Current Location: Stockholm, Sweden
With all the daily skiing, the week just flew right by and by the time I saw another group of people arriving at Åre, it was already time fro me to leave. I spent my last night in Åre walking around town and buying momentos (I left with a lapel pin and a magnet). If it were possible, I would have definitely been up for staying a few more days to get in a bit more skiing and a lot more exploring around town.
Now that my short week of lessons are over, I finally see the fun and exciting part of skiing (especially now that I don't fall ... as much). I still can't believe that in four days I built up enough confidence to actually tackle different blue slopes! I've definitely got a running plan to come back for Week 9 (hopefully next year and at a different skiing area). What's even more exciting is that I'm actually planning on buying my own ski gear this summer! I've already checked out some equipment from Evo Gear (http://www.evogear.com if somehow you stumble on ths and are looking for skiing equipment ... although I think they only ship to the US) and I can't wait to hopefully buy them this summer.
The train back to Stockholm did not have as much of a hectic start as catching the train to Åre (there was still running but it wasn't as desperate). We arrived at CityTerminalen at 03:30 but never left the train until around 08:00 as our car was disconnected and left in the station while the rest of the train continued along its path (I was pretty much blown away by this concept since I've never been on a train that did that).
Despite not knowing the language, I can definitely tell that I've walked back into city life as the people passing seemed to be moving at a faster pace and carried a bit heavier cloud of stress than those (including myself) who were in Åre.
I can now finally feel the effects of my skiing and it's rather strange for me. I honestly expected that I would be completely sore after each day but that didn't happen. Instead, now that I'm not skiing on a daily basis, that's when I can feel the pressure and the phantom ski boot syndrome where I feel as though I'm still wearing ski boots (it feels the strongest when I keep my legs in certain skiing positions). Even though this is happening, I wouldn't want it any other way because it's a reminder of my accomplishment this week. It's a reminder of how I learned something brand new. But most importantly, it's a reminder that it will be something that I will continue to do in the future.