Freitag, 7. Dezember 2007

A November review...

First of all I would just like to say I am sorry that I haven't been updating my blog in the last 4 weeks. Things were pretty crazy and to be honest I just wasn't in the mood to write much. But I owe you all an update so here goes ;)

Samstag, 27. Oktober 2007

Snowboard Gear

This morning I went to the Ski Swap at the Dobson Arena in Lionshead and bought myself Snowboard softboots, goggles, a new jacket and pants, as well as a new sweater and some snowboarding socks. I am so happy now, hopefully I will be able to use all that soon! :D

Freitag, 19. Oktober 2007

Work Pictures are the much awaited pictures of me in my beautiful Bavarian Sonnenalp uniform!

1) Me looking goofy
2) Me trying to look normal
3) Me and Danielle (from Brazil)

Donnerstag, 18. Oktober 2007

Just a normal Colorado october day

Waking up this morning I found that the mountains were covered in snow, thick flakes were coming down from the skies and everything felt kind of christmassy (except for the missing decorations of course. But hey, I am German and not used to snow in october!) So here are a few pictures that I took on the way to work this morning at 6:15am....

And now a few pictures from the afternoon (coming home from work)

Mittwoch, 17. Oktober 2007

New stuff!

It has been snowing when i woke up at 8:00 this morning and so far there is no end in sight. It's not the first time this month that it's snowing, but it's the first time that it is so bad that we can't see the mountains from our apartment...Needless to say everybody is really excited about the snow and Paul (one of our night audits) has already been snowboarding at A-Basin. Looks like it's not gonna be long before I will hit the slopes for the first time, too :)

Just gotta get skis now...

On another note, I got new furniture! Jeff's and Melanie's neighbour Jim moved out this week and gave me a couple of things for free. It is nice to actually have furniture in my room now ;) Now all I am still waiting for is the sofa for the living room that the Sonnenalp will hopefully give to me by the end of the month...

Dienstag, 9. Oktober 2007

I am a Front Desk Agent

I have advanced degrees in Accounting, Public Relations, Marketing, Business, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, and Swahili. I can also read minds. Of course I have the reservation that you booked six years ago even though you don't have the confirmation number and you think it was made under a name that starts with "S".

Donnerstag, 4. Oktober 2007

Big Horn Trail

Logan and I went for a little hike with Tasha today. The trees are so was beautiful! The only thing is that the air is getting kind of thin up there (around 9000 ft) so I got out of breath very quickly. But the views were worth it :)

Montag, 1. Oktober 2007


I woke up yesterday to the first snow of the year. But it all melted during the day and in the afternoon it was so warm we walked around in t-shirts....

Samstag, 29. September 2007

Visiting Walmart - The real America

My roommates moved out on wednesday and so there was not much left in the apartment (and especially in the kitchen) when they were gone. I was off on thursday so I took the opportunity to go to Walmart in Eagle-Vail. To get there you have to take a bus which only runs every hour and costs $3. But at least there IS a bus, which I hear isn't very common in most parts of the USA ;)

Anyway, I bought pans, cooking stuff, a spice rack, stuff for the bathroom, a cellphone.... And when I got out of there my bank account was a mere $150 poorer. Only when I was trying to pack all the stuff up I realized that I couldn't fit everything into my backpack. So out I went to the bus stop carrying a heavy backpack and 5 plastic bags. When I got to the bus stop I realized that I had just missed the bus so I had to wait almost an hour for the next one. And since I got bored just sitting there, I took a little picture of the parking lot at Walmart:
Isn't it beautiful? ;) Anyway, hopefully next time I will have some more exciting things to tell. Thanks for reading my babbling ;)

Donnerstag, 20. September 2007

Glenwood Springs

Michelle took Max and me to Glenwood Springs today to apply for our Social Security Card. The drive there was really beautiful and I cursed myself repeatedly for not having taken my camera along. On the I-70 section from Vail to Gypsum we passed lots and lots of golf courses, every little village around here seems to have one! It amazes me how many rich people live in these parts...

The last 18 miles from Gypsum to Glenwood Springs lead directly through Glenwood Canyon. The highway mostly goes along the north side of the Colorado River and through a couple of tunnels (in the Hanging Lake area). The views are spectacular as you are directly in the canyon. I could have driven on like this forever :)

Glenwood Springs is exactly how I imagined a typical Colorado town to be. It isn't very big and the buildings for the most part aren't very tall, but the city is pretty spread out and there are fast food restaurants everywhere you look! It was definitely a lot livelier than Vail ;)

Mittwoch, 19. September 2007

Booth Creek Falls

Yesterday Logan and I went hiking to Booth Falls. From what I heard it is one of the most popular hiking trails in the surroundings of Vail and I can definitely see why! From East Vail it is about a 4 mile round-trip hike to the falls. Most of the trail leads through Aspen forests, meadows and stands of blue spruce and it is really beautiful right now because the trees are starting to turn all red and yellow!

On the way to the falls you also get to pass a few avalanches and after crossing a few creeks and climbing up the last steep bit, you suddenly reach the falls. It is such a relief to stand on top of the rocks and watch the water cascade down about 80 feet! Here are a couple of pictures from the hike (i didnt get to take one of the falls themselves, i was so stunned i didn't even think about getting my camera out).

Sonntag, 9. September 2007

Quesadillas, Dirndls & Golf

I had thursday and friday off and so my original plan was to go up the mountains and hike a little. However, I ended up not doing it. Instead Verena and I had two very relaxing days which we spent mostly wandering through Vail, drinking Starbucks coffee and going shopping. Well, not really shopping, because I don't have any money yet, but rather looking at stuff i'd love to have... So if anyone has a spare pair of skis or a snowboard - send it my way! ;)

On friday night Verena, Max and I went to a restaurant in Edwards, where I had the best Quesadillas of my life! (It probably helped that all the kitchen staff were Mexican).

Right now there is the Oktoberfest in Lionshead (the village right next to Vail). However, we decided to wait until next week when it's in Vail and we'll show up in Dirndls (my roommate has some). I will keep you updated on this because for now I really can't imagine myself wearing a Dirndl. But we'll see....

On monday I will be having the morning shift so I will be able to take advantage of some free golf lessons at the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Edwards in the afternoon. I am really excited, I've never played golf before! 

Donnerstag, 6. September 2007

Vail, Colorado - Week 1

I've been in Vail for just over a week now and so far I'm loving it, although things have been pretty hectic.

I arrived at Denver Intl. Airport on tuesday night and took a shuttle bus to Vail, which Michelle (the HR Assistant Manager at the Sonnenalp) had booked for me. The plane got into Denver early and I got my baggage pretty quickly too so I was able to take an earlier shuttle bus. The scenery on the way from Denver to Vail is amazing. It starts off being very flat and one really wouldn't believe that the Rockies are so close. But then after about 30 mins you drive directly through the mountains and it's such a great sight! I wish I would have taken pictures on the way in. But I'm sure I'll be taking that way a few more times, so the opportunity will most likely present itself at some point...For a start, here's a Vail picture I took from the terrace of our apartment complex.

Sonntag, 7. Januar 2007

My Life in Toronto

I lived in a shared apartment in an area called “Malta Village” in Toronto’s west end,
close to High Park and Roncesvalles. What I liked most about my area were the
many second hand book shops and little restaurants and cafés. In summer, High
Park was a great escape from the noise of the city.