Continuing on from the last post, I was telling you about Christmas in Ireland. After we came back from the North, we settled in for an icy and snow-packed holiday. I’ve never seen Ireland quite so icy before; driving to Dublin for example typically took over an hour instead of the usual forty five minutes I would expect. A couple of times on the Trim road we were limited to about 30mph simply because the traction was so bad. It was really interesting seeing the difference between a country that is prepared for ice and snow, and one that isn’t. I’m not being snobbish here; the ice and snow in Ireland was extreme, and we usually only get a few days of mild ice or frost there. Of course they aren’t prepared for it. In Munich they get far much more snow and ice, and they have a three week stockpile of salt for the roads, and two months of grit for the paths. They grit the footpaths! Anyway, it was damn cold. Anna’s parents came over too, so we picked them up from the airport. Slowly.
Speaking of snow, we’re going to Bayerischzell tomorrow. We are going to spend a week snowboarding and skiing. I promised James I’d take some pictures this time, particularly of me getting serious air… which means I have to charge the battery in my camera. This post had started out with the title “on piste in twenty four and counting”. Now its more like twelve to be honest. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to this next week. Last year I ended up in hospital with a severed ligament that had to be operated on two days before our skiing holiday, and didn’t get any snowboarding at all. Tomorrow that’s going to change. Provided I don’t crash the car on the way there ;-)
What else? Oh yes, there’s a reunion of old AOL heads coming up. Really old timers too, not just folks who were in Fulham Road, but further back. This is for those who were in the Fulham Broadway office, which I got invited to on a technicality: Although I wasn’t in that office originally, I moved there early on from Fulham Road when we re-located the Marketing department there. I don’t really think I can justify the cost though, and there aren’t many there that I would actually pay money to see again. A couple for sure, but they’ll wait until another time. We’re already going to London in July, so those that I really want to see will be covered. Sorry Scally.
I started another German course on Monday last. This time its with the Deutsch Akademie, and the teacher seems to have has a relatively illustrious career having worked in directorial capacities for both the Goethe Instutite and Berlitz previously. The course is far more what I need, I’m finding the pace just about right, and unlike the last one it seems more at my level. I may stick with this group for a bit for a couple of reasons. Firstly they have a higher quantity of narrower scoped bands (twelve as opposed to Berlitz’s ten), and secondly the class sizes are really nice. There are ten people in my class at the moment, which is so far working out really well. I’ve had two in a class at Berlitz, and twenty eight at the Volkshochschule, and ten is nice and comfortable.
Right, gotta go get packed and wax my snowboard…