Ski. I have a level sufficient to defend myself, that is, to escape, from time to time in some small weekend trip, to a ski resort to ski with some friends. I do it very occasionally because my wife does not ski, and it would not be a matter of getting used to going alone and leaving her alone here in Madrid. Before marrying, and despite never having become a great skier, I have visited many ski resorts in Spain and abroad on various trips. For example, in Spain I have skied in Baqueira Beret, Astún, Candanchú, Formigal (here also at night, with artificial light), Panticosa, Navacerrada, Valcotos and Valdesquí. I also know the Sierra Nevada station, without snow, because of a summer I went to meet her. I did not mind at all seeing those wonderful, grassy mountains instead of snow. Outside of Spain, I have skied in Tignes, Val d’Isère and Les Arcs 1800 (French Alps), Lech and Zürs (in the region of Alberg, Austria), Garmisch Partenkirchen (southern Germany). I have also toured the wonderful green meadows that cover the mountains of the Austrian region of El Tirol in summer.

As you can see, I wasted no time.

Water skiing. For more than 20 years my father had a motorboat in Jávea (Alicante), the family’s usual summer resort for more than 30 years, we had skis for the practice of this sport. I was never attracted enough and, in fact, I never practiced it until one day in a month of August, I said to myself: Come on, I’ll do it. I can not afford to consider myself an athlete, have motorcycles and skis and do not know how to do water skiing … Go ahead Borja. I put on the skis, threw myself into the water and said to my brother-in-law, who was driving the boat: I left the water at first. My brother-in-law took several laps around the bay, I fought several waves and I made many sudden turns that he purposely caused me to fall. In one of them I did it, and I did not try it again. But there is the ax: with only a couple of instructions that I knew had to be done to ski, the desire, motivation and decision enough to do it, I got, at the first attempt, to do water skiing …

The world is short of geniuses: Einstein died, Mozart too … and my head hurts.