Thursday, September 30, 2010
Waking up in a parking lot in Ljubljana , i lay there pondering the fact that i woke up in Germany just the morning earlier . Then i begin to think of showering , Petri is up ! We decide to go hunt for somewhere to shower open the door and BLAM the parking lot is jam packed !!!! Beginning to feel like a gypsy , my first reaction is to find the public bathroom and a coffee....first we walk into any random building ( probably not supposed to be there but went anyway ) and find a toilet , with a semi shower inside ....totally Ghetto we decide to abort the idea . Get some drinks and head back to camper to find Rainer awake and ready to move , we sit and ponder ideas on the map i got from the hotel that wanted 140 Euros for us to shower there . There is a public swimming pool , lets go there.
Somehow we accidentally find the arena parking lot !!!! There are only 2 arenas in pretty much all of Slovenia and we accidentally stumble upon 1 looking for somewhere to shower ? Petri and myself run straight to the arena leaving Rainer behind at the camper ( natural magnetism to hockey ) and right away i start asking people outside the arena about playing today . With a Pro team , Womens Pro team, B team , Junior team all practising on this day it was a problem. Petri ran to the toilet in the arena and then i followed reluctantly. We tried to get into a dressing room to shower but were looked at like gypsys ( i wonder why ) . Somehow we found out that there was a pool in the complex and we went back to find Rainer .
Heading to the pool as fast as possible we find out that it is closed when we arrive and ask if there are showers, there are showers but we have to pay something like 3 Euros each ....at this point i would have paid 20.Finally having a nice hot shower and a shave we all head to the arena to try to get on , no luck ...we need the internet to contact some people to try to get on the ice. We have to eat first so we walk across the street to pick out our lunch which we ate directly behind the arena . At this point our gypsy lives changed when we met our new pet Katvogel (LOL ) ...Rainer saw the cat and put this can of leftover canned fish out for it and Katvogel was ours for the day :) .
We finally get to this internet cafe on the other side of the river , some really cool statues are all over this bridge right near our destination! Frantically all 3 of us try finding contacts to get us on the ice tonight , sure we contacted people but were never contacted back :( ....the sombre walk back to the arena for one last chance to get on the ice , Rainer disappears on the walk back ( he is like stealth or something ) as he ends up ahead of us somehow at the arena already ! We decide that if we can't get on the ice tonight then we are gonna start heading to Cortina D'Ampezzo,Italy.
Wednesday morning , Petri wakes up early too ( LOL) and we decide to go for a walk to let Rainer sleep . The park we are in is in Bad Tolz and it is beautiful , we stop to use the public toilet to wash our faces off ( they are quite stinky) this is Petris first morning with us and if going to learn the fast way that Rainer does not enjoy being up before noon . We get back to the camper and Rainer is cranky that we are both early risers , gets up and we decide to go get some food to make breakfast . At the supermarket i buy some meat, cheese , Pringles , and my favorite drink in Europe ( Mirinda orange soda ) . For some reason ( i guess different water ) all the cola and other drinks i enjoy back home don't taste the same here so i look for something new to like and Mirinda was my fav !!!! I buy a 6 pack of 1 litre bottles to last the rest of the trip.
After leaving the bar ,Rainer heard a disco and tried to find it .....but we never found it , instead showing up at a restaurant across from the train station ( our home for the night ) . We had kebab , i tried to order a wrap ( Yufka?) but ended up with a sandwich ( Durum) and was not happy but ate it regardless. Food and eating are becoming and issue for me as i am complaining more and more about the service and selections . I have to realize that i am not gonna get jerk chicken or roti in europe , and i should settle for what i can get but i am stubborn :( sorry guys. We head home across the street and pass out after hearing our favorite joke ...The Italian who went to Malta !http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1TnzCiUSI0
i wanna piss on the plate !
Woke up at the train station , at least i had my bags...Rob was apparently robbed of his bag with all his documents, passport, etc, while he stayed in Munich that night . ( you should have stayed with us Rob ) Today we have to pick our friend from Finland ( Paskalintu ) Petri Riihelainen , he is landing at Munich airport to join us on our way to Cortina D'Ampezzo ( tournament ,Italy ) . So i am awake about 3 hours before Rainer even though we went to bed at the same time ( LOL) and i decide to scour the train station for somewhere with power! The camper is awesome but we could never figure out how to keep a charge in it to power the lights in it overnight ( yes we need candles ) . So i am basically behind on my blogging due to a lack of power for my laptop. And it is not like home ( Toronto) where there are places to plug in everywhere , you can't even find power outlets on the outsides of arenas, train stations, nowhere! So we begin driving around looking for a camper parking lot with power ...we keep stopping at parking lots with no power until we finally find one . We charge up as much as we can until we have to drive to the airport to meet Petri .
We drive to Munich airport and we are totally confused about where to go ( it is a maze there around the airport and inside of it too ) Petri is confused too . Rainer parks the camper and goes in to meet Petri and they both emerge with big smiles on their faces , and Petri is introduced to the Hockey Wagon , AKA The Love Boat ( LOL) . I let Petri sit in the front so he does not get too scared to run off to the next plane away from this beast of a vehicle . We begin our drive to Bad Tolz to have a practise with a hobby league team there . On most days i had and have no clue as to what is going on and for some reason no one knew that we were there to play hockey , the team that we were there to practise with did not even know . Rainers contact was nowhere to be found , but somehow we weaseled our way onto the ice with their 3 goalies and 8 skaters ( without us ) . These guys were not good but we wanted to use the showers after ( LOL) yeah no shower in camper so city to city , hockey , shower ....hockey on the road rules !
I get onto the ice and these guys must be whining in German about the fact that there are already 3 goalies, but i don't give a shit....so i was lucky enough to get 15 minutes of ice time and jump into the shower. After the guys got off the ice we went for a bite to eat and drove to a park to park our camper , tonight we get to sleep beside a stream . Tomorrow we begin our drive to Cortina , no drinking tonight , nursing hangover from Oktoberfest .....
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
So our second game of the day was vs. St. Petersburg Medvedvi ( Russia ) . These guys were undefeated and had already beaten the 2 teams we had lost to . It was a really close game and we had our chances, they were just the better team . We lost 3-1 but i was happy to say they did not kill us . I felt as though we gained a little respect . Going into our last game tomorrow vs. HC Sittertal ( Switzerland) we had a chance to take 4th place , hopefully this D of our does not show, he got hurt during this game and we played a million times better without him .
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
If you did not know i will let you all know , i am an early riser ....so i got up and wandered around grabbed a coffee ,got bored and started to bug Rainer to wake up . He was not happy ,but for the life of me i will never understand why some people need to sleep 12 hours???? I am not saying that Rainer sleeps 12 hours but he truly enjoys his time with his eyes closed !