Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday randoms

Happy Monday to all!  Starting off the week with just a random post of things going on:

Saturday we went to an engagement party for Meghan and David, so fun to celebrate the couple and hang out with friends!  



For Lent this year I'm not giving up anything, but I decided to take something on - I'm spending at least 30 minutes a day reading (or listening) to Christian literature (podcasts, sermons, books).  Loving the positive impact on my day!

We've had some really nice days lately and it's been borderline spring-like weather in Seattle!


Walks after work
 
A little cold, but loving the sunshine

Nick and I have been lucking out with amazing ski days - great snow and blue skies, can't get better than that!

Enjoying the Mt. Rainier view

Gondola to the top of Crystal Mountain

Bright blue skies!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Europe 2012 day 1: Zurich

Time to go back into the archives and finally blog about our European adventure in September of 2012!  First stop - Zurich, Switzerland (Sept. 4, 2012)!



We had an easy flight from Seattle to Atlanta to Zurich and arrived in the morning in the lovely city of Zurich. Did a quick passport control in Zurich, we did carry on bags only (oh yeah, light packing) so we headed into the city and found our hotel pretty easily.


We dropped off bags, headed out to grab lunch and then spent the afternoon doing the Rick Steves walking tour of Zurich. 

city viewpoint



Grossm√ľnster 

Fraum√ľnster

our self-guided Rick Steves walk

Zurich isn't a huge city so it was a nice first stop for a laid back day while were still adjusting from the 15+ hour journey   We did see some nice sights though and got Luxemburgerli macarons at Sprungli confectionery shop. I love macarons and I really want to learn how to make them - I could eat a whole basket!


I'll have one of every flavor, please
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Zurich is much smaller and calmer than we thought it would be. We expected a bustling city on a river but it's very calm. It's was not very densely packed with people. We did see lots of fancy cars, Ferraris and Maseratis among them.



Since we were on a 9-hour time difference we got pretty tired early, did a casual dinner and of course ended the night with some Swiss Chocolate!



A great first day start to the trip!  Next stop: Lucerne, Switzerland!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Whistler Weekend: Other fun things

As I said in my last post, the main event at Whistler is the great skiing but there is tons of other stuff to do as well!  I grew up doing Whistler trips with my family, but this was the first time I had been in 9 years and I forgot how much fun the village is.

hanging out at the Olympic rings in the Whistler Village
 


We stayed in the main Whistler village and a short walk brings you to your first gondola for skiing.  Tons of great stores, restaurants and bars in the village too.  Nick and I spent one afternoon just walking around the village.



And then returned to the Olympic Rings with the whole group before dinner


Our whole group of 10
Besides skiing one of the most fun things we did though was hit up the Whistler Blackcomb Tube Park!  A moving carpet takes you to the top where you have your choice of runs to do.  You can go down as a single, or in a group and there are workers at the top to push you and spin your tube if you want! Lots of laughing and screaming as I went down!

Taking the gondola up to the tube park
Riding the moving magic carpet up

Ready....
Set....
There I go!



On our last day before heading out of town we checked out the Whistler Sliding Center - the Olympic venue for the luge, bobsleigh and skeleton.  The day before we were there the USA team was there practicing  but sadly they weren't there when we arrived.  Still fun to see the venue though.



The sheet of ice they race on - scary!

Brittney and I playing in the snow

Whistler - we absolutely love you and will be back soon!  Maybe in the summer?!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Whistler Weekend: Skiing

When we went up to Whistler last weekend - our main activity was skiing of course!  It is the largest ski resort in North America and hosted part of the 2012 Winter Olympics.

Olympic Rings
Christine and me - top of the world!

The girls



There are two separate mountains at the resort and you get from each mountain via the Peak 2 Peak gondola - quite an experience and not for people scared of heights!  It holds world records for the longest free span between ropeway towers - 1.88 miles and highest point above the ground - 1,430 feet.


Going from Whistler Peak to Blackcomb Peak

Looking down - 1,430 feet up!

 We booked this trip with friends back in September when we had no idea what the conditions would be. Besides a few cloudy spots, we lucked out with great skiing weather, lots of fresh snow and we even had a very light snow coming down during the day!  A fantastic day on the slopes!




End of the day - we conquered the mountain! 
8,170 acres - yeah, it's big!


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