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Slalom Races - Bansko, Bulgaria
December 23rd 2014
Just had the second day of racing at Bansko, in Bulgaria.

I was excited to be racing because Europe has had a lot of cancelled races in recent weeks and I was really beginning to think that I wouldn't get to race before the end of the year.  As it turned out, I didn't finish either slalom race the second of which was set so tight and turny that half of the girls came out in the first run.

With my Dad in Bansko

My mood was lightened by meeting the Mexican racer, Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.  He has raced for Mexico at the last 6 Olympics thanks to his grandmother being half Mexican and his uncle also represented Mexico at the 1956 Winter Olympics.  He is a real character, very entertaining, but I must admit I was a bit disturbed by the thought that he is older than my Dad and still squeezing himself into a lycra speed suit!!

With my sister and Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

A happy by-product of ski racing is the opportunity to visit other Countries.  This was my first visit to Bulgaria and I found the people to be really friendly and eager to please.  There is obviously a big problem with living accommodation, however, and some of the properties that are clearly being inhabited appear either unfinished or falling to pieces.  It is hard to imagine what it must be like to live in those homes.  And there are countless part-constructed apartment/hotel buildings where the work stopped, apparently within the space of a week, when the financial crash took hold in 2008.  It does make the town of Bansko look like something of a ; building site.  And I also found it really strange to have waiters approaching us in the street to encourage us to eat in their restaurant; it reminded me of my summer holiday in Greece but I have never known anything like it in a ski resort.

Some of the unfinished buildings in Bansko

We are going home tomorrow to enjoy a family Christmas and I am looking forward to a few days relaxation and, hopefully, a few treats.

Father Christmas doorman at our hotel.

Wishing everyone a lovely Christmas and a happy, successful 2015.