|Just enough...not too much...nailed it!|
|Oh the places you'll go....Welcome to Switzerland!|
Travel Tips for Smarties
1. Call your bank...and check with them twice
Following the most basic travel tip out there, I called my bank a full week before my trip to inform them of my travel plans. Like people, banks aren't perfect, and as soon as I left Vermont my money was useless. Typically the solution is an easy one...call the bank and kindly remind them that you are traveling. Turns out this minor problem becomes a much bigger one when your travel plans fall on a Sunday and President's Day Monday. My advice: more than one credit/debit card and back-up cash. This also brings me to my next tip....
2. Travel with Friends
From loaning you lunch money to helping problem solve two heads are better than one.
|Reunited with my buddies :)|
3. Count your bags-write the number on your hand
This was a new one for me and probably my big mistake. I thought I was "oh so smart" for checking my boots separately from my ski bag in order to avoid overweight baggage fees. That was until I arrived in Campra, Switzerland and realized my ski boots were still sitting on the luggage carousel in the Munich airport. Enter minor hysterics and a frantic search for wifi...
|Maybe the best delivery I have ever received|
|But really how can you be upset when you have a room like this...|
|A view like this...|
|And skiing like this!|
If you don't have a phone that works in Europe, download Skype or Whats-App for your smartphone. Both work with wifi and were lifesavers as I attempted to track down my left baggage
5. Accept that you can't control everything
For travel smarties, understanding that not everything can be planned and prepared for is probably the biggest tip I have (and also the one I have the hardest time following). At some point you just have to enjoy the ride!
|Chelsea of APU taking full advantage of the balcony|
|Hotel Casa Lucomagno post 18 inch snow storm|
After a long trip across the pond, the first OPA Cup races offered a chance to get my feet under me. The races turned into a rather challenging competition between my race-ready head and my rest-weary body. However despite feeling a little jet-lagged, I was thrilled to start off the OPA trip strong with two top 10 finishes (and my best classic distance at OPAs to date)!
|Summer sun to winter storms, Switzerland had it all|
|Annie H. starting her sprint semi-final|
|Tyler Kornfield, Reese Hanneman and Annie cheering for Team USA|
Where: Campra, Switzerland-a tiny ski town that rests in the narrow mountain valley of Olivine in Ticino, Switzerland
|Rosie and I enjoying the views during an evening run|
When: Last weekend! (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
|Thomas O'Harra leading his sprint heat|
|Jennie B ripping it up in the sprint heats.|