Skiing in Formigal, Spain

A couple of weekends back, my wife and I abandoned the children with their grandparents and escaped for a couple of days skiing in the Spanish ski resort of Formigal in Huesca.

We stayed in a lovely modern hotel next to the spa in Panticosa. The spa was lovely! The mornings were rather cold, the hotel is at an altitude of about 1400 meters, and here’s proof, the car marked -17ºC and took a little while to start!

PasarelaTermas de TiberioBloody Cold!

We enjoyed two perfect sunny days skiing, allowing us to really appreciate Formigal’s spectacular views.

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And just to prove I was really there, a silly pose!

Nice pose!

Supporting England from abroad

My first world cup outside England is not off to a bad start, but here in Spain I’m missing the atmosphere I imagine there is back home. Its just not quite the same here somehow, but the few of us that are here are doing areour best! We try to all meet up for the England games, and some of the other more interesting matches.

The Spanish are generally optimistic, but I’m not sure how far they really think their team can go. One thing that is really frustrating is that there are really few games on terrestrial TV, so I have to try to get out to see the games which isn’t ideal! I’m tempted to get a digital terrestrial box, as there are a few more games on one of the digital channels.

But what has really got me a fed up is that I can’t even get the BBC Radio Five Live commentaries over the internet. Some crazy broadcasting arrangements apparently mean they are unable to allow non-UK residents access to it.

So one fed-up-Englishman-abroad now has yet another reason to upset the wife by going down the pub! Oopps!