Continuing from where I left last week..
So yeah, we got to Aviemore at about 4 something pm. Went straight to the guesthouse that we were booked in, Ravenscraig's Guest House and was super impressed that I never wanted to leave already! This place has amazing reviews on Trip Advisor, and man I tell you there is not a single doubt why.
The living room
Tsara's and Kak Ina's
We actually booked the whole house for £75 per night. The master bedroom, that's ours, ahems, has got an ensuite bathroom. There is, however, another common bathroom that is soo big that we kinda envy them bahahah. The kitchen comes complete with a washing machine and cooking utensils including pots and pans and all the spatulas that chances of being starved was very remote. Well provided you have the food to cook la. There's also a groceries store in walking distance that you can go and buy supplies from.
I can go on and on about how much I love the place but that's not the main point, so I'm going to stop here. But any chance you want to go to Aviemore I can wholeheartedly recommend this place!
We spent the night of arrival just having dinner and chilling out, really. Tsara and I made pasta with creamy mushroom sauce which was essentially just the mushroom soup coming out of cans lol. But nevermind, a good dinner it still was.
The next morning we made our way to Cairngorm mountain for our first snowboarding ever! Well not for Kak Ina since she has done it quite a number of times when she was in Japan. Took a taxi cause buses were infrequent on Sundays.
Again I can explain in details what happened during the snowboarding lesson but to spare the agony of reading my nonsense rambling, I shall go straight to the point.
I suck at any sports involving balancing and maintaining posture.
I tried ice skating once at Sunway Pyramid and failed miserably at it. Kept falling down with very little success of standing back up again. I have no memories of owning a pair of rollerblades when I was young. And I'm the only one among my siblings who can't swim. Heck, even my mom can swim! Not exactly sure what swimming has to do with ice skating and rollerblades but I'm pretty sure there's some element of balancing yourself just so that you don't sink, so I thought I might as well say it.
With the above points mentioned, naturally I would suck at snowboarding. It didn't help that I took my first fall rather awkwardly i.e. not landing on my bums bums but rather on my coccyx or for you non medical people, the tailbone.
And man it hurt like nothing else. Take my advice, you don't want to fall on your tailbone. Ever. Ever.
But anyways, the day went pretty rough as I tried to ignore the pain while doing things the instructor asked us to. And naturally I struggled with my balance and was soooo scared of falling again that I tried not to fall backward, and landed on my hands forward instead - which was again, very dangerous.
Lesson learnt. Learn how to take a fall first. Fall down correctly. (If there is a right way to fall, that is.)
At the end of the day I finally got the hang of snowboarding, which to be honest felt pretty amazing, really. And that was that. The second day we went snowboarding on our own when this time I could eventually steer my way through people and not just snowboard blindingly and fall when I became panic. Bahahah. So yeah there goes the success story of my first snowboarding.
And now the pictures.
It was Tsara's first experience with a lot of snow so at the end of the day she was just sitting there making little snowman hahaha!
Sexiness redefined. Ahhh.
This was taken on second day when we managed to figure out on how to take the 'lift' uphill lol.
The view from the funicular ie the train we took from base to the top of the mountain.
Not quite in the mood of writing hence the very brief accounts.
And my coccyx still hurts. Not kidding.
But still, I highly strongly very enthusiastically lol suggest to try snowboarding, at least once in your life! It might mean risking your coccyx lol, but eventually it's super worth it. And just for the record, apparently tailbone/coccyx injuries are very common in skiing or skating (snowboarding included).
Actually Tsara had the same injury (injury, haha) on second day which put her off almost immediately, and all she said to me was,
"Finally I get what you mean by your coccyx hurting. It hurt sooo bad. Honestly I don't even know how you managed to last the whole day when you first fell."
Have to warn you because it really does hurt! I guess by now you already get the message of this entry - part of snowboarding is about the art of falling down.