It’s March Friday 13th, 2020, we are in Mallorca on our mountain bike trip with a group of riders that came here to escape the winter in northern Europe. News about the COVID-19 virus started to reach us at our remote stay on the Spanish Island. While we were getting a tan our white riding legs in the hot Spanish sun, back home in Switzerland, the ski resort Verbier was closing early. Ski lifts, hotels, bars, and restaurants were closed. A couple of days later, borders were starting to shut down and Spain went in Lockdown. We said our goodbyes to our guests after an amazing week, not knowing what kind of world we would come back to. We flew back on one of the last flights out of Spain and were able to make it back into Switzerland that had also closed their borders.

Back home, like everyone, we adjusted to this new life in the Corona crisis. Finding a new structure, slowing down, taking a break from our life as we knew it. We started to have cancellations for our ski chalet and questions about the upcoming biking season. The first few weeks were confusing and insecure. Following the news, staying in touch with family and friends over the phone. Slowly getting into the new rhythm of accepting this new life with more time for the things that are most important in life. Time for each other, staying healthy, enjoying nature and just living day by day.

It has been almost 2 months and the spring is in full bloom, the snow is melting and we are missing our families and friends from across the borders, but also our mountain biking guests. The weather is amazing, the trails are waiting to be ridden. The bike lodge is ready to be filled again with excited guests. The dining table waiting for evenings filled with food and laughter, and the fire ready to be lit and great bike stories to be shared. We are so ready to share our little bit of paradise with you again!