Chalet Couple | What happened next?
What have we been up to since our season?
It’s been 6 months since we returned from the Alps. 6 long months. And as I write this, on October 1st, I see the first splashings of white around the mountains. Instagram has a great way of reminding you of what you’re missing out on. The only solace I can take though is that the snowfall will not match, or beat, that of last year, our year. Record snowfall and epic times.
I remember turning up to our chalet, throwing our bags over the fence and losing them entirely in the snow and that was the first week of December. I remember wishing for days when I didn’t have to go out early morning and clear the fresh snowfall from the 50 metre drive. I’m glad the snow gods didn’t listen to me until around March time.
We can reminisce all we want but the truth is, it’s over and we’re here now. No more over-priced beer and under-serviced rental boards. So, what have we been up to?
Well, the transition back hit us hard. Miss Chalet Couple began work 3 days after returning and Mr Chalet Couple cancelled the remaining 3 weeks of the sabbatical I was granted and started work a week after returning. I’d be lying if there weren’t times when we were in bed and just looked at each other and asked what the fuck were we doing? Spending those glorious months in the white abyss with no worries except what you were cooking for dinner made the comedown all that more terrible.
The friends that you saw every single day become insignificant in your new day to day lives. Yeah you still text and call but it’s not the same. That bubble you live in with just you, your mates and pair of skis or snowboard well and truly gets burst. The hardest decision you have whilst you’re out there is where to ski today.
So, since being back and starting work again, we lived at a parents house to save some money. Yeah it’s great seeing more than 3 figures going into your bank account again but you don’t get the same excitement as getting a modest figure given to you by a departing guest (See our blogs on tips and tipping, here).
We saved up enough for a deposit on a house and 4 months after returning bought our very own first home together. I must admit that it is/was a pretty special moment and to share it with the one you love is all the better. But every month since, when that figure leaves the bank account to pay the mortgage, you’re reminded about your ties. No upping and leaving now, not without a plan B and some serious decisions. Does that put paid to any more thoughts of chalet coupling?...Who knows, but we’re not doing the season this year unfortunately.