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Christmas

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So in a surprising turn of events Ross and I both got some time off during Christmas. We started with Swedish Christmas dinner on the 24th which was followed by having Christmas day off together. So we made the most of it by enjoying a sleep in, going out for a ski together, having lunch at Brasero's and finally enjoying some more Christmas treats and another Christmas dinner in the evening!

Season start

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So, not been many updates on the blog lately. I've just been really busy and not really done anything much apart from training and then straight back into work up til now.  I supposed I even missed writing about all the birthday celebrations Ross sorted out for me which was brilliant. A new standard has been set for future birthdays! 

This weekend we've had the Tees visit and it's been great to have a catch up and a quick ski together! 
After a first few weeks of struggling a bit in training I got my head in a good place, got some new kit; skis and mittens with padding and started skiing much better. I wasn't signed up for the Eurotest in Alpe d'Huez that got cancelled but am booked in for a test in Italy in January and looking forward to having a first go at it for this season. 
I started work last week and it's been a good first week, snow is a bit thin in places but most of the Espace Killy is open so can't really complain. Got another two weeks now of w…

Training

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So after the ski show it was back to Tignes for some more training and a short trip to Italy where I was supposed to do a eurotest but got sick instead.
Now back in Tignes for more training, although we've had a few snow days over the past week when the glacier's been shut. Late start today but fingers crossed it's still going to open! Also, the photoshoot I did with Propaganda for Oxygène has come out. Got this pic off of facebook so quality isn't great but it gives you an idea! Ski instructors make the best action figures :-)

Bonfire night and fireworks

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Out with the Tee's for bonfire night and fireworks tonight followed by Thai food and the cardboard box game. There aren't many better ways to spend an evening!

Ski show

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So lots of stuff going on lately since I ended up working two weeks more than planned, started training right away, did a photoshoot for the ski school and now spending 4 days in London for the ski show with Gabriele and Poleplant. Obviously this also happens to coincide with my English exams... London has so far been quite rainy and the first day of the ski show was fairly quiet. We're expecting it to pick up a bit for the weekend though. Another plus of visiting London is to see the Tee's, who have been amazing sorting me out with lift from the airport,  a place to stay and lots more!

First ski

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Very unplanned but since Ross and I got the day off together today we decided to go skiing with a couple of friends. Great snow, sunnt weather and surprisingly no lift queues. Hope the rest of the season continues in the same way.

Winter is almost here!

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Quite a bit of snowing this week and getting colder. Only a couple of months left now til proper winter..
In the meantime, first proper snow selfie
And it would seem the pics from the photoshoot I did this summer with Hannah has been published. A friend posted this yesterday! 

Weekend in Cham

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We went to Chamonix last weekend to go visit Clare. We left Saturday morning and stopped in Annecy on the way over to see the High Five Festival, which was great apart from the long search for a parking spot!

After arriving in Cham we went to the Moö bar for cocktails - they were delicious! My new favorite drink is now a Moö sour! This was followed by a great dinner at Munchie, really yummy food. I'd probably class it as Asian fusion. Turns out both these places were Swedish and Ross even got some practice in. We ended the evening with some more drinks in Munster and watched the end of the rugby.

On Sunday morning we picked up some food at the bakery and then headed up to La Tour for a hike up to the glacier. Surprisingly good weather made for a great hike with lunch up top. We had amazing views of the Mt Blanc and Cham. The only downside was the crows circling just above our heads as we picknicked.

Before leaving Cham we got a quick ice cream, speculoos flavor for me, and walked …

Bread maker foccacia

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I made this the other day and it was too good not to share:
Bread machine Foccacia with sundried tomatoes and rosemary, recipe comes from Food.com
I did however modify it slightly, here's my version:

Ingredients:
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of powdered milk
3,5 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons of margarine
3 cups of white flour
2 tablespoons of yeast (for breadmaker)
1/2 cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes (the dry kind)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt
dried rosemary

Mix water, powdered milk, sugar, salt, butter, flour, tomatoes and yeast into machine (this is the order our machine likes it) I also added some rosemary here to have it baked into the bread.
Set to dough programme (10) which takes 1,5h.
Once programme is finish, knead it by hand and place in an oiled bowl, turn a couple of times to make sure it's coated. Cover with baking towel and leave to rise for 15mins in a fairly warm place.
Place a silicon mat on baking tray and dust with flour. Roll out…

Last day in Bali - salt making and Jimbaran beach.

