G’day I’m Seb from Australia, that mythical land nestled between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The place where we ride kangaroos, hide from dropbears and magpies, eat Vegemite and drink Milo through TimTams. I am lucky enough to be one of the eight Spring Shorties and I’m loving every minute of it
Living at KISC makes me smile for so many reasons, be it the amazing staff that have become a second family, the stunning scenery or the jingling of bells. Jingling of bells? I hear you ask. Firstly there’s a big bell in the dining hall, which the catering staff use to announce seconds at mealtime. So this bell, however important, pales in comparison to the two bells that I wear everyday. These bells do a few things; they warn everyone that I’m nearby, preparing them for the unique craziness that seems to follow me, and most importantly they scare away all the bears! Yes that’s right, bells scare away bears. In fact we haven’t seen a bear in Kandersteg all season; I had to travel all the way to the Swiss capital city of Bern to see some bears. Oh and they also sound lovely when they jingle.
Now, about this stunning scenery, well I’ve seen the ice and snow of winter and I’ve seen it melt. I’ve seen the green grass of spring and then a day of beautiful snow. Come sun or snow I am still constantly surprised by the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps, which I get to experience each and every day that I’m here. So as you can see I find it hard not to smile and I think that’s a sentiment shared by everyone who finds their way to KISC.