Many summers ago I travelled to Les Deux Alps for a ski training trip. Thanks to the glacier at high altitude, skiing was still possible — even in July! I really fell in love with France while I was here, and I consider the French Alps a large reason of why I wanted to spend a semester in France.
Since Colorado is having an abnormally dry start to winter, ski resorts have been pushing back opening days and Beaver Creek Resort had to cancel their annual World Cup ski race. The previous two winters (when I’ve been going school in Colorado), I have attending this World Cup race. It’s very exciting for me, but clearly not most of America, because the attendance of this World Cup race is roughly that of a popular high school football game. Alpine Ski Racing is so much more popular in Europe making world cup races much more fun and exciting to watch.
The cancelled race in Colorado was moved to Val D’isére, in the French Alps!!! It was like they were moving this race to accommodate me! I took this as a sign that I needed to go! Even though Val D’isére is a ski resort in the French Alps, it wasn't exactly easy to get to. I logged some quality time on the train to get there, but it was beyond worth it. The American skiers did not do all that well but the French crowd was really fired up, especially after the French team put on such a great show after the first run. Four of the fastest five skiers were French that day, and it was incredible to witness that on French snow!
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My name is Lee Foden and I am a journalism student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Born in Maine, I love the ocean and am looking forward to spending my time by the Mediterranean next semester! I am taking a break from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and headed to the rocky beaches of Nice, France. Follow my blog to stay up to date with all of my European adventures!
I never thought I was “good at languages.” I took Spanish classes for four years and liked it, but never felt confident speaking. My parents stopped attempting to teach me Hebrew when I was little because I was stubborn.
Mari Mari means "hello" in Mapuzungun, and Mapuzungun, the Mapuche language, means "the language of the earth." Che means "people," and kaflu is "blue." Mapuches, meaning "the people of the earth," said if we learn Spanish while we are in Argentina, we need to learn Mapuzungun while in Bariloche.
Here I am, terrified, 3 days away from my travel to an entirely new world (or so it seems to little old me). For most of my life, I’ve been rather stagnant – born in Houston, TX, moved a whopping two hours away to Austin, and remained there for college as well.