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We spent our last morning at the hotel enjoying breakfast and then getting a massage before having to pack up our last bits and pieces at noon when it was time to check out. We got picked up by I Wayan, our driver and we had a couple of stops on our way to Denpasar and the airport. First stop was a natural salt maker. It was really interesting to see the process and how much work goes into it, and of course we bought some salt as well. After that we drove through Denpasar and out to Jimbaran beach where we enjoyed a late lunch/early dinner on the beach and just hung around until sunset. The restaurant we ate at required us to choose our own fish and to be honest it wasn't the best meal we'd had but at least the setting made up for it.



After sunset we drove to the airport and had what was probably the longest airport experience we've ever had. It took us about 3hours to go through check in, security, immigration and to walk to our gate. So we sort of just made it there for …

Gili T

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So we decided we wanted a night out and booked ourselves a stay at M'adison gili on Gili Trawangan. We took the gilicat boat out there and it really looks like a little paradise island. There are no cars or dogs on the island which was a nice change, however there were cats and horses! You still had to look out, or rather keep an ear out for what sounded like Santa's sledge but which were the little horse drawn carriages known as cidomos. We checked in at our hotel and then headed out with the intent of finding somewhere to swim as we were now finally presented with white sand beaches and turquoise waters. We did however end up walking around the whole island. Which isn't very big, but we got warm and once we'd finally decided to go swimming, we took 2 steps in and then had to basically try to float on the water due to all the old corals. I think some kind of swim shoes would've been the appropriate foot wear!


We went to Warung Warna for dinner where we had thin …

More water related excursions

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We also booked ourselves into a submarine tour because Ross loves submarines and we figured we weren't going to go diving. Think we got lucky sitting in front of the submarine though!
In the afternoon we then visited the water palace, the water temple and finally the chocolate factory, which had shut but we convinced one of the guys there to get us some chocolate anyway. 


We finished the day with dinner at the crazy kangaroo. Food was ok quite good but the best bit was the fire dance they put on whilst we were eating. 

Balinese cooking

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We booked ourselves in for a cooking class with the chef at the hotel as this was some of the best food we'd had so far. Our day started with a visit to a big balinese market. The size of it was incredible, although I couldn't make myself go in to the bit with the live animals. Walking through the meat and fish bit was enough given I had a slight bali belly at the time.
So many colours, smells and impressions, although it turns out our ingredients had already been sourced locally for the food, so Ross ended up just buying a couple of sweet things to try.



As it turns out, Balinese cooking involves a lot of grounding and prep work but once that's done, it's fairly quick. We got to cook about 5 different dishes and most of them were using our Bumbu bali paste which has about 10 ingredients all chopped and then mashed together on a big volcanic stone grinding dish. Ross then later found one in the hotel shop and decided we should have one. My guess is it weighs a couple of…

Snorkeling

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We got up early after our first night in Manggis to go snorkeling. The hotel boat took us out to the Blue Lagoon. lt took me a bit of time to become friends with the snorkel but once I did, we had a great time. We saw lots of fish and even a reef shark.



Manggis

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Manggis proved to be quite different to Ubud and is sort of more of what you picture when you think Bali, beaches, turquoise water, palm trees. The hotel staff were again amazing and we felt so welcome! We got a chocolate cake and flowers on the bed, in addition to getting a free dinner and a spa treatment to enjoy during the week. We decided on using the free dinner that same day, and it was the best food we'd had so far by a mile. Properly spicy and delicious! We rounded the evening off with sitting outside reading the wedding guest book, It was lovely to read all the messages from all our friends and family. 


  And this is how we decided to thank the staff for their lovely gestures!

Last days in Ubud

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The last days in Ubud were quite relaxed. We enjoyed the hotel pool and afternoon tea but we also did walk a lot around town and did a bit of shopping, which ended up being a good call because Candidasa and Manggis had significantly less shops.
We also ended up having one of the best dinners so far, at Three Monkeys where we ended up after trying another restaurant that could only offer me spaghetti carbonara as a nut free meal. Either way, it ended up being a great evening and meal! A good way to end the Ubud part of the trip.

Monkey forest sanctuary

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This was one of my must-see places for the trip as I love monkeys. We got told beforehand to not bring food or bags or anything that the monkeys would like. And that was good advice, the monkeys were really cheeky and jumped on people to get water bottles or bananas. We quite happily observed. You still get really close up to the monkeys and they are everywhere in the park!