Saturday, 4 February 2012

Snowboarding Looked So Easy on the Wii…

I was Number 2 in the world on a snowboarding game, so how could I be so bad at it in real life?! Turns out it’s a lot easier in the virtual wolrd :-(

I’ve recently just returned from Pamporovo, Bulgaria for my second trip there. I skied for the first time there last year. I had lessons for a week but it was snowboarding I took to straight away. I did a two hour snowboard taster and loved it, so I switched to that this year.

I took beginners snowboarding lessons and boy did I need them! I thought I was quite good at snowboarding after my two hour taster the year before, but turns out I was wrong about that too! I have never fallen so much in my life than I did on my first day of lessons. Good job there was lots of snow to cushion my falls!  

It took my four days just to master how to turn, but once I had that I could start going on the runs. I was very close to giving up on day 3, but glad I persevered. By the end of the week I went on green, blue and red runs so was really pleased. I was also really glad I was able to go down some runs with my fiance Kyle, who skis (boo, hiss!). Although I don’t think he was too pleased as he spent more time waiting for me to get back up from my falls or push me down the slope when it wasn’t steep enough than he did actually skiing.

I really considered doing some black runs and some jumps on the last day, but I think it was a wise decision not to and come back with fully functioning limbs!

Anyway, despite the slow start I had an amazing week and will definitely be sticking to snowboarding!  

The snow went up to my knees

A little difficult to see where you were going..

My favourite photo - I should be a professional!

The sun finally made an appearance

Proof I wasn't on the floor the whole time

My Bucket List


This is my first ever personal blog so be nice! I've wrote loads of blogs at work, but never had the urge to start my own personal blog until now... 

I've heard lots about people's Bucket Lists recently and have just watched 'An Idiot Abroad' so Karl Pilkington has inspired me to write my own. So, here's mine:

Swim with dolphins
Visit every continent
Do a 360 on a snowboard
Sky dive
Start my own business
Run a marathon (and not be overtaken by a 70 year old man!) - I ran a 10 mile run and came about 10th last out of 500 people... true story unfortunately! 
Go to a world cup
Climb a mountain
Ride in a hot air balloon (get engaged on one too!)
Go paragliding
Go hiking in a rainforest
Go on a safari
See the Great Wall of China
Visit at least 30 countries (on 12 at the minute)
Travel round South America
Get a degree - I'll hopefully have this in July, as long as I don't mess up my last semester!

Okay so I've cheated a little bit by putting things that I've already done... but at 22 I'm really lucky to be able to tick off some of these things. 

I'll explain the hot air balloon one (I like telling the story!). I went to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and my boyfriend, Kyle proposed to me on a hot air balloon. Obviously I said yes, if I hadn't I'm sure one of us would have jumped out of the balloon! Later on that day we went to watch Brazil play the Ivory Coast, so yeah not the worst day I've had! 

Just about to get engaged :-)

Not a bad view from the hot air balloon!

One of the big 5 we saw on safari

Here's me throwing myself out of a plane (not sure why the plane looks like it's going to attack us)