The cactus in the shins is pretty much what I remember best about training in Spain too :) I was definitely more afraid of the vegetation after the first day or two of training up in the mountains.
it was one of those cartoon-cactus looking things, i remembered they weren't great but not that they could hurt that badly! will definitely make even more effort to avoid them now. i see you have some real winter now? hopefully good for skiing next week :-)
There is fluffy stuff, but it is mostly a good show with very little substance. Rock skies are still the best you could hope for. Still, makes everything pretty :)
haha yeh i saw on Träningsbanken something about a trip to the 500m of snow at Storvreta...! see you soon :-)