A Particular kind of skiing – winter on Etna, in Sierra Nevada, mt. Olympus

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Open letter

With the open letter I want to inspire you. It was written to my friend and probably relates to you as well

Hello my friend,

you asked me to spend a week in an Alpine ski resort, in the mountains between Italy and France.

I’m sorry to tell you, that I don’t have such a feeling any more, I mean really not sure if I still love to spend a week on ski pistes and loose evenings that I love so much.

Skiing, yes, it’s fine, I love it, but, but, but.

I want more from my free time. I want to be inspired, I need inspiration and new experiences to feed my life, to recharge my batteries.

Up hill with ski-lift, down hill with skies, up hill with ski lift, down hill with skies. I can’t.

I want for my vacation to be unforgettable. I want to remember it. It should impress me.

If you want, we can go skiing to the volcano of Etna or in Sierra Nevada in Spain. I know, ti will be inspiring, it will put an impression.

But usual skiing, hmm, I’m really not sure.

Also because times now are too complicated. We are now all forced to become uniform like herds. To do same things, to buy some things, or not to do nothing, not to think.

If we are able to do something different, that will enhance our individuums, yes, I’ll be happy to join.

I love to do things that are unique.

Luxury for me is to ski down the volcano of Etna and at same time admire the snow, the sea, the volcano and actually a large smoke from the crater.

Yes, Etna now is active and emits lava and make explosions. Skiing in this days is perfect.

Imagine yourself meandering down the white pistes, while you see large smoke column that comes out Etna volcano. And the blue sky, the sea, …

In the evening you stroll the streets of Catania and go for a nice dinner.

This way, yes, I’m ready.

Think canolos, local delicacy or the succulent pulp of local fresh oranges. Like me last year in the winter.

I’ve spent an afternoon with local people near Catania. In their orange tree garden.

Actually plenty of orange trees.

We lighted the fire and prepared picnic with fish and meat and vegetables. While we weree harvesting oranges we admired the big volcano mountain, same mount of Etna that I skied the day before.

You see, during my freetime my imagination needs to be satisfied. And I believe that it should be good for everyone, for you too.

There are other mountains as well that will inspire you. Imagine the Mt. Olympus in Greece or Sierra Nevada in Spain. Both you can combine with other activities.

After a day in Sierra Nevada you spend the evening in Granada taking drinks and tapas.

Or rent a bicycle, snow-rockets, stroll Malaga …

Winter time is special. Both Sierra Nevada and Etna are around 3400 meters high.

With your ski boots on from Sierra Nevada you watch at Africa on the other side of the sea. You see the two pillars of Gibraltar, walk with snow rackets …

That’s not a dream, it is all about WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM YOUR LIFE.

Sincerely,

Leon Saksida

 

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