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This week was, to say the least, eventful. I hadn’t been able to ski for about five years, because of multiple knee injuries, and I really wanted to visit my grandparents that I hadn’t seen forever. So Sondos, Samantha and I decided to go for a week-long trip to my grandparent’s house in Briançon, a small town in the Southern Alps. When we booked the tickets, I didn’t even know what my project was going to be about, but I was just planning on doing some primary research there somehow. The more I developed my project, the more I figured that going to France was the most perfect idea ever. I would follow for a week, all kinds of different people, coming from different backgrounds, on different adventures (including me).

So we took planes, trains, and automobiles and finally arrived to our destination. All the photos I took of our trip are on the primary research page. When we got there, I noticed that i was always up early and I always wanted to do things. We went skiing four days out of the seven from 9 am to 2-3 pm at least. Samantha and I had been skiing since we were walking, but it was Sondos’s first time seeing the snow so it was a huge feat to get her on the slopes by the end of the week, which was our mutual goal. This is the reason why I dropped my “futuristic Design” idea. I originally was thinking of making a gadget that would help people come out of the their comfort zones. But after what Sondos went through, and after seeing her in distressed situation, I calculated that that was not what I wanted to focus on. I realised that not everyone wants to go out and explore, and that my original presumptions were wrong. Even though I kept wanted to push Sondos while we were skiing, the more she would push back and that was the turning point. Instead of making people do things they don’t want to do, I will make adventure more appealing and more easily accessible so they can themselves decide to explore, and not be pushed to explore.

Apart from skiing, we visited the old town and drove a few hours to my home town where we shopped and had lunch. We also went to the top of the Bastille and overlooked the whole valley, which I think everyone really enjoyed. It was exploring none the less, but without all the stress of learning a new sport and skidding down the side of a mountain, which i did not realise was such a huge accomplishment for Sondos until the end of the trip. We also dedicated a morning of relaxation at the Bains de Monetiers, where we were in really warm water with our heads outside in the cold. It was great. This also made me understand that there are ups and downs to adventure. It’s kind of like a roller coaster of activities. Some might be highly adventurous and physical, while others might be more relaxed. For example, going to the spa right after a week full of knee and leg aches from skiing. Or stopping for a pizza and a bit of shopping. 

Apart from realising that my project should be focused on making adventure more accessible, not forcing people to do things they don’t want to do, I got some really cool pictures that I am excited to print out and stick in my sketchbook as my primary research. Honestly, this trip was the best decision I’ve made so far. I got to ski, eat good food, see my family, spend quality time with my friends and have fun, which are all related to my project!

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