We are packed, and ready to GO! Today is the day our 5-month Fernie Adventure officially starts today. Hopefully the flight with the kids will not be too painful, and the adjustment to the new time zone easy. But no matter what happens we will aim to have as much fun as possible.
I am really looking forward to spending time as a member of a community in another country. I am sure it will take some adjustment and that simple things we take for granted now at home will be challenged and we will need to adapt on the go.
It is also going to be awesome to see the inner workings of a ski town, our longest ski trip before this was three weeks. But even then we wanted to minimise the time spent doing anything except skiing. This time we will get to see what happens in Fernie from opening day (1 Dec) till the last day of the season (somewhere between mid to end April).
This will be the longest any of us have been outside SA, our first time with a fulltime nanny, and many other first along the way. By the time we are back, the next season of Super Rugby will be past the half way mark, and hopefully the BULLS will be on top of the log! We will make sure we follow every game online, as I have no clue if we would be able to get it on TV.
I have not been this fit since my first year at university, and even then I don’t think I would have been able to do 80km on a mountain bike. I have lost about 15kg in the last three months so I think it is safe to say, this is the best shape I have ever been in for a skiing trip! This all means the skiing will be: (in the words of Barney Stinson)
Legen……..wait for it……dary!!
If all goes according to plan we will both be qualified ski instructors by the end of the season, which could mean we have even more reason to spend more time on the snow in the future. We might even get paid to do it!
The De Jager family will visit us not long after we arrive, but with Jano skiing ability I might learn more from him than the instructors course! Or maybe not, he assures me (after skiing for 5 days) that he is the king of the snow…. It is going to be great to have them there for 3 weeks!
When we land back in SA, I will hopefully also be able to code. And have a long list of ideas as to what to do next!
Next stop OR Tambo, Frankfurt, Calgary before eventually getting to Fernie in about 25 hours time. The memories will make it all worth it. Today is the day we will hopefully remember for a long time!