XCFeedsSweden update from Doug

Avatar Sverre CaldwellOctober 21, 2009

We have asked our recent alums to give us updates on their first year after SMS. Doug Amos is spending a year in Sweden before attending UVM. Here is a picture of him at our summer Moosilauke camp and his update. Thanks Doug!br /a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_H2SCM3lmKm8/St-R_6bdbDI/AAAAAAAABV4/FLYMCRf_yLQ/s1600-h/100_3085.JPG”img style=”display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 300px;” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_H2SCM3lmKm8/St-R_6bdbDI/AAAAAAAABV4/FLYMCRf_yLQ/s400/100_3085.JPG” border=”0″ alt=””id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5395191405815360562″ //abr /Hej Från Sverige!br / Hello peeps! (hmmm… it sounded so cool when Newell used it… now it just sounds silly.) Anyway, After one and something months, 110ish hours of training, multiple coaches comments on my ilog saying “where’s my blog!?”… You get the idea. br / I decided to come to Sweden about five minutes after reading my rejection letter from Dartmouth and so far, it has been the best plan I have ever come up with… in five minutes. I am living in central Sweden, in a town called Sveg (which is the shortest name for a town I have seen so far. Usually it’s something like: Lilhärsårgarsgatansvälla:-) and am going to the regional ski school here. I have done a great many things! including but not limited to: training 30 hours in six days the week after I got here, skiing in September at the Torsby ski tunnel, coming to grips with a language that when I first got here sounded like someone trying to speak German who had a wicked hangover, skiing on the same trails as the Swedish A team, and Euroing around in general. br / A couple weekends ago my friends Tobbe, Jonas and I drove about 3:30 south to a town called Torsby which has a combined national and local ski school. We stayed at the school in some dorms for 100 Swedish Kroner a day which is about 14 dollars so… I would have done Sverre proud for being so cheap. I trained 9:10 in the tunnel over the weekend and it never got old. It smelled a lot like an ice rink when I walked in and about as cold. It took about two steps and I remembered how to ski again. Talk about easy to transition from rollerskis to the real stuff. The tracks were so well maintained that it still felt like road. Nothing like early skiing in Vermont where there are all those little bumps and undulations that happen when there isn´t quite enough cover. br / Every weekend brings a new escapade to try to find some more snow to ski on. Last weekend, my three friends Jonas, Tobias, Victor, and myself drove about 2 hours north and stayed at Victor’s cabin. It was a low volume weekend. So only 8:15 over two days instead of 9:10 🙂 To sum up the weekend, I got to see the Swedish A team ski by looking as awkward as I did (it was pretty tough snow to ski on) and… well, let’s just say I have now been photographed with my shirt sort of on, sort of off in an appealing way in another country. br / But all is not forgotten of home, there are times when all of a sudden something will jog my memory and I will have a revelation. For instance, I was taking receipts out of my wallet a few weeks ago, and I found a receipt for gas from this summer. I then suddenly remembered the warm summer mornings of driving up to SMS and training with the gang. br / Bye for now. But remember, you are only safe until Christmas. I’m back the 15th!br /a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_H2SCM3lmKm8/SuGQD-Z_M1I/AAAAAAAABXQ/QzzHHwpC0K4/s1600-h/1029-20091015-3631.jpg”img style=”display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_H2SCM3lmKm8/SuGQD-Z_M1I/AAAAAAAABXQ/QzzHHwpC0K4/s320/1029-20091015-3631.jpg” border=”0″ alt=””id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5395752226532569938″ //abr /Doug just sent this picture of himself in Sweden.div class=”blogger-post-footer”img width=’1′ height=’1′ src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4680416899705879324-5486281688446976679?l=smsxc.blogspot.com’ alt=” //div

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