This is winter

I’m in my fifth winter season working in the ski fields. My family has never been into winter sports. They’ve never really been into winter. Perhaps it is because winter in The Netherlands has all the bad sides, like slippery roads, cold and windy days and frozen windows, but none of the good things, like…

Kicking off another ski season

Time flies when you’re having fun. Or when you’re working your ass off. It feels like forever ago that I had time to sit down and gather my thoughts. At the end of October I had my Halloween tour, followed by the end-of-season-party to wrap up summer. I had two nights in my own bed…

That’s a wrap

Another season’s passed. Last summer I had a blast in Whistler, but I also saw so many cool photos from colleagues plastered over my Facebook, that I decided to get back into tour leading this summer. And it’s been an insane summer. It started off so relaxed. Everything went smoothly and I could enjoy every…

A rough round in Europe

I haven’t written much lately. I’ve been having such a crazy time at work that I’ve barely had time to organize my thoughts. It’s like the universe has decided I’ve been having too much fun and it’s turning against me. My season as a trip leader in Europe had been going great and I was…

A trip leader’s dream

My job comes with a lot of perks. I get to travel and I get paid for it. Sometimes however, those perks also give you a disadvantage. Occasionally I get to visit places I’ve never been to before. It means I’m up for an adventure in many ways. It means I get to explore and…

Kicking off the season!

The season has started. I’m back on the road as a trip leader, guiding people all over Europe for the summer season. But summer is hard to find. I’ve just finished my first trip of the season; in about three weeks from Rome to London. For the most part it’s been cloudy, rainy and more…

The unexpected bootcamp

Starting a new job is always hard. There is so much to learn and so many new people to meet. New procedures or new computer programs. When I applied for my new job I had spoken to people who had done it before. They both agreed; the first few weeks would be tough, exhausting and…