Last week I posted about my first few days in Bad Hof Gastein, Austria and my hilarious snowboard lessons.
I have to say, snowboarding is the most inspiring sport I have ever done. Before, I could never understand who in his/her right mind would pay a shitload of money to go up a mountain? And with the risk of one’s life, go down on a tiny plank? But then I hadn’t realized yet that I’m not at my right mind. And now, I’m telling you that it is an experience I believe everyone should experience at least once a lifetime. There is no experience like spending a shitload of money to go all the way up a mountain on a wobbly ski lift cube surrounded by nothing than pure beauty while being (fear of height), that teaches you about your own bravery.
There is something about facing your biggest fear on the edge of a mountain (and shitting your pants) knowing that you must go down that edge. Go down towards the fear of death on a little plank. All to get control of the plank and for the brief moment that it goes well… You feel Amazing!! That something teaches you about your own courage. At least that’s what I got from it
And even though you fall, you learn about your own determination and the strength hidden in you that gets you to get back up to a feel that brief moment of amazingness. It shows you that you can conquer your fear while having fun (or being drunk, Austrian style). This makes snowboarding or extreme sport a sport in which I believe everyone should at least try it once. It’s cheaper than therapy. On that note, I invited my friend Mo, better known as Mo’ho or as I call him ho’Mo to come to Austria to share this amazing experience with me.
And there he was the fabulous ho’Mo, who due to the alcoholic conditions in Bad HofGastein had to change his name into trror’Mo. Waking up the town with his insanely loud burps, getting drunk with strangers and laughing our asses off in the Crystal spa/sauna Alpentherme. We also visited Bad Gastein a town 7.6 kilometres further. It was all well and fine until trror’Mo stepped out of line when he threw a bottle of water toward J and V. He had to admit what he did was El loco. It left the rest of the trip awkward.
However, I did teach him to snowboard and I was really surprises at how fast he got it and how fearless he was on the track. After the incident, he didn’t snowboard any more, also due to his Harry Potter onesie that didn’t give a lot of protection. Yeah Globally Ghetto.
Last day Snowboarding
On my last day of snowboarding, I decided to go with my bf and his friend to this track they were boosting about. One with deep snow, not a lot of people and a perfect place to learn tricks. I couldn’t help this overwhelming feeling that something was going to happen as we approached the ski lift. As soon as we got into the lift and the lift started the moving in stopped and we were asked to step out of the cube. As soon as he asked us for our ski pass I knew I was funked.
I had used V’s ski pass and that was strictly against the rules. I couldn’t pay 50 euro something to go on a top of a mountain everyday. Luckily J’s friend was a nativ. He could talk us out of a 5.000 euro fine and a ban of the mountain for EVAAH!! They let us pass and out of cautions and we decided that it was best if I didn’t go all the way up the new track. I would wait for them in the mountain restaurant.
After a half-hour I got extremely bored and decided to meet them halfway the mountain. They wouldn’t have to stop at the restaurant. As confident as I had become of my own awesomeness, I took my board. And I went down, for what felt like an half hour before J called me to ask where I was. Almost there, I said, just give me ten minutes. It took me 20 minutes of self-doubt in my sense of direction before I realized. I was heading towards another town, I was heading towards Angertal, 5.7 kilometres further from the destination.
The trip to Austria was Amazing, inspiring and mind-blowing! I made a lot of pictures and I will be posting these pictures in my portfolio. Subscribe to get the latest update in your mail.