Sonntag, 8. März 2015

Winter fun

Last Friday 16 of my amazing colleagues and I left the office early to travel to the Bavarian Forest. It is an area close to the Czech border and a popular holiday spot for families.
After the arrival in Bodenmais we started our hike to the Chamer Hütte, a mountain hut, managed by the local ski club.
It was a very steep climb and although I had left the kitchen sink at home I had problems lugging my day tour rucksack up the mountain. My boss, who you might remember from handing over his dessert at the xmas party,   came up trumps again and took it off me. Otherwise I wouldn't have managed the ascent.
The scenery was breathtaking, even though it was foggy and the forest dark and mysterious.

After about two hours we arrived exhausted and happy and sorted out the quarters. 

And then came refreshments...

Roast pork and dumplings

We had the most amazing evening in the cosy restaurant area of the hut. Eating, drinking, chatting and even singing. There were instruments available at the hut and one of my colleagues entertained us with one popular song after the other. And yes, due to the readily available hard liquor, I did have a go at yodelling! I'm very afraid of compromising videos being safed on the departments server!

After a restless night we woke up to a clear and sunny morning. We had a basic but filling breakfast,  kitted up and went outside.

And now came the biggest surprise of the trip, we were to take wooden sledges to get down into the valley! As I had seen the steep piste on the way up I was a bit afraid and decided to go last, where I could take my time.
The moment my bum touched the seat however, all of this was forgotten, I transformed into a right terror of the slopes and shot of at high speed, shreeking with delight, forcing my colleagues to dive for safety. Luckily no one was hurt as we raced through the white landscape, the sun glittering on the snow like diamonds.
It was over far to quickly! On the way out of town we stocked up on the local schnapps and headed back towards Munich, chatting happily.