yipes--as it really been more than two weeks since last I posted? Oops. Life has been busy. Really, really busy. With nearly no leisure time on the computer.
Before I forget the details I should type up the little holiday lord_kjar and I took last weekend.
Wednesday, which was the night before we left, I was outside, enjoying the peace and quiet of our neighbourhood, shovelling some snow and revelling in the beauty of the starry night. I have mentioned before that I love winter more than any other season, and that was a stunning example of how beautiful it is. I really didn't want to leave my beloved winter to head south.
However, we have been wanting to visit our friend L ever since she moved to Grenoble to start a PhD program (theoretical physics) last August, and I didn't want to do it in summer, since it will be hot there in the summer, so we decided on March.
Therefore we got up at 04:00 on Thursday and took a cab to the airport. Followed by a plane to Stockholm (1.5 hour flight), followed by a plane to Geneve (1.67 hr flight) followed by a bus to Grenoble (another 3.5 hours total, including getting luggage back and waiting for the bus).
Friday during the day we hung out with L and explored a little bit of the city. Much to our surprise the temperatures were +14 C, and after leaving our nice -14 weather it felt like mid summer. If only I had thought to bring my sandals with me! Hiking boots are not comfortable when it is that warm.
That evening we went with her to a Folk Dance, which was rather better attended than she expected. Since there were so many dancers in the room it was quite hot, but we had much fun dancing nonetheless. Some of the dances were couples dances, but many were circle dances done in patterns that caused one to switch partners. I really enjoy those sort of dances.
Saturday morning we took the cable car up to the top of the ridge above the city and hiked along the ridge, down the valley, up the next ridge, along it, and then down into another valley, for a total of 15.4 km. I don't know if it is the longest hike I have ever done (I didn't learn about web pages like runkeeper till recently), but it is certainly the longest I have taken in a number of years. It didn't rain on us, much, but it did hail. I put some photos over on Facebook, but I will post a couple here for those who don't do FB.
We reached our B&B just after 19:00 (luckily, we made it down to the road before full dark) and enjoyed a relaxing evening.
The next day we did a much shorter 5.9 km loop around the valley
Then we took a cab back to the city.
Sunday evening they went to a contact improv jam session, but I stayed at her apartment and relaxed and unpacked from the hike and organized stuff.
Monday was more hanging out and exploring the city and cooking yummy food
Tuesday we flew home.
This week has been full on with trips to collect samples and attending the thesis defence of one of my friends.
This weekend I should write up a handout to go with the class I will be teaching at an SCA event next weekend (we will be making wax tablets) and work on the grant application I failed to touch all week (because I forgot it existed while I was on holiday, and didn't remember till this evening).