Location: Avon, Colorado, USA
We'll who can believe its August 19th, It really is coming towards the end of my stay. I can't believe i have lived in the U.S.A for 16 months it has gone so quick!!!
We'll August has so far been one hell of a month, if i thought it couldn't get any better it has!!!! I have been doing so much. A few of us went to Denver at the beginning of the month to see David Gray in concert at Red Rocks, it was amazing! David Gray played for 2 and ahalf hours and was awesome he would play a few songson the guitar, and a few on the piano, he did all his classics it was ace and for his oncore he came back on stage on his own with an acoustic guitar and did an accoustic set which was ace. The concert was in Red Rocks which is this awesome outside venue which is all natural rocks, its incredible as you can see the whole of denver aswell, check out the pics. We stayed the night by Red Rocks in these little cottages which were ace,they all had ahot tub on the deck which wasa perfect spot for the after hours drinks!!!.
Then the week after, we went overnight camping on a place outside Aspen, it was amazing Myself,Sean and Kate went on a 9 mile hike up a mountain started at 8,000 ft and finished at 11,800 ft which was one serious hike up, i saw a couple of snakes but that was bout it, we did hike through a 2 hour storm where the thunder and lightening got really bad and it poured with rain, but when we finally got to the top it was ace, there was anatural hotspring, the highest in north america, so we pitched up the tents and chilled in the hot spring where we met a cool guy that was probably the most spacedout person i have ever seen, he'd been eaten mushrooms all the way up and was waiting for god!!!!Then after a few bottles of wine and packet food late and some sleep, we hiked back down the next morning and went into Aspen. We stayed in the center of Aspen for the night and went to watch a band, it was awesome. Aspen is beautiful and we had areally nice meal at a restaurant which was a nice change from the packet food while camping!!!!!!
As for work, i still do some!!!haha nah it has been busy, in work and i have been working hard and playing hard!!! We had a bar b q and went bowling with my soccer team the night before last, we had a great time, and yesterday i needed a rest so my day was full of rest ready for my last two weeks!!!!
We'll i hope all is well back home, I fly out of denver on 1st september and i'm going traveling and then I fly home on Friday 14th September, and we are having a big bar b q on the sunday 16th september soi expect you all to be there to have a welcome back drink!!!!!!!
So hope all is well and i'll speak to you all soon and see you in a month!!!
Location: Avon, USA
Well What can i say it has been months since my las entry so i apologise!! I have been really busy with work training new staff and also i have had a few crazy nights to say the least!!!
Well so much has happened, the main event since i last wrote was the visit of Jo, Darren and Dafydd, they came to visit for 2 weeks and we had ana amazing time, i met them in denver and then the next day we caught the CME upto the rocky nountains. They stayed in an awesome condo by the lake by my house which was really nice, we had some really nice evenings out eating, we went to Vail one dayand had a look around, we went to Beaver Creek and rode the chair lift to the top of the mountain which was great, jo and darren loved it!!!!!!They stayed at the hotel for 3 nights which was good, they used the spa and saw mein action (working)!! and they had treatments in the spa and i looked after the little legend, we went into town and i never knew how many flags there were in town!!!!! The coolest thing was they were here for my birthday which was ace and another preatty big event, we chilled by the pool in the day, went for food in the evening and then went out and met up with some of my friends from work it wasone crazy night, i was steaming!!!! So all in all we had an amazing 2 weeks and i'd like to thank them for that and for looking after me, cooking me food doing my washing!!!!!LEGENDS!!!It was an awesome time.
Well im playing for a soccer team, we have lost every game so we are preatty crap but we do have fun with the after match beers!! I went on an awesome hike to hanging lake which was beautiful,i wentto denver to watch a band and got drunk so that was ace,o and ive even been to a wedding which was an awesome night it was free beer allnight and i felt like a wedding crasher asi only new a few people but it was great fun as after a few beers i felt like i knew everyone, i was dancing all nite requesting tom jones, and just generally having an awesome night, the actual wedding took placeon top of vail mountain which was ace.
Well i supposeid better go i apologise for taking so long to write this message, i have had an amazing time and it won't be long till im home ive actually booked my flight so i'll be back 14th September and Theres a Bar B Q in Blackwood on the 15th so i expect you all to be there!!!!!!!!!!!
well take care love to everyone and i'll see you all soon, hope all is well in wales!!!
