München

We spent the rest of the day in Munich.  The city had so much history.  First stop was the Glauchinspiel…my spelling might be a little off there. But was the most awe-inspiring building i’ve seen yet.

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Next stop was the Hofbrauhaus. A famous bar that once held speeches by Hitler…and was used regularly by the Nazi party.

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Probably the funniest part of the day was Derek Gingera getting absolutely scared s#@*less by a man acting as a statue

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We went inside for a few cold ones but I won’t bore you with the details…we’ll leave that part out.  Next we decided to head up this church tower…little did we know that there would be 2500 stairs to climb (I’m ball parking that number).  Got some pretty cool pics though.

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After the unexpected workout, we walked around Munich for a few hours…grabbing some little gifts for the families.

Long day, the feet are sore and the brain is fried. One of the best days of the trip though.

Gute Nacht!

 

Day Three!

We’re in the unreal town of Kitzbühel.  It’s a little town surrounded by mountains.  With a surreal view of the Alps.

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We walked around the town for a few hours…quickly learning that this was a high class establishment. Just ask Tyler Gaudry who caught a glimpse of a €300 hoodie.

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Well, we thought it couldn’t get any better than Kitzbühel, but Kufstein was something else. The facility we played in was a semi-outdoor rink.

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That had a view of this on the open-side

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Not saying we didn’t get distracted by that during the game.  Jake Stafford, who recorded his first shutout in his first game, might have taken in this view a lot as the play was pretty one-sided in our 14-0 win. But back to the city, just another Austrian town with such rich history and culture, especially the castle, which was totally open to the public.  One thing that should not be allowed is 28 hockey players to roam free in a full castle to play.  We had some fun…I’ll leave it at that. My camera died so I didn’t get any pics of the castle. Check out the tweets and other blogs for pics.

Gute Nacht!

Gameday!

Before the game we had some time to walk around Feldkirch.  The town was intertwined with cobble roads and buildings that looked like they were from the 17th century.  On top of the hill was Castle Shattenburg that overlooked the city.  The Castle used to have a wall that encompassed the entire inner city.

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View from the Castle


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Once the game started, it was all business.  Still feeling the heavy legs from the jet-lag, and playing our first game as a team, we started off a little slow. After going down 2-0, we dominated the rest of the game, winning 4-2. Shout out to Ben Roberts who scored his first goal as a Spartan.

First day!

Had a pretty awesome day in Austria. Walked around Feldkirch with Cinotti and Frost for about an hour looking for some grub. Seems that all the restaurants shutdown during the late afternoon.  Trying to order food without knowing any german was comical…I knew I should have brushed up on my German before I left.  Had our first team skate on European Ice…let’s just say it was good to get used to the ‘curling’ ice before tomorrow’s game.  Looking forward to finally playing some spartan hockey. 

Gute Nacht!

At the airport!

Well everyone made it through! Kazakis didn’t seem to get the point of a security check, walking through the metal detector with his shoes on and belt still around his waist. We’re sitting at our gate trying to catch some last minute food. In the words of Kyle Richards “No turning back now. All the worries are gone, except playing hockey and having fun with the boys”.  Get ready Europe, Spartan Hockey is coming!

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