Hey everyone, hope you all had a great week! This week is our last week in Scuol, so we have been very busy making the most of the winter sports which they offer around this part of Switzerland. Yesterday we went skiing in St. Moritz, and a few days ago we went sledding down a 6km long sled run – about 2hrs train from here in a cute town called Bergün. I uploaded a preview video a few days ago, but today you can watch the FULL 3.5min video of us zoooming down the hill as fast as we can! WOW it was so much fun, if your ever in Switzerland in Winter make sure you go to Bergün! Watch The Video Below: (you might notice the serious look on my face – it was due to the fact that I was holding the video camera in one hand and trying to control the sled with the other while bumping up and down the ice track @ 50km/hr :p Also that is Sofia chasing me behind… and make sure you watch right to the end to find out what happens to my sledding :S)
Sledding In Switzerland
Fun eh? Tomorrow we are leaving for a 6 day train adventure around Switzerland, France and Italy before flying to Sweden – so look forward to reading and seeing heaps of great pics and info from those places.
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RECAP – Scuol, Switzerland – Where We Have Been Living For The Last 5 Months
The last 5 months we have been hiding in a tiny village called Scuol in the middle of the Swiss alps, surrounded by forest and high mountains. We made our decision to come here, just like we normally do – by a photo we saw online. You know one of those photos where you go ”WOW, let’s pack our bags NOW”. And guess what, the photo wasn’t photoshopped, it really looks like this:
When we arrived in Scuol, we didn’t know how long we would manage to survive here. With no job waiting for us, no knowledge of the language (German) whatsoever, and only 800 euro in our pockets, it might have looked like a really stupid idea to come and live in one of the most expensive countries in the world. Well, I guess now that I think about it afterwords, it probably was… :p But we figured that since everything always works out for the better, that what ever happens was meant to happen, and the fact that we’re still here 5 months later says it all. It’s funny, the places we’ve enjoyed the most in our travels are the ones we barely even knew anything about before we arrived there. A year ago we had never heard about this place, and a few months later we ended up living there.
It’s an amazing place, one of those places where you can easily get stuck and not realize it until 10 years later, that you forgot to leave. In fact, that’s what has happened to many people here. Many of them are born and raised here and have barely ever been outside the country, but everyone else (which is many) moved here – years ago. The people we have gotten to know were SO surprised when we told them we were leaving. It was like the only reason you’d possibly leave was because you for some reason HAD to, not because you wanted to. And they all thought ‘leaving’, meant coming back next winter or in summer. During our time here Nathan worked as a ski instructor. I, who had barely ever skied before, have become a pretty damn good skier if you’ll allow me to brag a little 😉
We’ve skied probably as many miles as we would normally have walked in Gothenburg altogether in 3 months, and we’ve walked as many miles as we would probably have driven in a year (not that I’m much of a driver, but you get the deal). I guess we make up for all the Swiss chocolate we’ve been munching on every day..!
It’s the only area left in the whole world where people still speak the pretty much extinct language ‘Romanch’ – the strangest language I’ve ever heard. I’m going to miss it, and I’m going to miss all the people I’ve gotten to know. I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to see this place from a close angle. It is so much more than I ever thought Switzerland could be, it has a charm, a personality, that is very special and the people are so generous and helpful, without their help it would have been much harder finding work and for a lot harder for us to have been able to experience such an amazing time.