Location: Avon, Colorado, USA
Well I'm back safe and sound in Avon Colorado after the most amazing Road Trip, We drove 2049 miles, through 5 states, saw some of the most amazing landscapes, one of he 7 natural wonders of the world, partyed like rock stars in vegas and then cruised up the west coast and fell in love with California , trip of a life time!!!!
it all started in denver where i met my mum and dad in the airport, we droveup to my hotel had some food and then headed west. We went to the grand canyon which is the most breathtaking thing i have ever seen, it is amazing, we went rafting down the glenn canyon which was ace, we then drove to las vegas along none other than Route 66, listening to Born to Be wild and Meat Loaf!! In Vegas we gambled a bit,drunk a drop and watched an amazing show where we were in the front row, and one of the female acrobats came to the side and stroked my face during the show, (i still haven't washed it!!). We then left vegas and headed to the ocean, we saw the hoover dam on the way!! We arrived in San Diego and stayed right by the sea, dad and myself surfed USA, we all went to the World Famous San Diego Zoo where we saw pandas, monkeys and all sorts of animals it is the most amazing zoo i have seen, we had a few drinks, met a few locals and really enjoyed san diego its a great friendly place.
We left there and headed up Route 1 the Coast Highway, which is an awesome drive with some amazing views, we went through Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, around L.A, then through Malibu, Santa Barbara and towards half moon bay, this drive took us nearly 3 days as we stopped at a few nice motels an just enjoyed the scenary and drive it was truely unreal, we even got slightly lost and ended up on a ferry which is a long but highly amusing story!!!!!I loved these places santa barabara was ace, newport is slightly different to newport wales!!!i really fell in love with it and really think i may live in california in a few years!!!
We stayed in The Ritz in Half Moon Bay, which was really nice and we used the spa and relaxed before driving onto San Fransisco. In San Fran, we had a ride on a Tram, which i think was the highlight of mums trip, it was ace though, we went to Alcatraz and met an ex in mate and had the tour, we went over the golden gate bridge and had a few pictures, and also went out for a few drinks in the evenings, then we had to leave the car in san fran 2049 miles later and fly back to denver, then i got the cme back to avon and mum and dad flew back to heathrow.
As you can see we had the most amazing time, and saw a hell of a lot and ive just given you all a slight summary!!!!I'd like to say a great big thanks to Mum and Dad for the most amazing road trip, i couldn't have dreamt up a more enjoyable time, it truly was awesome!!!
well i hope all is well in the UK and i'll hopefully speak to you guys soon,
Take Care Keep In Touch
Location: Avon, USA
How is life back home?
Well i have a bit more good news, I've got the Spa Concierge Trainer position, which is awesome, i'm really chuffed, as theres more responsibility, i get to train all the new staff, which will be great, and of course the pay rise wil be helpful too!!!!!!
wellthe weather has been really nice the last few days, its been really warm it even was 72 degrees one day so the snow is melting extremely fast! although i have enjoyed the winter and it has been an amazing season i'm ready for the summer, and to feel the heat and wear shorts and t - shirt!!!
well work is starting to get really quiet, he ski lifts close next sunday and the hotel is starting to go into the quiet season for a few weeks, so that time of year has come aound again.
I'm going on vaction tomorrow, which is really really exciting, well i finish work tomorrow for 3 weeks and then mum and dad are flying out tomorrow and coming up here on thursday and then we head off to the grand canyon, las vegas and san diego, i can't wait its going to be a great road trip and its going to be nice just to get away after such a busy season in work.
well i'm off so i hope everything is cool back home and i'll speak toyou all when i get back at the beginning of may!!
Location: Avon Co, USA
Hey Guys, Well i hope all is well back home!!!
everything out here is great, i actually went to the opening day (first game of the season!) of the Colorado Rockies Baseball team, I went with Lorn and Lalo it was an awesome day and to top it off the Rockies won which ive been told is a rareity!!!it was an awesome day and we went for a few beers after the game in denver before we drove back that night!!!
hope all is well back home
Take Care and speak soon
Location: Avon Co, USA
Well i have some awesome news!!!! I Won 5 Star Employee of the Quater!!!!!! Which means i was voted employee of the last 3 months and out of the whole hotel!!! I was really really chuffed to say the least as its out of about 500 employees, and it made me feel all the hard work over the busy winter season was well worth it even all those 6 day weeks! so it was an excellent night at the presentation!!
