Saturday, 7 December 2013

The journey.

Today has been a rough day preparing as I am very hungover from the Christmas Ball last night. However, today is the day that I leave to visit Val Thorens till the 14th to go snowboarding with Warwick University Snow club. I’m super excited because other than Ben Nevis for a day in Scotland, I’ve never been snowboarding on a real mountain. For most, this is hard to believe bearing in mind I actually lived in Canada for a year where I snowboarded occasionally and even have my own snowboard, but I just snowboarded at Cobble Hills which was a golf resort in the summer so wasn’t huge.

It’s taken me forever to pack and I don’t understand how! It took me about 30 minutes to pack for a trip that lasted 9 weeks in Asia, but it’s taken me like 2-3 hours to pack for this one. Mainly because I can’t fit everything in, but I guess that’s where having a male best friend comes in handy! He is taking some of my stuff for me which is great as it means I can bring a hair dryer and, more importantly my vodka!
I also cannot decide what camera to take! Therefore… I’ve settled on taking all of them. I now have 2 DSLRS, (Sony A200 & Canon 600D) and my compact digital camera (Samsung WB150F). I figured my canon is too new to take on the slopes I don’t want to risk damaging it, but my Samsung doesn’t take photos quickly enough, it’s usually my clubbing camera, therefore I need my sony to take quick shots that isn’t going to really upset me if I damage it. Also, I want the Canon for nice scenery shots, and I brought another lens for my Canon. Seriously… How did I pack for Asia?!?
Anyway, leaving at 5:30 for the dreaded trip of doom that will take 23 hours! I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
**11:45pm**
We’re currently sat in the services at Dover waiting for the 12:50pm ferry with a costa white hot chocolate Matthew just bought for me. It’s a pain because we’ve done so much waiting, we waited at a service station for an hour whilst changing drivers, we could have left so much later, definitely like 8pm but I guess better safe than sorry! I slept for an hour and a half whilst they were watching fast and furious. Not too bad thus far.
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(Jasmine enjoying her costa)
**Midday Saturday**
We left the ferry at 2am (3am French Time), and managed to get through customs without so much as a passport, and sailed on by. I took two of my beloved valiums and slept till just now where we stopped for some over-priced breakfast at a service stop. My back is in agony from being curled over, but some things never change! It hasn’t been half as bad as I thought it would be, but after Asia bus journeys, what could be?!
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(Our bored/ tired/ fed-up faces on the ferry at stupid-o-clock).
**2:30pm**
I think Valiums starting to replace Matt as my best friend, I slept for another few hours and now the scenery around me is about to build up, lots of mountains yet a worryingly lack of snow! Nowhere near as beautiful as the journey to Pai, but I know it will improve. 2 more hours till the supermarket stop then 1 hour to the resort :).
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(Matthew is excited about this!)
**update 8pm**
At the supermarket ended up stocking up on some basics, cheese, baguettes, ham and mixer. It’s crazy how expensive ham is here, but it’s so tasty I forgive it!
Upon entering our hotel, ‘Pierre & Vacances Residence Les Temples du Soleil’, it was so much nicer than I expected. I thought there would be just bunk beds but much to my surprise Matt and I even got our own room, there’s a kitchen (but no oven). It did have hobs, a dishwasher (strange they decided on that over an over), and lots of crockery. The others, however, have to sleep on pull out sofas. We also have a wonderful balcony looking over the mountains and the slopes with a minute walk to the slopes from our room.
*midnight*
We all ventured to another friends room (Ali, Ev, Harry, Harry & Cammy) to pre-drink before the nights antics began. It was pretty tame this evening if I’m honest, there was a lot of laughing gas going around, but I never do it because it just strikes me as so dangerous. Matthew annoyed me by doing it because he refuses to do any type of drug ever. Around 10:30pm we then headed to burger bar in the hotel. Quite frankly, the bar was pretty poop so I went to find mid drinks with the exec but ended up being pushed over and then shoved into a room by one of them who refused to let me out. This put me in a bad mood and I ended up going to bed. Not a great start to the holiday, but things will get better, I know so! 

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