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Photos © Ruud Leeuw

Ski fun

With two friends of work, Claire and Han, we went to the Alps for some ski fun in the snow. For most of us it would be the first time on the slippery white slopes and we tried the skis on in our living room. That is where the fun started!

car trouble
We did not get off to a smooth start: en route we had some trouble with my car's exhaust. But we improvised and got to our destination

Oh my gawd..
Ok, now let's try them on again... hmm, no control at all !!!

Ski fun The weather started out splendidly. Unfortunately, it gradually deteriorated and even started to rain, Elbigenalp (Tyrol) just isn't high enough. Its claim to fame is woodcarving (there is a school for woodcarving here since 1951), not a breeding ground for ski champions.

In spite of the occasional bad weather, we practised enthusiastically and were afforded a competition!

Then disaster struck, as Claire fell and twisted her knee: game over and in considerable pain.

Schloss Neuschwanstein. Two us started suffering from a cold and a third was reduced to a temporary invalid... so we decided to abandon the rain-spoiled skipiste and visit this fairytale castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Bavarian palace on a rugged hill near Hohenschwangau and Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany.
The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner, the King's inspiring muse.
Although public photography of the interior is not permitted, it is the most photographed building in Germany and is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.
Ludwig did not allow visitors to his castles, but after his death in 1886 the castle was opened to the public. Since that time over 50 million people have visited the Neuschwanstein Castle. About 1.3 million people visit annually, with up to 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared in several movies, and was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle at both Disneyland Park and Hong Kong Disneyland. [Wikipedia]

Schloss Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau Castle is a 19th century castle in southern Germany. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria.
It is located in the German village of Schwangau near the town of Füssen, part of the county of Ostallgäu in southwestern Bavaria, Germany, very close to the border with Austria.
Hohenschwangau Castle was built on the remains of the fortress Schwanstein, which was first mentioned in historical records dating from the 12th century. A family of knights was responsible for the construction of the medieval fortress. After the demise of the knights in the 16th century the fortress changed hands several times. The decay of the fortress continued until it finally fell into ruins at the beginning of the 19th century. [Wikipedia, more..]

The weather improved somewhat.

Festive dinner
After our skitrip together, Han en Claire went their seperate ways, we all changed jobs soon after. Both Claire and Han we never saw nor spoke to again. Han Rozema passed away, quite an untimely death for someone who radiated sports and good spirits. During this dinner, on our final night together, the future looked bright and rosy.