I'm a 67 year old single female with lots of travel and writing experience!
I've been a Zimmermadchen/ ski bum in Lech am Arlberg, Austria and in Vail, Colorado.
I spent a year in Teheran, Iran where I worked as a Logistics Technician and wrote spare parts lists for airplanes in the IIAF.
You can see me as an extra in two movies: CHARAS, about drug smuggling in Malta ( filmed in Mumbai-Ballywood) and ZULU DAWN. Starting Burt Lancaster and Peter O 'Toole, Zulu Dawn was filmed in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa.
Technical writing proved to be an interesting career as computer word processing technology developed after the early 1980s..
When that work became an activity for " contract writers!", I stepped into another career as a math and science teacher for DYS schools.
Now retired, I have time to visit friends and see the rest of the world!
Please join me as visit SEAsia and explore the Then and Now of "rough!" Travel!!
After over a foot of fresh powder fell in the last 24 hours… on Wednesday morning the sun was shining brightly in the blue sky and we determined that even with my twisted knee … we definitely had to ski !!
The entire town was on the mountain early …, we managed to dress, have breakfast, redress and prepare to ski, actually put on our ski boots and walk to the Rufikopf lift by about 11!!
It was spectacular!!
pictures are really impossible!
but with perfect packed powder on the blue/ beginner piste … we made it to Zurs EVENTUALLY with only a slight bobble on the mid-mountain T-bar!! I had to get off and let us each go individually…. that worked out great because I did a bit of … out of necessity powder skiing (awesome – what skier live for!)
one run on the beginner piste is so terribly PATHETIC!! But it was all we could do … and we are insanely PROUD of our accomplishments!
we had beverages in Zurs, took the post bus back to Lech, had a sunbar beer at the Gasthof Post, hot soup and pizza snack at the Antonius and then fantastic dinner at Hotel Kristberg!!
Egon Zimmerman actually came by for a chat and to welcome us to his restaurant!! Exceptional Hospitality!!
The Arlberg Express bus was exactly where the directions said it would be outside of the arrival terminals at Zurich airport….. BUT
that meant it was a bit of an adventure to FIND it from where the hotel shuttle bus dropped us off!
With 2 ski bags, 2 large roller bags, 2 carry one pieces, my boot bag, a black back cushion and “a personal item!” We have a lot to wrangle around airports!!
Especially when that requires using escalators!!!
But we made it without having to rush.
It’s allowed to push the luggage carts onto the escalator…. fond memories of Fran ( my dad!) not believing that until we did it!! Back in the early 80s.
There has been lots of snow overnight!
And reasonable dry weather during the day!
It’s all good!
We’ve had dinners at Cafe Gotthard and Ambrosius Stubl,
Toured around the city center on foot, gotten Euros from a hole in the wall and skied two runs! On the lower Schleggelkopf!
As the day ends … we’re both still ambulatory!! And I’m just icing a twisted knee ( unfortunately the same one that previously had a medial collateral ligament sprain!!! )
Lech is Skier MECCA…..
the birthplace of “the Arlberg method!”
Home of Olympic gold medalists and
Site of the Strolz ski boot factory!
we are overnighting in the Zurich Airport Holiday Inn
we have so much stuff to schlepp around .. fortunately there are usually roller carts!! It took us so so long to get off the plane and get there customs … we missed the whole baggage claim carousel thing …. out bags and skis were the only things left !! ( safely waiting for us !! Ah Switzerland!)
now to just be FLAT
before we tour the city ( maybe!)
The plane was totally full and not a recommended carrier! A300-330. ( I think) ROUGH ride! Cramped economy but great food and excellent service!
I never felt qweezy on a plane before?!
watched Manchester by the Sea, couldn’t get interested in Jackie, and the Meryl S movie about the terrible singer .. well … listening to all of those horrible performances… shocking!!
big bang theory ‘s Mr Wollowitz! Was excellent as the pianist /
This one is amazing!!
They have Kim Chi!!
I am doing last chance Vietnamese / Asian breakfast and enjoying ALL of it !! ( mostly!)
Having a Scandinavian smorgasbord background, I feel obligated to taste little bits of almost everything!! I know it’s living dangerously but …. Why not!?!?!
*Asparagus crab soup with fried wonton and fried sweet potato chip
( not quite hot enough … But tasty
** Assorted Asian “entrées ”
Singapore stir fry with noodles,
Sea bass with passion fruit sauce
Steamed Shrimp / prawn dumplings
Steamed corn in milk
I only wanted a little custom-made pho, without the pork .. The chef understood little but NOT, no pork!! So I had chopsticks skill drill picking the bits out of the soup!!
I added the extras! Lettuce ( yum) lime, soy, and some funny dried banana tree threads!!
****Fruits and Dessert
Watermelon, dragonfruit and grapes ( which definitely try to roll off the plate)
Passion fruit mousse, coconut cake and chocolate eclair
With lots of tea
I guess I’ll be ready for a short stroll, a swim and the final packing up