Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Looking forward to a Czech Ski Weekend...

Brother and sister- day after Christmas- Mt. Hood Meadows in Hood River, Oregon- Good times!
Me and my mama- Oregon is so beautiful when we are shredding up the mountain!
Back in Prague... this is what I arrived home to 2 weeks ago- SNOW, SNOW, SNOW! Prague has seen more snow in 5 weeks than it has had in 26 years! It is both beautiful and magical, and it makes hauling your groceries home a considerable workout! As the temperatures have been a yo-yo and the precipitation has bounced between "Oregon" snow a.k.a rain/snow mix and cold dry snow that pellets your face- the roofs, sidewalks, and many of us foreigners don't know exactly how to handle it all. The roof at our school has begun to cave in many hallways- flat roofs not built to see this much snow are now causing leaks all over our school and I hear in other parts of the city. I am fortunate to live in a remodled flat with a sturdy, slanted ceiling that allows the snow to slide off the roof when it is time to melt... The main problem our building has seen is the mass quantities of snow piling up on the roof then slowly melting during the day and re-freezing overnight and eventually becoming big, blocks of ice that pile up on the overhangs waiting to crash down to the sidewalk! YIKES! Yesterday evening, the manager in my building was in my flat for 30 minutes using a large rake to push the melting snow piles off the overhang to avoid anyone getting hurt or an extra shower from the constant drip-drip-drip- try sleeping with that annoyance happening all-night-long!! Needless to say, I am quite prepared with many new pairs of warm, REI socks, a 600 fill down North Face jacket, and sturdy, thermal-lined, waterproof boots!
Just like in Oregon, all this snow may be causing commotion in the city, but it is fantastic for the mountains. This weekend, I am headed to Spindleruv-Mlyn- a Czech ski resort for a bit of skiing with some friends. I hear that many of the Czech mountains are considered "hillls with lots of people." Not a problem when you are excited about new ski adventures... I will tell you how it goes!
Here is the website of the resort if you want to catch a glimpse of where I will be... "Czech" it out! -- Nikki

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