Chamonix - France - © Claire Blumenfeld

Chapter 4 :
Learning awareness

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Facing a general tiredness, I returned to France with the idea of doing a winter season in Chamonix in restauration. Learn. Work your way up. Continue to travel. But the depression I’ve been dragging for years explodes overflowing my mind. I am feeling myself falling. I do not know who I am and what I really want. I spend several difficult months and then I start thinking, exploring my mind.

France – 8 months – October 2018 to May 2019

The photographs

Chamonix - France - © Claire Blumenfeld

Photos – Winter rebirth around the Mont-Blanc

A selection of my best pictures taken towards the end of winter in Chamonix. The season was difficult for me and I did not manage to enjoy my stay as much as I would have liked. But after several months of reflection I found again a bit of creativity.

Portfolio - Chamonix - France - © Claire Blumenfeld

Photos – An Autumn in Chamonix

After three years abroad, I missed the mountain landscapes of the French Alps. This is one of the things that I felt I was missing the most. When I decided in early August 2018, to return to France for a few months before continuing my trip, coming to Chamonix Mont-Blanc was an obvious decision.

The tales

Sea of clouds - Chamonix - France - © Claire Blumenfeld

Summary of my stay in Chamonix

Focus about the Chamonix experience and what it allowed me to understand. Why I give up hospitality jobs (or not), my idea for the next five months and what I’m planning for the future.

Chamonix - France - © Claire Blumenfeld

The black hole or facing depression

From mi-December to mid-March, I faced depression. Work, rhythm of life and unconscious ignorance of my needs have let me to the black hole. But in suffering lies the answers. I thought about it and started to find some.

Beginning of winter in Chamonix

The snow finally started to fall on Chamonix and the Mont-Blanc valley. Since about two weeks we are surrounded by white. The ski resorts around opened a few days ago and tourists carrying ski/snowboard gear are more and more present in the streets of the village.

A slightly gray November

I’ve been a bit quiet this month of November, first of all because I’m re-doing my website with an all new beautiful design but also because despite all my efforts, I’m still feeling a bit down, sad and depressed.

First setback in Chamonix

Gonna be honest, this end of October and beginning of November months, were not the best. Big hours, lots of disappointments at work, stupid troubles with staff people, 10 days straight of bad weather… and as usual a feeling of depression, failure and losing myself.

Autumn colors

This week was busy with a huge groupe of about 300 pax coming for 5 days in the hotel. A big group called ICAR : International Commission for Alpine Rescue. A lot of people specialized in mountain rescue. Tall, muscular and big eaters.

Second week in Chamonix

I got my first 2 days-off. So I went for an overnight hike on one of the most popular hike around the Mont-Blanc : The Lac Blanc. But I made my own one day and a half trail and I decided to camp next to the lake. And it was absolutely stunning!

First week in Chamonix

After 15 months in Australia, I decided to come back to Europe. I was getting tired and angry and lots of things happened in the past 2 months. So I decided to come back to Europe for a few months. I found a job in Chamonix, right in front of the Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe!