The Week of a Winter Activity Guide
Hej there, I have had the surprising honor of being smile of the week this week. So I have been forced to ask myself the question, what makes me smile? It is a very special and busy week, namely the famous ski week 8, and I get to do my favorite job here at KISC: Guiding.
So I will now make a little guided tour through my week. I would like to start off with presenting myself. My name is Anne Sofie. I’m from Denmark. I’m an activity guide here at KISC. That means that I do all winter activities, your heart could desire, except skiing. Including hikes on snowshoes with different activities, sledding, skating and curling (all the fun stuff).
After the presentation we will start our guided trip with a snowshoes adventure. I would proudly show everything that I find amazing about KISC. First I would point to my window and say “I live up there, with my Swedish roommate Johanna. Even though she is Swedish, she is quite all right”. It’s always good to start off with a joke, because after all it is supposed to be a fun day. Then I would show off our amazing mountains. I would say “Every morning I wake up in my room, I have somehow forgotten overnight, that I live in the mountains. Because as you may know, Denmark does not have mountains. Every day I go out I get surprised and amazed all over again”.
As a good guide, I of course have some questions up my sleeve, to get to know the guests better. I start out with the simple ones: Where are you from? Do they have mountains or snow where you live? Then I move on to the little more odd questions, but also the interesting ones like: What do you eat for Christmas? I’ve discovered that a lot of things, I thought where universal, are actually Danish, like the food we eat at Christmas. A great thing about KISC is you learn a lot about other cultures, but also about your own. I have never felt more Danish, than I do here.
After the snowshoetour, we would maybe play some games, build a snowman, go sledding, build an igloo, go curling or anything that would give you a great day. Usually after I have asked all my questions to get to know you better, you might ask me some guestions. Maybe if I like it here? I would say I really do. I would say it is everything is amazingly new, because it is my first time away from home. Although it is my first time away from home and I miss my family terribly, I really enjoy trying this on my own.
I wouldn’t quite know how to explain why I like KISC so much, so I might drift in my own thoughts and wonder. It could be many things, the mountains, the scouting, the diversity of the job, the excitement of a new country. I would wonder, but not come up with an exact answer. Eventually we would say goodbye, and I would thank you for a great day.
Then I would continue up to our common staffroom. People will sit with a cup of coffee, reading books, watching movies, sitting under blankets and just talking. I would come in and feel the relaxed wipe of people who wound’t want to be anywhere else in the world but right here at KISC. Then I would suddenly realize why I love this place so much and that would make me smile.
Anne Sofie (DK)22.02.2015