It took some time but I made it to Saas-Fee! From Malta I flew into Milan, and spent the night there at this lovely airbnb. I had basically seven hours to sightsee, and I visited the Duomo which is this awesome cathedral right in Milan. Well, I visited the outside of the Duomo. It was too much money to go inside for the little time that I had, but the outside was nice. I also did a little bit of shopping and bought a rad red bikini for 3 Euro. Score! The next morning I took a bus to the train, a train to another train, and that train to another bus before finally arriving in Saas-Fee. It was a rough journey to make with all my luggage but I managed to make it without falling apart.
This little town of Saas Fee is so beautiful. It's like something straight out of a fairy tale. I wish I was a better photographer so I could've truely captured it's beauty. I still can't believe my eyes when I walk around town. Flowers hang out of every window seal, friendly cats wander the streets, and the doughy scent of fresh baked bread wafts from each corner.
I moved into the empty bedroom of a friend's friend for the first ten days of my trip, which was nice because I made friends with her roommates and had some people who could show me around. Getting on snow at Saas-Fee was awesome because it had been a couple months since I had last ridden. Being on a board after so long without it is such a good feeling! I ran into a bunch of people I knew at the mountain because the US Rookie Team, and the Mammoth Team were having a camp. That's the crazy thing about snowboarding- no matter where you go in the world it's highly likely you'll see familiar faces. Snowboarding is a small community in this big world.
We had a few weather days where the mountain was closed so that was a bummer, but it was a good chance to explore the town with friends, and let my legs rest from the T-bar. I've never ridden a mountain that just has a T-Bar before and I'm not going to lie- it took a while to get used to. The first time I tried riding it I definitely embarrassed myself.
My real birthday took place on September 20th, and along with moving into my own studio condo, I had a small gathering. My friends Boris, Yannick, and new friend Joffrey came over and we had some champagne and dessert. It was a pretty quiet night, but definitely a good time. One of the happiest birthdays I've had in a while.
I'm on to a new year in my life, and can't wait for the coming adventures to unfold!