As soon as we left Gmunden (say it, Gmunden) it started to pour. It either rained, poured or pissed cats and dogs the entire trip from Gmunden to Bad Hall. We not only felt like there was an ominous dark cloud following us to Bad Hall, there quite literally was.
And this is the part of my trip where there detailed photo diary breaks up into random narrative (and any photos have probably been posted on facebook already). I didn't take many photos after arriving at Bad Hall. But that's probably for the best because who wants to see dozens of someone else's vacation photos? I imagine that my last 6 blog posts are the equivalent of my neighbors politely but determinedly requesting my presence to their vacation slideshow and me not being able to find an excuse.
When we got to Bad Hall we found our hotel with only a minor detour to the towns aquatic centre. We all got our room keys and decided to check out everyone's rooms so we could see how ours measured up. First was Laura's which was a moderate sized room with a single bed and a balcony. Nice. Then Nancy's which was a HUGE double room with a balcony. Jealous! Then Susan, who had a huge double room. No balcony, but good size room. An then me. We walk into my room and it's a single bed and... well nothing else would fit in there! It's the smallest room you could ever imagine. I ranted and railed at the front desk but they swore that they couldn't get me anything better. I managed to get a different room on the floor above, but the room was the same size and even hotter because it was up higher. Great. I had to spend a night in that room but I did manage to get a larger room with a double bed the following day. I had to pay more but since I no longer felt like I was sleeping in a coffin it was worth it.
Practice on Friday was good, not much to say about that. Afterwards Laura, Nancy and I went for a long walk in the woods near the hotel. None of us remembered our iphones, which is a shame because we would have had some good photos from that walk! We found hammocks, sculptures and a playground where we could have provided some great photos.
We also went for a walk through town and we did remember to take our iphones for that. We ran into a few Team USA members (we frequently did when walking through town - it wasn't a large town.)
When we first arrived at the hotel we were a bit shocked to see people wandering around the lobby and restaurant in their bathrobes. But that was nothing compared to what we saw around the town!
Opening ceremonies were fun once the got started. I'm not a huge fan of opening ceremonies. Not because of the ceremonies themselves, but more because of the annoying chaos leading up to them. But once we were out on the field it was fun.
"I love opening ceremonies!"
Kep could live without them.
Nika could too.
Maze was all, like, whatever...
And then the competition! (which will come in the next post)