Life is a game that never goes on smooth but to keep the challenges smooth we must keep ourselves going ahead with the changes. Well for the first time in life I must do something new. So this something new was to happen today somewhere in Carinthia region of Austria.
Waking out of the darkness into the the sharp bright wonderful sunny light of morning sunshine. Here we go, driving farther away from the darkness to the light of bright new beginning.
It is not same as the years before that the winter was ever so warm that I could relate to it in terms that I have spent my last few christmas winters in Austria. Snow is not to be seen on the low lying areas at all. The only peaks that are above 800mtrs seems to have got their bit white gift this year.
The sun seems to have lit up bright and the skies blue. The proof of beautiful landscape in Austria is hard to be missed when you want to save it for your wonderful memories for coming years or endless sharing to the world.
Not trying to keep it a more of a secret but we are talking about something new for the first time in life. Ah, this is almost same as losing a virginity but that was long last but this is all about “Eislaufen”. Now for those who dont know the word – Eislaufen is made out of two words “Eis” for Ice and “laufen” for running or in this reference plain skating. First look into the wide vast lake that has been opened today for the public for first time. Its going to get busy and just carefullz noticing the natural beauty that nature offers us in so many ways.
Skating on the ice something that is never been thought by me that I would step on or would plan to do. Huh, oh yeah there is always a time for something new. At first, the thought is quite provoking well inspiring as well.
I can see the small children and so the adults but these are the people who all grew up doing all this from their younger years of learning to walk and stand up.
At first stepping on ice and walking needed a little care but actually it was not that bad as I thought about it. It is quite easy to walk on the frozen water. Well, atleast I had enough grip to feel the floor under me as I would feel when I walk on the grass.
My teacher for today is going to show me few tricks but she is rather an expert in her area of eislauf. I was not willing to step right into the shoes but took a little slower approach and lot of confidence from myself that I wont like to see myself broken over these holidays.
At first looking the way she made her way on the ice was more and more inviting to get going but I still was in the decisive moments of my calculations. Shall I be stepping on it now or shall I rather just wait for a little more.
More than my fear it was the challenge of falling on the ice and leaving myself in pains. Ah, whatever I am not going to think about it too much and I finally was getting ready to give in.
Given in, the challenge has started no more second thoughts. Either stand tall or break my back. At first I was simply amazed at how the balance was so much easier than just being on the skates. Absolutely remember my lessons from the roller skating days. I never even managed to learn the roller skates but this seems much more easier than on the wheels. The balance just came into the play by itself.
After my first round at the frozen lake I seem to have learned a little more of easier tricks to balance my ice skates. In the first 30minutes of learning and no fall ensured that I was not giving up on it as yet.
Taking breaks and getting started simply took no time to get back into the mode of faster and faster skating. I am enjoying these moments of feeling fresh energy through something new today in life.
Learning is more a part our life rather than believing in ourself as a master of all that we do.
Lastly, thanking the nature for giving us such wonderful gifts that we humankind can enjoy without ruining the peace of nature.
Not sure of what comes next as a part of my holidays in Alps. Skiing dream looks quite far away from what I can think and imagine of. The wait for skiing seems to be on hold unless the weather god throws a blanket of ice even still, the slopes wont be ready in the last remaining days of my break.
Thank you to all my friends and people who read here and hope you enjoyed a little bit of nature and its surroundings in the pictures.
Outdoor ice skating is also a big thing here in Holland. Unfortunately this year, winter is too warm at unbelievably 12 degrees Celsius. Last year and the year before when we had sustained sub-zero temps for many days, the canals and shallow lakes were frozen so most Dutch were on their skates.
Glad u tried this Mani…I am sure u will master the sport, as u spend more time practicing it…way 2 go buddy….As always just awestruck with your Clicks….Living and experiencing Austria through ur Clicks…..