You might notice that these posts are a day behind. Our only access to internet is at the guest house where we eat lunch and dinner, which also plays host to many of the boarding students for our sister school. In the evenings, when we’d like to post daily updates, the students swarm the internet (ours included) and it’s pretty useless. Last night I made a valiant attempt at a post but it took me an hour just to upload five photos to Google Drive from my phone. It’s working much better now (post-lunch time and the local kids are in classes!).

So, here we are with our Day 2 post halfway through Day 3! Yesterday we went for an easy classic rollerski right from our dormitory in Mals. We followed the bike path, which is right out the back door, all the way up to the Reschen See (Russian See). It was another perfect day with crystal clear weather and beautiful views in all directions.

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Carl and Nick heading through some narrow streets early in the ski. The bike path runs the entire length of the valley from Merano to the Reschen See (Russian Lake) and goes right through some gorgeous little towns.

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Olivia and Colin skiing together.

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Alex taking a break from her first classic rollerski ever to enjoy some castle ruins.

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TK, Walker, and Tanner enjoying the sun and views during a water break.

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The Haidersee which sits just below the Reschen See. The bike path followed the shoreline for a while and it was gorgeous!

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When we finished some of the crew jumped in the Reschen See to cool off. Word is that the water was extremely refreshing and not as cold as the color would lead you to expect.

In the afternoon we set out on foot for some easy distance. We split into two groups, one doing a 1.5hr run/hike and the other sticking to flatter terrain for a 50 minute run along the valley floor. We began together with Lisa, one of our Italian friends, and headed across the valley through the walled city of Glurns. Both groups finished with some core and stretching back at the dorm.

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Heading into Glurns. The gate is only wide enough for one vehicle (or pack of runners) at a time!

Our afternoon workout finished early enough that most of the crew had time to venture up into the old part of Mals in search of grocery stores and some seeing. Mals is pretty picturesque (as is just about everything over here) and several in the group have been enjoying working on their photography projects already.

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And one more shot from Day 1’s hike above Mals because it was too good not to post. Do you think Nick and Elliot are happy to be here, or what?

Check back tomorrow (Day 4) for a post on Day 3!

I’ll leave you with this teaser from this morning’s rollerski…

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