Last week we went back to Tschiertschen for the fourth time in as many years (See 2015 and 2016 as well). Our holiday feelings already started down in Chur when getting on the bus. That's when we saw the first familiar faces and we knew we were in for another week of that cosy feeling of staying at Hotel Gürgaletsch.
By dinner time we had settled into our rooms, had rented our ski stuff in the village and had met more friends from the years before on the sofas downstairs. At six o'clock the bell was run and everybody sat down in the dining room for our first meal together. We were happy to find out that the cook from last year was still there and dove into the soup and the salad. Not everybody was a fan of the gorgonzola on the pizza, but there were other toppings to chose from and the desert made more than up for it.
After dinner, some guests stayed on to talk about their plans for the next few days and to catch up on the past year, others helped with the washing up and sooner or later everybody ended up somewhere in the living room; starting a 500 pieces puzzle, picking up the knitting needles, reading or talking or teaching each other new games.
Apparently it's true that the mountain air is responsible for wild dreams, there were a lot of intense stories told at breakfast. Also the weather looked really promising, it was still a bit cloudy but with enough snow on the slopes and we were promised more sun in the afternoon.
As usual we came back for our lunch at noon. We try to eat outside on the terrasse if the weather allows it and this year the temperatures were almost spring like. I really love taking off my boots for a while and sometimes this feeling is just too good, so I don't go back skiing in the afternoon but decide to go for a hike or to use on of the hotel's sledges for a run down with a stop at Furgglis (it's important to drink a lot of hot chocolate or tea in winter ;-).
Shortly after 4 o'clock the hotel started to get full again. This year I found another yoga afficionada and we managed to do a practice in our room every single afternoon before dinner.
Falling back into the familiar rhythmn of Gürgaletsch, so different from my usual life is one of the reasons I really love going to Tschiertschen again and again. I was quite tired and a bit burnt out when I arrived but it only took me a couple of days to feel so much better again. The kids love it as well, because everything is so small there that they can be totally independent and I often only see them for meals or maybe from far away going down a slope at high speed. And yep, we already booked our rooms for next year ;-)