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Frank Simon | MPI for Physics | Germany

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Lenggries, Germany on a beatiful winter day in late March.

Lenggries, Germany on a beautiful winter day in late March.

Even scientists need a break from work, all the more so after almost two weeks of conferences and meetings in Tsukuba, Japan. And skiing is one of my favorite pass-times in the winter.

One of the advantages of jetlag from the trip back is that getting up early seems like no big deal on Sunday, after arriving Saturday night. Still, I could not convince my wife to get up at 6 am, so we only went for half a day of skiing in Lenggries instead of a full day trip to one of the bigger areas in Austria. The weather was perfect, with lots of sun and temperatures a few degrees above freezing. Unusually for this time of the year, there is still a lot of snow also in the lower regions of the Alps, doesn’t feel like a lot of global warming right now.

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Me on the slope

Lenggries is a small ski resort southeast of Munich, about one hour from where we live. While this is not my favorite place to go skiing, it is extremely convenient, and definitely good enough for half a day. And of course the location is somewhat secondary when I’m up to something as serious as skiing  😉

It was a great day, and probably the last skiing of the season. It was pleasant to finish the skiing season on a positive note, after a rather scary crash in January, where I broke both of my ski poles and bruised my knee, which kept me from skiing for a whole month on doctors orders. Anyway, you got to get right back on the horse (or the Atomic SL12 Slalom Race Carvers, for that matter) that threw you off, as soon as the doctor lets you…

Even though I really like winter and skiing in particular, now I’m ready for warmer weather. I already had a first glimpse of that in Japan a week ago, and the weather report says spring will arrive in Germany sometime next week… finally!

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