This year I am spending the holiday season alone, for the first time in my life. Although I could have had other options, I didn’t feel like making an effort to simply not be alone. In fact, when everyone else is celebrating and catching up with family and friends, it isn’t a bad idea at all to take it as an opportunity to reflect and just relax.
Alongside I have come up with four rules for this two-week vacation. The first one slightly changes the way I eat; the second one limits my usage of online social networks (for me it mainly means instagram, and by ‘limit’ I mean none at all); the third tells me to go to bed before midnight, as I usually do, but you know how easy it is to let good habits slip away in a vacation; the last rule makes sure I keep on running.
So far it has been going well, and before I realized, it was already the end of the year. It didn’t take me long to decide that I would spend the first day of 2016 in the Alps – one of my favorite places on this planet, and perfect for a day-trip alone. What is even better? Despite the warm weather this winter, it finally started snowing again in the Alps the day before my trip.
Below are some pictures I took during the trip. In German they say ‘Guten Rutsch’ to wish someone a happy new year, the word ‘Rutsch’ literally means ‘slide’. For all I know I had too many of those yesterday! The paths going from Mittelberg into the mountains were terribly slippery in the morning, especially those along the river. At first there was a couple walking some distance ahead of me, I had to chuckle a bit when I saw how they walked. By the time I hit the icy part, it was no longer funny 😛 There was one place where it was impossible to bring my feet together, and thanks to the good timing, I saw a man coming from behind with a sprayer of tiny pieces of stones. So I grabbed onto a tree to let him walk in front of me.
Thanks for reading. Wish you a happy new year!