Living the dream

Five months living in Chamonix, it had to be just that. Getting up, eating fresh croissants from the boulangerie, then all day spent riding some of the best terrain in Europe. Every Saturday, I shopped for fresh organic fruit and vegetables in place Mont Blanc, bought kilos of Tomme de Savoie cheese and found one euro “vin chaud” . Being a member of the public library (mediatheque) was a massive plus. I could borrow not only books, but CD’s and DVD’s and it had free WiFi. At night I would get to know the locals over a glass of beer, occasionally attending their parties.


The flat below me was home to a twenty something baker who worked nights, below that was a Chemist’s Shop. On his days off he’d share drinks with friends and play music. But the apartments were lacking efficient sound deadening. Most weeks between the hours of 2 am and 4 am, I would be wakened by the strangest beats on the planet. I’d drag myself out of bed get semi dressed and make my way to my neighbour’s apartment and practice my French for, “Would you mind turning down the volume?” Sometimes polite, sometimes angry and sometimes adding “I will call the police”, depending on how upset I was. Next day, I’d be too tired to catch the first lifts.

I’d like to say more, positive and negative. What I will say is; “It was living the dream”.

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2 thoughts on “Living the dream

  1. Takes me back to when I was an au pair in meribel – I didn’t spend as much time on the slopes as I should have because I was always sleeping in after a night in the clubs

  2. Heather, that’s fine if I stayed out until late, I didn’t expect to be out early. However, I had to search hard for untracked powder some days because I wasn’t up in the mountains early enough. The residents’ rules stipulated no noise after 8 pm, but I told them that I personally didn’t mind them making a noise up until 11pm. But would I prefer to be in Brussels having a good night’s sleep every night or in Chamonix with no guarantee of a good nights sleep? Well, what do you think?

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