Is that snow?!
Surprise surprise, this morning Kandersteg woke up embraced by real alpine autumn weather all inclusive of fog, light rain and white peaks. What? White peak? Do you mean... is that maybe...? No, it can't be.... is that snow? Well, yes.
Trying to be positive we are looking at those white peaks, getting cozier into our wollen beanies and jackets as a sign of a snowy Winter, however it does feel quite weird. A real jump from Summer to Winter, not even time to proclame the glory of golden Autumn tones and falling leaves - it's just snow up there! And the cows are not even all down from the huts!
While outside everything is cold and the few people on their Sunday afternoon stroll are stopping every few steps to lift their heads up and look at the snow, inside it's warm and busy! Warm for the many goodbye hugs exchanged among Staff as we say farewell, to some of the Long Term Staff that have been around for the last five, nine and 24 months. The Staff Team is now shrinking to its low season format. Low season also means that there is lots of behind-the-scenes work to be done! So, we're all trying to keep it short on the "hug and kisses bye bye" and are trying to get ahead of our schedule whether it's about deep cleaning, washing bedding, stacking wood, work on the new KanderActive brochure, cooking for our guests, doing the stock take in the shop or working in the Arabian Suite, it makes no difference. We are all hands on work, staying late in the offices, keeping awake and motivated with loud music and lots of cups of coffee.
Most of our Autumn work is really scrubbing and cleaning, cutting wood and going through piles of papers, so I'll leave that alone and pass on to the juicy news from the Arabia Suite Renovation. New beams and extra supports have been placed to hold the ceiling and they have now been entirely sanded. Yesterday the building of the first wall was started. The Arabian Suite used to have three bedrooms with average five beds each and a small private common room. In general the aim of this renovation is to maintain this layout, improving the functionality and accessibility and to provide guests with a higher standard of comfort. Also the walls, previosly entirely wood covered will now be part wood, with the remainder of the room being finished in white marmour to enhance the feeling of space and light in the rooms. The work is going quickly, although it is a bit chilly up there as there are no windows or walls to the chilly outside. Don't worry about the pinkies, they have plenty of warm clothes and when they are not warm enough, they warm up laughing at those who fell through the floor and got stuck half way between the first and second floor. Hilarious!
This week KISC is welcoming guests from Belgium, UK, Denmark, Portugal and Germany. We are also happy to welcome 12 Russian female Military Cadets visiting KISC as part of a bigger event that the Russian Army is having in Switzerland. They are staying with us as civilians and when not busy discovering the area around Kandersteg they are enjoying some Programme offered by the Centre (Campfire, Light Trail, etc). Other special guests that visited the Centre in the last few days include the Gemeinderat (local goverment) of Kandersteg and surrounding villages. Theirs was a really short visit, just enough time to learn a bit more about the Centre's history and operations and enjoy a tour.
This is it for now, keep an eye open for more news!
Luisa Fontanazza (IT)26.09.2010
PR & Marketing Assistant