Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Dad in Munich Train Station
My mom and Lars in the Gondola ready to hit the slopes!
My friend Emily and her mom
Chairlift, I thought the ramp to get down was interesting...
8 person chairlift, looks like a couch...
I thought this was really cool! I have never seen or heard of a double chairlift like this!
Chairlift with heated seats and bubble!
Lars in heated chairlift
Kids dancing the traditional Tirolean Dance!
Looks like Hop-Scotch to me!
More of our Hotel Entertainment! :)
Museum/Castle/Fortress of Kufstein!
This was the weather the day and the day before we left, snowed so much that it just piled right up on the swing set!
View from the top of a Gondola on a super nice day!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
As the drills and practice continued I was still trying to get the the hang of this bounce then hit process, never knowing if I should let the ball bounce or just hit it! We finally began a game, while I was still trying to mold this knew way of Volleyball into my head! Wondering if they just got the rules wrong, or if the German's had a different way of playing the game..?
The game had been going well, after a little while I began to get used to my team letting the ball bounce before they hit it, getting used to the new rythm and planning for when the ball was to come to me...Well, the ball finally did come to me! And while it was falling from the sky, getting closer and closer, my mind was racing and all I could think about was whether to let it bounce or hit it right away! Of course my team members were absolutly no help at all, all the while I had a ball flying at me some were screaming 'Hit It!" while others were saying "Leave it, Let it bounce!", which really did not help the tramatic situation I was already in with this new method.
Well, what goes up must come down, and when the ball finally did make its way down to me it didn't end up happening like I had played over in my head just moments before. My team for sure didn't appreciate or really understand my confussion, for this was the way they had always played it said my friend!
The next week I wasn't looking forward to Gym as much as I had been the week before. Now knowing what I was in for, scolds from team members, confusion while the ball was falling above me, how excited could I really get?
But, this week ended up differently... Before we began the game my Gym teacher asked if we wanted the game 'with bounce' or 'without bounce'! I realized that this wasn't the way that they really thought you played Volleyball, where the week before I figured that the German's had changed the sport a little to their liking, but it was really just a way to get used to the flow of the game! They had been playing the 'easy' way the whole time, well, easy for them that is! So, when my Gym teacher asked what way we wanted to use, I was the only one that yelled out 'With out bounce!' while the rest of the class screamed 'With!' ,and sadly won with glory, while I tried to focus on 'bounce and hit, bounce and hit!'