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Family dinner and fantastic beasts

Yesterday we got back to Stourbridge and had a yummy meal with Ross' family for Anna's birthday. This was followed by heading out for fantastic beasts and where to find them at the cinema, which both Anna and I have been waiting to see. Next time we'll have to make plans to go to Harry Potter world!

Dean & Helen

This weekend we went back to the UK for Dean and Helen's wedding. We arrived in Tetbury in Friday afternoon after flying into London and getting our hire car. Helen and Dean had organised pizza and drinks at the venue so we could all settle in before the big day!
The Saturday did bring some rain but we had a fantastic day with a lovely ceremony followed by drinks, food, speeches and a lot of dancing. Finally got to see Atif's solo performance to smooth criminal and Ross and I even got a flip in to our song; shut up and dance. Almost a year and half since last time but we still got it! :-)

First tour and ski of the season

So after tons of snow falling last week we decided to do our first tour of the season this weekend. Bowie came up to join us and we set off Saturday morning up piste H to make it up to Paquis and the Tovière. Safe to say, we weren't very quick but the weather was great and we did enjoy the hike up and the occasional stop for water and some 'very bad kids' sweets. We stopped at the top of the steep of piste H before heading down to Le Lac. I had quite a few wobbly turns (the first of the season) and a fall but I also got some great powder turns in between! They'd also used snow cannons in some places so the snow varied between amazing powder and cement crud. All worth it though!
We made it down to the Loop bar for lunch and had  a well deserved chicken burger and coke.
This might be the best start to the season in a long time..


Lots of snow falling today, even down in bourg! View from the office and the car before driving back up to Tignes this evening

Busy weekend

Started off the weekend with a 5h English grammar exam which I'm happy to say I passed! Next course is now British literature and Arthuriana. On Saturday we luckily changed the tires on the car as it started dumping later in the evening. In the day we went to the winterfest film festival in bourg and participated in quite a strange eco-conference. This was followed by dinner with Beaker and Bowie at the queue du cochon as well as drinks so we ended up having a late night walk home in the snow. Today was a more chilled day and we ended up going to the movies as they were showing a film in VOST, meaning original version with subtitles, or as we see it, not dubbed to French.  We saw captain fantastic, which was a little bit odd but really quite good,  definitely worth  a watch!


Tignes definitely showed its best side today. So warm that it seems unbelievable that November is only 2 days away!

Long time no see

It's been quite a while since the last update but it's been a busy 3 weeks. So after coming back from Italy I've started a new job, had my parents come visit, been house hunting and started the fall semester's course in English at the university. In addition to that there's been some lingonberry making and tiling of the skirting board in the hallway!
All that to say that I've been a bit lazy in updating the blog lately. Hopefully I'll get in to a good rhythm of things soon and can schedule in at least a weekly blog update.

But to at least catch up a little bit on the backlog here's a bit more detail.

My new job is as a junior graphic designer for a marketing/design agency and so far really enjoying it. Lots of different things to do and of couse some new things to learn but it's all going well so far!

My parents decided on a sort of last minute roadtrip/traintrip through Europe and so they came to visit us last weekend. We had quite a lot of catch u…

zipline Lago Maggiore


Lake Maggiore

Ross and I arrived at Hotel Simplon in Bevano on the Sunday night and were pleasantly surprised we'd gotten an upgrade to a superior suite with lakeview. 

In the evening we ventured out to find a restaurant and ended up at a place called Sopra Sotto. The food was amazing, service a bit slow but we didn't really mind. Turns out afterwards we did get quite a few mosquito bites though - especially Ross, but we didn't let that stop us.

The Monday was our anniversary and so we had planned a few activities that we reckoned would be good fun and we weren't wrong. We started by driving up to Mottarone and an activity called Alpyland. Basically it's a rollercoaster summer bob that goes from the top of the mountain. We did it twice as we thought we could let go of the breaks a bit more for the second round!

This was followed by lunch in a town called Feriolo. We ended up eating at the second restaurant we sat down at as the first one turned out to have neither pizza, nor our…

Lake Como

After landing back in France we started driving to Italy and Lake Como straight away. The trip was not without it's troubles as we had issues with a valve after adjusting the tyre pressure and hit a massive old tyre from a truck on the highway. Luckily nothing serious came of it.
We were very happy to arrive in Acquaseria on lake Como at Dave and Daniel's and get some pasta and a glass of chianti to go with before settling in for the night.

Saturday was spent going on a boat for a couple of hours on the lake and having a picnic for lunch. I think we all enjoyed getting some wind from the speed as it was as the Italians say Scorchio! The evening was spent relaxing with dinner on the balcony.

On the Sunday we did have a morning swim, first in the lake and then in the pool. This was followed by a nice lunch at a lakeside restaurant in Menaggio before Ross and I headed off towards Lake Maggiore.

Last couple of days in the UK

The last couple of days we had in the UK were spent in Stourbridge and Birmingham. Ross passed all his electrician's exams which was great of course and we went out to see some friends in the evenings, seeing Mark and Kat at the Plough in Harborne and then the full quadpod and wags at the Botanist. Both evenings meant good food and great company.
We also visited the jewellery quarter in Birmingham and went to the Jewellery quarter museum which was really interesting.


After Edinburgh we drove through Newcastle and down to Beverly where we were meeting up with the rest of the Creed family. We'd rented out an entire youth hostel located in an old friary. On Saturday we drove out to Hull where we visited the aquarium. I think most of us agreed it wasn't an amazing experience but it still made for a nice day out and it was followed by lunch at a little café called Thieving Harry where we had some really good food. 

On the Sunday we went to Bridlington North Beach and a couple of us actually went for a swim which was good fun. Lunch was fish and chips at the beach. 

The evenings were also filled with entertainment; from treasurehunts, mölkky, name games and a quiz. All in all a great weekend! 
Driving down to Stourbridge we stopped off in York to see the Minster and the Shambles. We also had an amazing lunch at the Source Restaurant. If any of you are visiting York this is highly recommended!!

Edinburgh Fringe

After a few days in Stourbridge and Ross getting some electrical work done we headed up to Edinburgh for a day at the fringe festival. We'd booked an airbnb for 2 nights and had a full day up there which ended up being filled with 5 shows: We're sorry by a Canadian duo of comedians, the acrobatic show Driftwood, Swedish theatre drama Evil (Ondskan), stand up by Michelle Wolf and the Edinborolympics with Mark Watson. John (Ross' cousin) met up with us for a bit and we saw two of the shows together.
It was great to have  a day out together and especially to get to see some shows and theatre which we don't get much of in Tignes!

Richard and Jess' wedding and a quick visit to Wales

We've gone back to the UK for a couple of weeks holiday before september kicks in and this weekend we went to Richard and Jess' wedding in Ledbury which was great fun. Amazing food, giant tic tac toe and croquet on the lawn, some dancing and a quiz were just some of the things we got to enjoy!

On the Sunday we were so close Wales that it seemed a shame to miss out given that I've never been. So we set off with a first stop in Ross-on-Wye (how could we not) and there were obviously a lot of things named Ross.

After which we kept going towards Wales and ended up in Newport where we went for lunch at the Ridgeway Bar and Restaurant. Ross' order got a bit mixed up but the food was really good!

Parco Avventura Mont Blanc

Yesterday we went to the high rope course next to Pré Saint Didier in Italy. After a slightly slow start we got on to the harder courses and had a great day out.

The high ropes were followed by gelato in la Thuile as well as pizza at Chicco's with friends.