The long white slopes of Ljungdalen
Trip Start Jan 21, 2008
19Trip End Jun 01, 2008
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The closer we got to our destination the more snow apeared on the sides of the road. I was absolutely extatic as seeing snow is very special for a South African. When we arrived I was overwelmed with the beatiful landscapes and even though I instantly knew my camara was going to work overtime the next few days there was now way I could of imagend some of the jawdropping sights that was to come.
Daniel and I was going to stay in the town with his grandmother ( maw maw ) and his parents and his younger brother ( the more wilderness loving of the two brothers) ( joakim ) went to a small hut without elek
after the long drive and disapeared under our warm blankets dreaming about what tommorow will bring us.
Day 2 :
We woke up early with a strong cup of coffee to a beatiful sunny day. It was perfect snowboarding weather and you could already feel the adrenalin builing inside.After dressing up i must say we looked kinda pro :P ..We rented the boards and befor eyou know it we where sitting on the lift going futher and futher up the mountain. As I had nt snowboarded in 3 years I was a little nevouse at first but surprizingly I did reasonably wel .. Every time I became better , faster and fel harder ..It was absolutely awsome though. Every now and then we took a break and had our hot chocolate and thin bread. Exgusted after a whole day on the slopes we are welkomed by some ys cold beer ( 3.5 ) and a really hot sauna . This would become a dayly tradision a proved to be the best cure for my stiff body after experiancing some mentionable falls. I slept like a baby that night.
Day 3 :
This was our last day of snowboarding and i still needed some pictures . ( In SA if you dont have a pic you did nt do it ) Unfortionatly the weather was not that great and with strong winds and -10 it was rather cold. Luckely it cleared up after we went for a fika ( coffee ) and I got some stunning pics. I was rather impressed with my snowboarding at the end and desided it is def
Day 4 :
The onther hut was on the edge of a huge lake that was completly frozen. This was the ideal oppertunity to do some ice fishing and before i could say " tack " I was drilling trough the ice in hope of finding some fish. All in all it it was a beatiful experiance and even though we didnt catch anything it felt like a different world to me. We sat on reindeer skinn and used small reels . Hot glu wine with almonds and raisins was the cerry on the cake. Today we had a tradisional wood fire sauna ( still with the beer ) that just gives that extra relaxing feeling. For supper we had the best brown pea soup in the world accompanyed with a strong warmed liquer , musterd and cheese on cracker bread. We made our way back on snowmobiles and contunied our uno game. Oh I also did some long distance skiing on the lake !
Day 5 :
The last day we went to Helax 1792 m , the 3 de higest mountian in Swede
I loved our holiday in Ljundalen and is very grateful to the thilen family as well as maw maw for beeing so " gasvry" It was mitte bra !!