30 April 2009

Big Updates !

Whooooaaaa, Sorry for the long gap in posts people, but Kelly & I have both been on the road.

Updates coming in the next few days on Kellys trip to Barcelona and mine to Gottingen, Prague, Vienna and Munich !

Whew !

11 April 2009

Flat Marley in Dublin

When we opened our mail the other day, Kelly and I were surprised to find that Marley, daughter of our friends Tim & Jessica in Virginia, had stuffed herself in an envelope and mailed herself to Ireland !

We were of course delighted to see her, but a 3 day transatlantic trip left Marley very hungry, so we took her to one of our favorite lunch spots for a hearty Irish meal of Lamb Stew.

The purpose of Marley's trip was to start looking at colleges, even though she's only 8 she is already think about her future. She loves school, so we took her to one of the best.

Trinity College

Marley was happy to learn that Trinity is one of the best schools for art & literature in Ireland, as she loves books and art. She loved the campus and even made a new friend !

Paddy was visiting from the States and is also thinking about attending university at Trinity.

Marley also wanted to go sightseeing around Dublin so we walked around the city and even went to Dublin Castle.

It was a beautiful day and Marley really liked Dublin. Next week she is going to visit one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in all of Europe, Göttingen University in Germany.

08 April 2009

Sunny Vienna !

This past weekend was one I've been anticipating for months. My trip to Vienna as new Head Coach of the Austrian National Men's Lacrosse Team.

Back on Aer Lingus....again. I had only spent 4 days at home after my trip to Poland, but off I went to Vienna for 4 days.

I take the early morning (7am) flights because they are cheapest, they get you into your destination at midday and they even serve a decent enough airline version of an Irish Breakfast.

Upon arrival in Vienna, I was picked up at the airport by Beni & Henning who had apparently cleared their calendars to spend the day with me. Excellent !

The weather was absolutely beautiful, sunny and about 25 C (78 F).

So off we went to the Bier Garten !

above, Beni & Henning at the Schweizer Haus

You'd be hard pressed to find a better activity on a beautiful day then sitting in a beer garden.

Oh waiter ! 3 more beers !

So we sat and talked...laughed....drank and ate.

Then we walked around the Prater.

and the Prater Gardens.

They dropped me off at my Vienna home away from home at the apartment of good friends Richi & Anita who, once again, let me crash at their pad.

Anita even made chili.

above, Richi stirs the chili.

A big thanks to everyone in Austria, especially the Heavy Metal Hobbits for letting me stay at their Hobbit Hole. More pics and stories from tryouts coming soon !