We had a really good night the other night as Tom turned 21 so a lot of people went out from work and we had a few drinks to celebrate it was an awesome night.
Well apart from that not much else has happened, I can't believe i go away with mam and dad in under 3 weeks im so excited, its going to be a great time!!!
Well i hope all is well back home, lots of love to you all, and i'll speak to you soon
Keep in touch
Location: Avon, Colorado, USA
Hey Guys, Well where is the time ging i can't believe we are already in March!!!I hope all is well back in Wales. Life out here is still going really well, there is till a lot of snow on the ground but the weather has got warmer we even had a small heat wave for a few days the temperature went up to 65 degrees F. which was really strange for the time of year the snow even started to melt preatty quickly, but it only lasted a few days and then its snowed for the last few days so we have more powder!!
well work is still crazily busy, i'm still working 6 days a week, but it has been extremely exciting this week as there have been a few celebs staying. VH1 had an event and stayed at the hotel for the weekend which was really exciting, they were filming celebs skiing and had a few concerts, but they all stayed at the hotel. VH1 also gave us some VIP tickets for the Train concert we were in the front row it was a really good concert, especially when they sang drops of jupiter. So its been a good weekend.
Well and more good news from work is i have been nominated for 5 Star employee of the quater which i was really chuffed about as its out of the whole hotel and during the busiest few months, i find out on march 24th who won there are 10 people nominated. Well i didn't get the spa trainer position as they didn't feel it was good business as i have to leave in 6 months so it would be a temporary positon, never mind.
well i suppose thats all the news thats happened in my life, i hope you are all well back home,
Keep in touch guys and take care
Location: Avon,Colordo, USA
Hey Guys, Well i'm sorry for the delay in adding another entry but i have been extremely busy in work. I'm now working 6 days a week and have been for the last four weeks and will be for the rest of the season, I'm working 5 days a week as Spa Concierge and 1 day a week as Ski Concierge, ski concierge is a good laugh as your outside most of the day, and you get some good tips!!! As for the Spa its still going really well although extremely busy!!I've applied for the Spa Concierge Trainer position which means if i get it i'll be training all the new staff that we have in the spa which will be ace, so i really hope i get the job, although i know a few people have applied but fingers crossed.
Well the weather has been preatty good a lot more snow, (anothe 6 inches or so last night!!) but the sun is shinning as well and its starting to warm up so thats really really cool. Snowboardings going well, im getting better, i've even brought myself a new board which is ace. I went skiing for the first time last week which was really good, me and tom had free ski rental so we rented some and he taught me how to ski which was a great laugh.
I've been out partying a few times but not as much as im working so much and im saving for mhy vaction in april when my parents and i go on a road trip which willbe amazing. I have had a few crazy nights though ust not as many!!!!!!
well to be honest thats all thats happened to me lately, i hope you are all well back home.
I can't believe Mike Ruddock has quit, what a shock!!i was pretty gutted when i ound out, i us hope scott johnson stays but that doesn't look likely!!!well its been a different 6 nations to last year, god knows whats going to happen next!!
well take care and i'llspeak to you all soon, Miss Ya
Location: Avon, Colorado, USA
Well i hope 2006 has started as a great year for you all, i haven't got any complaints about it yet!!!! Works going really well, busy but good, snowboarding is going well, im getting a lot better!!
last week i went to denver for the day to watch the Denver Nuggets play basketball in a NBA game against the Phoniex Suns, it was an awesome day and experience, we had dinner in the Hard Rock cafe first and then went to watch the game, we had a few beers and were sitting 10 rows from the front which were amazing seats the game was awesome it was really close, the denver nuggets won 139 - 137 the game went to 3 periods of over time which meant we got our moneys worth. After the game we went to Hooters for dinner which as always was awesome and finished off the day nicely. So i really enjoyed my first NBA Experience!!!!!!
