than it was. After which we walked down into the village and got cupcakes and banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery. Yum! Ross then decided to get a haircut at a proper barber shop while I strolled around for a bit. Lunch was then had at Cafeteria, one of my favorite restaurants after which we started heading uptown in the Highline Park, a really long and narrow park that's been done on an old elevated train track. We then continued uptown, walked across to 6th avenue and then all the way back up to 97th street which is where our apartment is! Long walk but a really nice first day, despite the weather. Tonight we're heading out to Larchmont to have dinner with my old host family from my au pair days 7 years ago.


Sweden

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Decided to go to Sweden for a couple of days this week to see my family this week. Lots of stuff happening the past week so wanted to get back here for a bit. Travelled to Copenhagen by plane and then by train in to Sweden. Very efficient way of travelling btw. Will definitely do again, and it helped that there was free WIFI in GVA and CPH airports as well as on the train to Helsingborg! Especially since the activation of my Europe mode on my phone contract seems to be having some issues. Hopefully that'll be resolved soon! Staying in Sweden until Monday and then flying back to Geneva for a night, after which we are going on a surprise holiday that Ross has planned! Can't wait! I still don't know exactly where we're going.

In other building news, most of the tiling has been done in the flat this week. We've had Jonathan come in and help us, in addition to Ben who did the kitchen. And we did the plumbing, so things are moving forward. While I'm away this weekend…