1st “Weekend” in Europe

With a grueling schedule of two practices a week and possible games or scrimmages on Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays effectively become the weekend for American coaches and players in Europe… (sometimes much longer with bye dates. This leaves plenty of time to see the sights.

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Saturday, I couldn’t resist the mountains and took a quick drive into Austria to do some skiing in the Tirolean Alps. I’ll be skiing with Head Coach Thomas Miller on Thursday… but who knows when I’ll get another chance to hit European slopes? I’m a ski instructor during the winter and there are few things I like as much as getting to the mountains. Arlberg has a vertical drop of over 4000 feet, making for some spectacularly long runs.  The mountain and the weather were both beautiful.

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Today, I drove to Munich to visit an old friend from my hometown who just happened to be in Germany for business.

It was a weekend of firsts for me… first Alpine skiing, first driving on the unlimited-speed Autobahn and first visit to Munich.

No speed limit driving isn’t as scary as it sounds. German drivers are so disciplined and predictable that it just doesn’t feel dangerous. Left lane is for passing only. Passing is never in the right lane and slow traffic never block the fast lane… Simple rules so many American drivers never seem to grasp on our Interstates. Despite going around 100 MPH (160 KPH) in my VW, BMW’s and Mercedes blew past me like I wasn’t moving at all several times.

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Munich’s downtown area was wonderful. Peter and I had a nice lunch and a few beers at a cafe near the city center. Food, drink and company were all excellent. It was great to catch up with someone I’ve known so long in a place so far away from home. I really enjoyed Munich and wished I could have stayed longer, but I’m sure I’ll make it back again during the next four months.

Pete Nilsson and me in MunichDrinking Beer in MunichBack to football tomorrow. Only 19 days until our first game against the Holzgerlingen Twister!!!

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