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This week was my first week of classes, or I should say my first 3 days because I don't have class on Mondays or Tuesdays. As great as that is, it does make for a very tiring 12hrs of class on Wednesday. Each class is an hour and 45min which is surprisingly very hard to sit through! And I'm taking politics and economy for the first time in my life, hopefully it ends up being easier than I ...
... can get some of the effect.
So back to my first time skiing...ever.
I did 4 runs today before my body told me I needed to stop. My first run down the bunny slopes was kinda awful (as expected for a newcomer). I couldn't stop, or turn so basically I did what I could to slow down and ended up wiping out hard many times.Thankfully I had Katy with me who is from Colorado who talked me through it and got my confidence back up. After the first run, ...
... towards Grenoble we got caught in a terrific hailstorm! So much for looking for sun.
After Grenoble we headed off into The mountains on the D85 - the Route Napoleon - the route Napoleon took in March 1815 after he left Elba and arrived on the south coast of France. Only we were doing the route in the ...
... tyre with a new plug. I will need a new tyre when I get home but I'm hoping this will get me there.
I then set the navi to take me via mountain roads over to Gap. It is a really stunning ride. Unlike, say, the high Alps in Austria and Switzerland, the French build quaint villages way up in the sky. Basically if it was even remotely feasible to build a road to a mountain top ...
... ticket Down.
Down. Down. Down. Down-be-doobie-Down.
But wow, was this gorge gorgeous. We went from timberline, above which almost no trees grow, down through really luscious deciduous trees and bushes and flora and a fabulous steep rushing waterfall, down to the bottom of this gorge, and then back up again.
Now, I normally consider myself a) a pretty chatty/wordy/loquacious girl and b) capable of coming up with descriptions when need be. Not now. I got ...