LWI: slow down

This week’s phrase is slow down. After I first drew the phrase, I threw it back into the jar, thinking, “Son of a peach. I’m running a half on Saturday. The last thing I’m going to do this week is slow down.” I shook up the jar, and drew again. Guess what it was? God/fate/the world sure has a sense of humor. So this week, let’s slow it down. I’m going to take this to mean a reminder to see and appreciate all the little things that we may miss as we’re speeding down on the highway of life. Take the time to appreciate that sunset, or that flower next to the sidewalk, or that turkey sandwich you’re eating for lunch, or the feeling of walking barefoot in the grass, or the smell of coffee as you wake up in the morning, or the feeling of a hot shower after a long day, or or or. You get the picture. But on Saturday, you know the last thing I want to do is physically slow down. I’ll definitely try to slow down my mind and breathe in the atmosphere and sights and fresh mountain air.

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The good life

It has been such a lovely weekend in Lausanne! The goodness started on Thursday–I kicked off the morning with a tempo run before heading into work. The sun shone bright against the sparkling lake, making an illusion that each wave winked at you. On clear days, the mountains take on a dark purple/mauve color around sunset, which beautifully contrasts the gradient blue sky. Thursday was this kind of day. Wanting to spend as much time as possible outside, after work, I decided to head out for an easy-paced long run. I enjoyed the fresh air au bord du lac for one of the most relaxing 15Ks I’ve ever run. (Also, I wanted one last distance run before the Zermatt half next weekend!!)

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LWI: shake it off

A little behind on updating my LWI phrase of the week. This week is “shake it off” à la Taylor Swift. Couldn’t have been a more appropriate week as we see the one and only T-swizzle influencing Apple like no other celebrity has done before. In this world, the haters gon’ hate, potatoes gon’ potate, and tomatoes gon’ tomate. Our challenge is to fly above it and just shake it off.

Hiking: Val de Bagnes (and LSBI summer BBQ)

I decided to go hiking in Valais due to the rainy weather forecast in central Switzerland. I wanted to do a nice, long hike. My plan was to start just north of Verbier at the télécabine station Les Ruinettes. From there, I wanted to go to Cabane du Mont Fort, follow the Sentier de Chamois to Lac de Louvie, and finish in Fionnay.

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Milan Expo

Emily, Nick, and I went to Milan for the weekend. We visited the Expo on food sustainability and also saw part of the city. When we got to the expo, we went straight for Switzerland. The Swiss pavilion regulates their line by giving you a ticket with a time slot when you can enter the pavilion. After getting our time slot, we went to the Netherlands and ate bitterballen. At the Swiss pavilion, we entered a tower that had four rooms. In each room, there was a different item: packets of coffee, salt, dried apples, and water cups. It is supposed to be a “supermarket of sustainability.” Everything is free, but the goods will not be refilled. Visitors are free to take as much as they want, but if all the visitors take as much as they want, there won’t be any left for the visitors later in the expo. We learned that they ran out of the apple slices and cups by mid-May, a mere 1/2 month after the opening of the expo. The idea was nice–don’t be greedy–but I didn’t like the execution. I felt like they were treating me like a toddler and reprimanding me.

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Hiking: Leysin-Feydey to Berneuse

Wanted to do some hiking with altitude gain in preparation for the Zermatt Half in July. I started in Leysin-Feydey (1,260 m), an easy one (ish) hour train ride away. I got a little lost at the beginning of the trail, and found myself at the start of the rock climbing route. Circling back to the hiking trail, I took another *adventure* turn and ended up walking up a mountain biking trail, which was also definitely a ski slope that I skied down in the winter. Undeterred, I climbed up the steep hill, which cut out quite a bit of trail distance because I was essentially going UP. Near the top, I wanted to go to Tour d’Ai, which Aaron recommended for the superb views of Lac Léman. However, I didn’t see the hiking trail sign toward Tour d’Ai, so took a left and went up to Berneuse (2,045 m). On my way down from Berneuse, I saw the trail to Tour d’Ai, however the dark clouds that had been slowly rolling in for the last 40 minutes had finally arrived. Opting to stay on the safe side (especially since I was alone), I started the descent down and skipped the ascent to Tour d’Ai. I feel bummed about almost making it to the top, but not actually getting there. It feels like the end of a sentence that lacks a punctuation mark.

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