Logbook from Åre: Audi S5 Test Drive

(WARNING! It was for me to remember about what had happened and not much about giving travel information)

I had a holiday from my holiday which meant ‘no ski’ today. You might not be able to imagine how good it felt. It meant no stress to go down from the cabin on ski, no tired legs and no pains from ski boots.

My daily weather report from our balcony

My daily weather report from our balcony

It’s low tempo in the morning, had breakfast and relaxed in the sofa. I couldn’t sit still so long, so I started to look around and did my photography activity.

Windows with a view

Windows with a view

A figure of a cool boy on snowboard

A figure of a cool boy on snowboard

A lovely figure of a girl on skis (oops! she's lost one stick)

A lovely figure of a girl on skis

We’re going to the center of Åre, picked Audi S5, drove to Åre lake and did some tests on ABS and the tracking control system on ice. At the end of the test drive, they let us drive without those intelligent systems, still on ice.

Test drive track

Test drive track

Before that, we had half an hour to enjoy the city in daytime. It’s a nice, blue-sky day. It’s mild weather to walk in town (I mean, it’s still around zero but it was warmer than the day before, no wind and sunny).

In Åre town

In Åre town

Sport Hotel in the town of Åre

Sport Hotel in the town of Åre

Then, we drove! Not a perfect day for driving though, the track was wet.


Logbook from Åre: ski day 2

(WARNING! It was for me to remember about what had happened and not much about giving travel information)

JJ started his day with removing snow and fixing our walkway. Snow came back today, I wondered if we could go skiing but it seemed lots of people were on their way already. It’s probably similar to, while you’re on earth, why you will be afraid of rain. Yah!!! that’s rain but this is snow, it’s bloody cold, you know.

First thing I saw when opening the door

First thing I saw when opening the door

Next door

Next door

I still worked on my progress on basic skiing techniques but on longer, wider and steeper slopes. Vargbacken fits my level of skiing well, but then JJ tempted me to went to Björnbacken and that’s when the new challenge began.

Vargbacken on a snowy day

Vargbacken on a snowy day

Well, it was a failure on Björnbacken, 4-time falls but no injury. It’s quite steep (too steep for me) with high snow powder which required other techniques. My speed increased on each turn until it went out of control and I fell or forced myself to fall. However, I managed to get down or it’s more like I had to cause I wouldn’t let such an insecure feeling stay with me so long. Once I was down, I knew we’d meet again soon. I’d decided to finish it before I left Åre (even though I was unsure I could).

Down from Björnbacken

Down from Björnbacken

We’re a lazy couple, so after few hours of skiing, we just got ourselves a table and energy food at the same restaurant. We weren’t disappointed and few days later, JJ went back to order hamburger again because of the juicy hamburger meat.

Pasta with smoked moose, parmesan cheese, parsley and champion at Carins Korg

Pasta with smoked moose, parmesan cheese, parsley and champion at Carins Korg

Carins hamburger

Carins hamburger

When we came back JJ started his rutin by removing snow and fixing the walkway!

Last thing I saw before the door was closed

Last thing I saw before the door was closed

I didn’t exercise regularly lately, so going skiing 4-5 hours a day every day was on the way too much. At the end of the day, it had depleted my energy but tomorrow I had a holiday (from ski) :D. We’re going to do a test drive of Audi S5 quattro on the lake!

Recover your posts

Thanks to the revision feature from WordPress, I got my post back. I don’t really know what happened to one of the posts from Åre. For some reasons, the intended version was replaced with a very draft version.

My feeling is the draft version was posted from one of my mobile devices before contents in the device got updated correctly. It could be a human error or a software error, I still have no idea.

Then, I searched for supports on WordPress (http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/) with keywords, recover a post. I got results about revisions back. Post revisions is exactly what I looked for (http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-revisions/#restoring-revisions).

Now, you might not know that each post you write, WordPress will store the last 25 revisions on its servers. A new revision is created when you click Save Draft or Update.

To be able to see those revisions, you click to edit the post you want its revisions, then you will see a list of revisions. If you don’t, then you have to activate the revision module on the Screen Options tab.

This feature has saved me today, I could rewrite the post but it’ll be different. So, thank you so much for this wonderful feature. It’s saved my day!

Logbook from Åre: ski day 1

An exciting part of the trip was uncertainty of the weather esp. in mountain areas. We were able to rely on the hour-by-hour forecast, still it could be illusive sometimes.

We didn’t expect to do much today when we woke up, it might not be possible to ski. Then, the weather totally changed and it was the first time I could see the whole, long mountain range, from the top to its foot, which lied along Åre lake.

From the restroom

From the restroom

Golden Årekutan

From the balcony

The key keeper

The key keeper who was deeply buried under snow yesterday

Hard work before skiing

Hard work before skiing, JJ made a very nice pathway with leveled steps for us and the neighbors.

Panorama from Åre Björnen

Panorama from a sidewalk on Åre Björnen

After the first turn on the road from our cabin, my degree of happiness just went up to its peak, I got excited with the landscape and nature in front of my eyes and it really made me want to ski!

Cheese!

Cheese!

On the way to ski lifts

If it was like this, I could go skiing every day!

Picked up our ski equipment

Picked up our ski equipment

After few hours of skiing, it’s time to feed ourselves and JJ was rewarded with good beer for being a patient ski teacher ^^.