Well apart from that not much else has happened, well ihope allis well back home and i'll speak to you all soon
Miss you all
Location: Avon, Colorado, USA
I'd like to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR, i hope you all had a great time in celebrating in the New Year. i went to a house party and then to Agaveas as that was the only place without a huge entrance fee!!It was a good night and a few too many beverages were sank, as ive been quite rough today!!!good job i had the day off to nurse my hangover. Work is going well although this week the guests have been exceptionaly demanding, and have obseen amounts of money as our hotel had the most expensiv room rate out of all the ritz carltonsin the worl for the week between xmas and new year, there were only a few famous people staying, i met the indian girl from bend it like beckham, shes know in E.R andi met two Major League baseball players which i didn't know who they were but a lot ofpeople were excited as they are supposidly really good and also the producer of friends so no one really famous!!!! Well i'd better go, happy new year too you all again and i'll see you later this year!!!!!lots of love matt xx
Location: Avon, Colorado, USA
Hey guy's well christmas is almost upon us, i hope you have all got your shopping done and got your lists off to santa!! Well life in colorado is awesome, but slightly cold!!I've been out snowboarding a few times now, it was my 8th day and im getting better, tom, holly and myself went to vail. It was great in vail as it snowed loads last night so it was a good powder day!then after a good few hours on the mountain we had an apres ski which was awesome so i think i could handle afew more days like that during the next few months. Holly has been here for a week which has been a laugh we all have had a few days on the mountains, and a few drunken nights, especially on saturday as it was christians (spa manager) last night as he flys back to wales tomorrow, one crazy night, lets just say the day after i didn't make it on the mountain!!! Work has been good lately, its starting to get extremely busy with christmas wek approaching. Well i hope you all have a wonderful christmas, and i'll be thinking of you all, and having a drink for you ot here (or maybe 2!!) Speak to you soon,
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Response: hey holz, thanks it was an unbelieveable trip!!hope uni is going well, good luck in your exams!! xxx
Response: hey me old mucker, hows life in wales treating you?? thanks mate, yep everything is going really well so thats cool, i just can't believe i'll be back in 16 weeks!!!its gone so quick, i'll give you a call soon so we can chat bout new york maybe!!?? take care mate and keep it real!!!!!! Chief Badger
Response: Hey Mam & Dad
Yeah it was one awesome vacation which i really really enjoyed, Thank You once again. I hope all is well back home and you are both recovering from your jet lag OK!!!! Speak Soon
Lots of Love. Matt xxxx
Response: Thanks Auntie Tracy, I was really pleased, i hope you are all well, take care and speak to you all soon, lots of love matt xx
Response: Hey Emma,
Thank you very much, its really kind of you.
Hope all is well in swansea! Spak to you soon
Response: hey Auntie Tracy, Thank You, yeah i was really, really chuffrd to win the award to say the least!!! Glad to hear you are all ok and we'll definately have to spk on sophies web cam, lots of love to you all, Matt xxxxx
Response: Holly, Holly Holly!!! you have caught me!!yes i'm afraid your clothes never made it to the second hand shop, but at least we are making good use of them!!!!!
The photos weren't of me log sliding im afraid as i was taking the pics although i did manage half a log slide which i was really chuffrd with and an awesome day in the trees!!!!!!
well all the best for uni and say hi to everyone for me, take care, matt xxxx
Response: Hey Mum & Dad, well i'm glad all is going well, yeah we did have a few cool nights especially St. Pads day, it was awesome and the nite in the dresses well that was a night to remember!!!!yeah i cant wait to see you 2, only 3 weeks and we'll be relaxing on the beach!!well its great to hear from you, and will definately speak soon, all my love Matt xxxx
Response: hey mate, hows your last year going?Its ood to hear from you, yeah life out hereis amazing!!!i love it, i bet it was a bit strange walking past hanover street, i think i'll find it a bit different when i get back, well good tohear from you, take care mate, and all the best for southampton, we'llhave to catch up wheni get back!!!!!!
