Kitzbühel, Austria, January 2003
In January 2003, we went to Kitzbühel in Austria to learn how to snowboard. We
brought our own snowboards from Ireland.
Kitzbühel, January 26th, 2003
Due to their figures, McBear and Barnaby had to sit on the snowboards. It was
Barnaby's first trip abroad, so he was nearly hyper!
It was freezing cold, but as polar bears, Roger and Bamse easily coped with
the cold, and Barnaby with his long hair did as well, but McBear had to wear
Bamse on the board
In spite of his age (40+), Bamse soon learned how to control the snowboard going
down the slope.
Roger is here demostrating his elegant style controlling the snowboard down the slopes.
After the first training day, we were all exhausted and immediately passed out
on the bed... well, that is, Roger, who is fit, was visualizing his great runs
this day before also he fell asleep.
In the cablecar
To get to the slopes down Kitzbüheler Horn, we took the cablecar every morning.
Bamse brought his ski this morning. He remembered seing his human on ski back in 1967.
Late for the bus...
One morning, McBear was late, so he had to take the skibus by himself. The
driver kindly put him on the seat. The English lady next to him kindly reached
up and pressed the stop button, when it was time to get off...
We stayed at the wonderful four star hotel, Tirolerhof just outside Kitzbühel.
Roger and McBear met with local Tirol bears. They got very interested as McBear
told them about TARF, so they deciced to found TARK - Toy Animals Right's of
Kitzbühel. McBear helped them write a proposal for a constitution.
News spread in Kitzbühel of the Travelling Bears from Ireland. One of the days
in Kitzbühel Town, we walked through a park and met several TA's. Roger used
the opportunity to pose with the world famous Hahnenkamm in the background.
"We are both world famous, the Hahnenkamm and I", Roger claimed!
McBear and Roger are here seen with the Austrian flag and the top of
Kitzbüheler Horn (2000 m) in the background. They were speculating on
snowboarding from the top of Kitzbüheler Horn the last day of the holiday...!
Fit or not fit...
The last day McBear and Roger went snowboarding from the top of Kitzbüheler
Horn. Poor McBear, however, is not as fit and athletic as Roger and stumbled.
Roger was giving out to him for spending too much time in front of the computer.
Roger thought he could hear the words "Get lost" from deep down the snow!
At the top of Kitzbüheler Horn the Austrians have built a large antenna. It was
very, very cold this day, around minus 18 degrees Celsius!
McBear and Roger enjoyed the view from the top of Kitzbüheler Horn the last