Eating at Carins Korg was double expensive as eating in regular restaurants but there were not so many choices. After tasting the first bite, there was a reason that it could put those prices. Food there were really, really good. Wallenbergare was juicy and had crispy exterior and fantastic presentation. However, Gulaschsoppa was nothing special.

Wallenbergare at Carins Korg

Wallenbergare at Carins Korg

Gulaschsoppa at Carins Korg

Gulaschsoppa at Carins Korg

First lesson on Nallebacken :D

First lesson on Nallebacken 😀


Someone still worked

Someone still worked to deliver a master piece.


That’s all for today.

Logbook from Åre: Stockholm – Åre

This Swedish winter, JJ and I planned for a ski vacation in Åre, one of the most popular ski resorts in Sweden. I skied first time during the Christmas holiday in Åre last year and was on ski about 3 hours. JJ is a very positive person, he has a dream that we will go ski together from the top of Åre one day ^^.

We booked the trip in January, shortly after we came back from Åre, two return train tickets and a cabin on Åre Björnen were paid. We had quite large space for ourselves as the cabin was for 6 persons, one of the rooms was not used at all.

It’s one of the most memorable and extreme trip for me because of JJ and the weather, respectively.

2 Mar 2013, train from Stockholm C 07.59 – Åre 15.08, tåg 82, vagn 5, plats 52

Leaving Stockholm

Leaving Stockholm

Happy travelers!

Happy travelers!

When passing Ockelbo

When passing Ockelbo

The forecast said it's gonna be a storm, at Hudiksvall.

The forecast said it’s gonna be a storm, at Hudiksvall.

Ånge station, it was sunny.

Ånge station, it was sunny.

Snowed and windy, perhaps the forecast was right! @Östersund Centralstation.

Snowed and windy, perhaps the forecast was right! @Östersund Centralstation.

Arrived in Åre

Arrived in Åre

An adventure just began after we’d arrived in Åre. We found that JJ lost his lift card, which led to a change of our traveling plan to the cabin. JJ went to buy some food for next day and called taxi but the answer was there wouldn’t be any taxi for an hour! We didn’t know what was waiting for us when we spent an hour to figure out how to get to the cabin.

We walked from Åre station to Kabinbanan station, found a taxi and an answer that there was a bus accident which blocked the traffic up to and down from Åre Björnen. It started to get cold, we went inside and a girl said, “we are closing in 1 minute”. Now cold and hungry!!! Good we had homemade Swedish meatballs which we planned to sell if we stuck in the storm and others needed food, eiei!!!

Keep walking

Keep walking

Perhaps there is hope at another end of the tunnel

Perhaps there is hope at another end of the tunnel

No. Our commerce didn’t work out but it saved us from starving in the coldness 😛 Then, the bus came but before we arrived at Björnbacken, the storm was already there but it’s just the beginning. It got stronger and stronger, the forecast said it’d be 30m/s wind speed and had a warning level 2 (of 3). The visibility was really bad, I couldn’t see people’s footprints who just 5 meters in front of me. Soon, it was hardly any walking trails left either.

At the last turn from the road to the cabin (which at that time, we didn’t know where it was), we couldn’t even see our cabin, in fact, it just lied next to the big house in front of us. It seemed all houses and lights had disappeared in the storm. Cold, dark, windy and snowy. Strange enough, I thought it was fun.

Now, we’re standing in front of the front door to our cabin, JJ’s gone to find a key, which we were told hints where it’s hidden. He came back and said, “I couldn’t find the key”. And I was like, WHAT!!! In the end, we found it, it was where it’s told, but the hints didn’t say that it’s gonna be a feet under snow.

Now I felt safe and warm, we liked the cabin, it was homey and I started to observe the storm outside.

Arrived safely at the cabin

Arrived safely at the cabin

Shoes also needed special care :)

Shoes also needed special care 🙂

Good night!

Good night!


P.S. Thanks JJ for pictures on the train ❤

A portrayal of the orchidaceae

These photos were taken last week after we got two new pots of orchids, one from AMJ and one from our friends, Mod and Di. Now we don’t have places left for more orchids or any flowers at the windows in the living room (but I still want more).

To me, when I placed them one after one at the windows to take photos, it was as if they were gorgeous models, each of which had its delightful characters and liked to pose in front of my camera.

The settings were simple, I shot with available light from the large windows in the living room which made my subject backlit. Then, I tried with different light metering to get exposures I preferred. After trying different shots, I liked when it’s overexposed on the background and  had a correct exposure on the orchids. With that I didn’t lose a glassy look of the glass pots and blurred the background at the same time. I also edited the photos by adding a vignette effect, so it emphasized the illumination from the backlighting.

Orchids

A diverse orchids at the windows

The Beach

This is part 2 out of 4 from our trip in Krabi, Thailand. Almost all of the photos were taken in the morning between 6-7 A.M. when the tide was low, except the one with a couple walking on the beach, it was in the evening.

I got attracted to the morning moment, after the sun has just risen. It gives a new shade to the sky and soon its heat also removes white clouds from the sky.

Waiting for a new journey

Waiting for a new journey

Tranquility

Tranquility

Good morning, Thailand!

Good morning, Thailand!

Hope

Hope

A beautiful morning at the sea

A beautiful morning at the sea

A promenade on the beach at a sunset

A promenade on the beach at a sunset