Response: hey ems,
how r u, long time since we spoke hows 2006 treating u? work here is really good but mega mega busy!!!hows uni going??any goss well i'll drop you an email soon
lots and lots of love
Response: hey wats up laggie lizzard
yeah the nuggets was ace we are going again next month!i was gutted the broncos didnt make the superbowlas it would have been crazy here and the boarding is amazing hows life in wales, the big game is on saturday, comeon WALES take care mate and enjoy the game, speak soon
Response: hey sue nice to her from you, howis the ankle?i hope its better soon, yepi can still fall over in the snow but im keeping well away from wheel chairs, and especially bins!!! hope all is well for you back home, and be caerful on that frost!!!take care, good to hear from yo, love matt xxxxx
Response: hey dafydd, im glad you liked the photos, even of me falling over!!!!wow you seen some snow, its great, im glad you enjoyed it in your wellies!! well have a wonderful birthday and i'll speak to you soon, miss and love you lots, uncle matt xxxxxxxxxxxx
Response: Hey Mam and dad, Happy New Year to you too. yeah i had a great time, im glad you liked the photos i scrub upwell nowand again!!!Yeah im getting better at snowboarding i had a good day with lalo yesterday. Im glad everyones ok back home and had a nice christmas and new year, i'll speak to you all soon, take care, love and miss you Matt xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Response: hey hollie,good to her from you!!HAPPY NEW YEAR! yeah it is amazing out here, the winter is ace, i went snowboarding this morning and then working this afternoon!!I know i can't believe how fast its going out here too, ive been here for over 6 months now, its crazy, well i hope unis going well, and i hope you had a great christmas and new year, say hi to everyone for me and spk to you soon, take care, love matt xx
Response: Happy New Year, chief!! avon is great with all the snow, you should definately tryand come over in March!!!!!!!i'm glad you had a good xmas and sank a few worthy's for me, i sank a few shandy's aswell!!!!!well hope work goes well for you mateand i'll speak to you soon me old ladger!!Take care mate
Response: Hey Le Crunch, good to hear from you!!Hows life treating you? well lets say compared to Swansea Girls, they are like good catholics!!! Happy New Year toyou mate and speak to you soon!!!
Response: Hi Auntie Tracy, Merry Christmas, I hope you all had a wonderful christmas,and you enjoyed your glass of wine. Have a Happy New Year and we'll have to speak soon on sophies web cam. Take Care and give my love to the girls and Tony, Lots Of Love Matt xxxx
Response: Hi Auntie Anne, Uncle Graham, Niki, Rachel and Paul, Merry Christmas to you all and i hope you all have a wonderful day. Thanks for the message, i'm glad you liked the video, im going snowboarding on xmas day so that will be cool!!I'm having an amazing time!have a great xmas and i'll be thinking of you, take care, Love Matt xxxxx
Response: hey jonesy boy!!!i'm afraid i wimpedout and left the rusty knife in the drawer foe now!!well i did hold back on a few pictures!!!We have had loadsof snow this week, its been amazing, ive been snowboarding twice!!i had a great time with my parents, thanks, well take care mate and i'll speak to you soon!!!
Response: hey aunty tracy, thanks for the message, i had an amazing time with mum and dad it was so good to see them again. It was quite cold while they were here and we had a lot of snow!!me and dad went snowboarding, and i managed to get mum snow shoeing, and she had a ride in the sleigh, we had a great time!! i'm glad you had a good time with jo darren and dafydd,i bet the girls went crazy,what a lovely surprise for them!!well give my love to the family and ill speak to you soon, lots of love matt xx
Response: hey Uncle Derek, its good to hear from you again!well its been awesome to see mum and dad again and we have had a great time dad and myself went snowboarding,and i manage to get mum snow shoeing!! yep jo did say bout dafydd being ill, its got to be the england air!!well allthe best for the new pub, and your new job, i hope it all works well for you. give my love to the family and i'll speak to you soon. Take Care Matt
Response: Hey Auntie Tracy, Its good to hear from you! Yep this place looks really amazing in the snow,I can't wait to see Mum and Dad on Monday, its going to be so cool. Well i'm glad all is well at home and i'll take plenty of pictures of when mumand dad are here for you all to see, well give my love to the family and i'll speak to you all again soon, lots of love to you all Matt xxxxxxxxxxx
Response: hey Emily! How r u?? its great to hear from u! i bet it is a bit strange after all the traveling you did!! i love it out here we had a great rod trip aswell!! I'm not home untill middle of september, plus the winter season has jus began!!im soo excited, well good luck in uni, and we'll have to catch up when i get back for a drink!!!!Keep in touch love matt xxxx
Response: Hey Uncle Derek, Thanks for the message,it's great to hear from you, Good luck with buying a pub, sounds great. I'm glad becca is doing OK, and gavin is doing a good job of looking after her!!Wish Victoria all the best in her school, at least if she can work at that schoolthen she'll be able to work any where!!! It will be great when mum and dad come out, and i will have to have a good clean!!Well all the best and I'll speak to you soon, give my love to everyone, love Matt xxxxxx