Monday, August 16, 2010

Back in Tolmin....

...one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Again we drove into the valley yesterday afternoon on a bit of a high.  I can't seem to wipe the grin off my face here.  The scenery, the friendly, happy, active people,  the easy stress-free flying....I'm so glad to be back.
There are many more pilots than last year - we think around 70 or so and several top guys including Tom Weissenberger, Gerolf, Ilio and Primoz.  I think this place is becoming a bit of a haven for girl pilots.  We have at least ten this year.  Julia ran home to Russia to renew her visa, then flew back in to Venice yesterday.  Timothy drove down and picked her up.

Today was meant to be the first task day, but the weather isn't cooperating.  We drove up the hill for a noon briefing there, but found dark, ominous clouds overtaking the entire hill.  After thunder, lightning, rain and hail, we gave in a drove back down.

I love some of the odd things you find in other countries.  We arrived last night (Sunday) without milk for our nightly cup of tea and no supermarkets open.  Never fear!  The local dairy farmers have a vending machine that they fill with fresh milk and cheese every morning.  You buy an empty liter bottle for €.20, then pop it into the machine that fills it with very fresh, yummy full fat local milk!  What more could you ask for?!

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