Skiing!!

Last week had been such a fun week. I signed up for the winter skiing course and went to Poc ped Snezkou with some friends, along with a whole busload of Czech students. The place is 3 hours from Prague by bus, and the town is cradled on all sides by the mountain ranges bordering Poland called Krokonose or Giant Mountains. They’re no Alps, but the feeling is definitely there. Think white mountain slopes and evergreen fir trees. Yeap.

We rented the ski equipment, which consisted of a pair of boots, skis and sticks. I tried on the skis for the first time in my life. I had no idea the ski boots are so freakin’ heavy. First day of learning was kinda awful, as we kept slipping and falling. The feeling is hard to describe – it feels like slipping on ice and you will panic when you are moving and you cannot stop it. I fell down countless times, and almost gave up and thought that I am just not cut out for skiing – luckily I just held on and pushed forwards. The teacher was really nice and patient with us as well.

The next day was a bit better as we learned to control speed and how to stop. We also learned how to change direction and turn. So after we have mastered the basic navigational skills, it was time to go to the beginner’s slope. In retrospect, that place was really easy. It was really fun to go down the slope with the rushing icy wind in your face. We even tried some crazy stuff like skiing down in pairs while holding hands, synchronizing in groups, and the ‘caterpillar’ thing (which I did not try because it looks funny).

We  also went to another slope which was slightly longer and steeper. It was an adrenaline-filled experience, trying not to fall and maintain balance while speeding downhill. Really unforgettable experience. On the last day, some of the people went with the advanced Czech students to the ‘proper’ slopes – the main slopes which are graded according to their level of steepness and difficulty. I did not go because I forgot to bring my insurance card and I did not want to risk it. The slopes looked really steep and dangerous for us beginners. Yet, from the accounts of my friends who went there and “survived”, they said the experience was amazing. Now I kinda regret for not joining them. Maybe next time I will attempt the REAL slopes and show off to people that I can ski.

In short, it was a really worthwhile experience. Maybe next year I will go again, if I have the time.

Ta-daa! New theme installed

I was very free today, so figured that I should change my blog theme (again). Anyway, theme is the term WordPress uses, it is the same as what they call “template” or “layout” in other vastly overrated and limited blog platforms.

I figured I should build up my blog profile and increase its PR. Adding my blog to directories and building backlinks like crazy. I know this will probably make a lot of people go ‘Huh?” lol I doubt many people understand SEO lingo anyway, unless they are actively involved in blogging as a side-income. Hopefully my effort pays off in terms of PR increase and potential revenue. More on that later, if I succeed. I might even write a simple PDF guide and give it out for free to anyone who wants to dabble in this.

Went out to settle some insurance stuff today – but alas, VZP’s computer system is down. At first I thought we needed a separate sports insurance to cover our injuries (God willing there will not be any) during the skiing course. Then we went to the bank and asked whether they provide the insurance. Thank God the officer told me we do not have to buy another coverage since our current one is enough.

Well.. that’s about it for today. Just another uneventful day I guess.

February Update

Phew it has been such a long time since I last updated my blog! Nothing much to say anyway. Life is still the same. CNY came and went, we had a somewhat celebratory CNY’s eve dinner here in Prague. I kinda missed home and friends though. Wished I could be there too.

I passed my Genetics final exam, thank God. I had 3 weeks of holiday and rest, but time passed just like that. Two weeks have gone by. Next week I am going to the mountains for a beginner’s skiing course. Looking forward to it. I bought the jacket, ski pants, goggles and gloves. Gonna rent the ski equipment there. Kinda excited. Hope I will come back to Prague unscathed though. *fingers crossed*

Winter semester ended just like that. Wonder how is summer semester gonna treat us.

I keep telling myself, “See, winter semester has already ended, summer semester will end as fast as it comes too, fret not, you’ll be home soon.”

Home. It is one of the words in my heart that keeps me going, day by day.