This weekend, I got my first sunburn in 12 years.
As sunburn situations go, this one was pretty good. I was skiing on a sunny day, 3,089 meters above sea level on Gornergrat Peak in Valais, Switzerland.
To quote the website, "the mountain panorama and the glorious view of the Matterhorn are unforgettable."
Me unsuccessfully figuring out my phone's camera with Matterhorn popping out of my left shoulder
The skiing is pretty awesome, too. While I didn't hit the black pistes (I will before I leave Switzerland, mark my words!), I did make a lot of improvement. In fact, I only wiped out once, which is good for me.
Our instructor was 21 years old and travels the world from one season to next, alternating hemispheres, competing in freestyle skiing and generally living a very glamorous existence if his Instagram videos are anything to go by.
Much fun was to be had during the day but Zermatt at night was also delightfully mysterious. Every dimly lit window in every mountain chalet seemed to hide some sinister secret. I'd definitely like to go back one day.
Alas, I just dipped my toe into the glamour of Alpine living. Today, I am back to the office with my red face and aching back.