So…it’s been a while. In fact, “a while” doesn’t even cut it. I’ve not blogged in over a month. It wasn’t necessarily a conscious blogging break; more just that life got super busy and I just didn’t feel like it. I wasn’t inspired and found that every evening, I was just crashing on the sofa with Netflix marathons and Today at Wimbledon on BBC.
Life’s been a bit mad recently; or rather, my brain has been a bit mad and frazzled. Sometimes, life can be like that can’t it? I just kept thinking to myself: “I really need a holiday, I really need some time away.” Thankfully, I knew I had an amazing holiday approaching which kept me going and truly, it was the most wonderful, timely and much-needed break a girl could ask for.
Before this mini-break, Toby and I had never been away with each other on our own. True story. After three years together, we were yet to holiday without friends or family and we knew it was about time. About two months ago, we started planning a few days away and decided upon a walking holiday in the Swiss mountains. I know; a walking holiday. Those of you that know me well will know that this is so not me. I’m a lie on the beach, drinking a cocktail, reading my book and getting a tan kinda gal. Not a walking boots, hiking kinda gal.
We wanted something different; something that would be truly memorable and something that would push us a little bit. And it certainly did.
We stayed in Zermatt, a beautiful town right in the heart of the mountains, with quite possibly the most stunning view of the famous Matterhorn. Our hotel, Coeur des Alpes, was simply beautiful; our room was spectacular and there was even the most gorgeous spa which was a blessing after hours of hiking each day.
Switzerland is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. Genuinely. I have never seen such beauty. Every corner you turn, there’s a new sight, a new view, a new perspective. You can go from sweltering woodland walks to snowy, freezing mountainous landscape in a matter of moments. Everywhere you look there’s something pretty; from roaring rapid-like streams to traditional wooden chalets, turquoise lakes and paths covered in butterflies and wild flowers.
Whilst we were away, I turned 27 (how old?) and, unbelievably, completed an epic 6 hour uphill hike on my birthday. As if that wasn’t enough, the following day we got a cable car 4,000 metres high to the mountain peaks and then walked halfway down again for a further 4 hours. It was epic. Our legs hurt, we sweated buckets and we achieved a huge amount.
The biggest thing I took away from our wonderful break was a sense of accomplishment. Something I’d never really felt after a holiday before. I felt strong, I felt proud and I felt like I’d completely stepped out of my comfort zone…something I’m just not used to. Never would I have imagined that I could hike for 6 hours let alone wanted to do it. Never would I have imagined, with my vertigo, that I could travel in a cable car for 30 minutes up to 4000 metres high. Never would I have imagined I’d be swapping flip flops for walking shoes. But I did it. And I had the time of my life.
This holiday has well and truly taught me to be more adventurous; to dare myself and push myself a bit more. To believe that I can do something a little different and believe that I can enjoy things I’m not used to. I really want my 27th year to be one full of challenges and one that I’ll remember forever. Bring it on.