Béatitude: walking the TMB as a solo-traveler (TMB Part 3 of 3)

Béatitude (French) – supreme happiness; a state of blessedness

A couple of weeks ago I read a New Yorker article titled “The Glossary of Happiness” which led me to Dr. Lomas’s website indexing “‘untranslatable’ words related to well being from across the world’s languages.” I started to compile a list of my favorite foreign words from the website, and many of them aptly describe what I saw and what I felt while walking the TMB. The French word béatitude is one such word that describes my experience.

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TMB packing list (TMB Part 2 of 3)

My Millet 45L pack was my home for the 10 days on the TMB + 4 bonus days in Switzerland. When I checked in my pack at the airport, it weighed exactly 10 kg (22 lbs), including my hiking boots that were shoved into the bottom compartment of the pack. If I subtract the weight of my hiking boots and add the weight of my lunch, water, and chocolate, it probably remained around 10 kg. It felt a little heavy toward the end of the trip, but I ended up needing the cold weather clothes due to a change in the weather.

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Tour du Mont Blanc: 10 Day Itinerary (TMB Part 1 of 3)

Hey folks, I’m back from my hike on the TMB! The hike was fantastic–a little hot at the beginning but it got cooler during the second half of the trip. Overall I loved the trails in France and Italy. The section in Switzerland was completely underwhelming, so if I were to do it again I’d consider taking a bus to skip parts of the trail in Switzerland.

Some quick thoughts before the nitty gritty:

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We ain’t no sheeple–we listen to Google! (SB 2017: Iceland)

M1 spring break is one for the books! Michelle and I met up in Iceland for a week and explored the Southern and Western parts of the country. I was unable to fulfill my compulsive planning habits on account of school and therefore didn’t plan much of an itinerary before the trip. We booked hostels and a car in advance, but did everything else on the fly. It was pretty fun and way less stress-inducing than I originally thought it would be. On my next trip to Iceland, I’m definitely going to book a 4 wheel drive car though. Side note: Iceland is expensive!! Hostel beds, groceries, eating out, gas, etc. required “multilevel” money! And, Icelandic people don’t wear shoes in the house. My kind of people!

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Hiking: Rochers-de-Naye & Sam Smith Concert @ Montreux Jazz

This post is three weeks late, but better late than never. On my last day in Switzerland, I laced up my hiking boots for one more hike. I decided to stay close to home. In the morning, I took the train to Montreux. From there, I hopped on a cog wheel train to hitch a ride up to Caux, where I started the hike. It was a HOT day. The beginning of the trail was uncovered, so I was hit with quite a bit of sun. The middle part of the trail entered the woods (thank goodness). The final part of the trail creeped out of the woods toward uncovered area, but the wind picked up, making the heat much more bearable. I had a spectacular view of Lac Léman at the top.

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Lovely Lac Léman.
From Lausanne, these two peaks are hidden behind another mountain. When I saw them, I always imagined they were like the ears of a dumb bunny playing hide and seek who did not realize his ears were still showing.
From Lausanne, these two peaks are hidden behind another mountain. When I saw them, I always imagined they were like the ears of a dumb bunny playing hide and seek who did not realize his ears were still showing.

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Swiss reflections

Hi everyone, I got back to Florida on Thursday, and I’m hustling on those secondaries since I completely ignored them during my last week in Switzerland. Florida has been good: Dad and I have been playing tennis, I’m running (unfortunately on a treadmill to get that incline training since FL doesn’t have hills), and I’ve (FINALLY) been able to practice piano! But here I want to write some of my reflections on my time in Switzerland.

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Zermatt Half Marathon: Race Report

WOW yesterday’s race was insane. If you want the short version: course was generally rough, but a ton of fun (mostly). I grossly underestimated the elevation gain. The last 3 km probably took me about 45 min – 1 hour, and they were the toughest 3 km I’ve ever walked, but once I reached the finish line, euphoria set in.

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Super excited to crest the hill

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