Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The woman who will be the landlord is Emily. She is a nice Italian woman who is grateful to have the place rented and not have to "welcome a new family" every week. Her boys speak English and as an added bonus "they are ski instructors". Could you ask for more than that?. Oh and yes they run the wireless network for their mom too.
We leave Italy, for now, with a spring in our step and a mood of "this is what we signed up for."
When we trudge through the snow in cold, wintery January of 2010 we'll have Russia, Israel, Hungary, Spain, Portugal and who knows where else in our rear view mirrors looking for the adventure of the Alps ski season in front of us!
I fell like having some hot chocolate! Care to join me at Villa Astrid, Italy?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This is the first installment of, The Glavins in Europe. We recored it on August 25, 2009, in the out door cafe area at Hotel Touring. Since it is the test run we would like all positive and negative feedback to make the videos as close to perfect as possible.
EDIT: Pictures (only) are not enough; and we will work on improving the sound and speaking
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The ride out of Bolzano is uphill. It takes 1.5 hours because the slope requires a somewhat slow ascent and there are quite a number stops along the way. We have a bit of a challenge as the bus is full, the driver speaks zero English but assures us he will tell us when we get to St Christina. Each stop is filled with anxiety as we aren’t sure if this is the right stop or if we need to make a quick exit. Can you make a quick exit with 3 kids, a tired wife, 5 suitcases and 5 backpacks and husband doubling as a pack mule on this trip? Did I mention we got a few souvenirs in Berlin that needed some TLC along the great trek?
A few passengers on the bus sensed our angst and alerted us to the “STOP” and we jumped out replacing the anxiety of the bus issue with a new anxiety, finding the Hotel. “Is it uphill or downhill comes the question from the kids?” After 15 hours I’m pretty sure I said “Ask your mother.”, but probably not in such a nice tone. It was a few minutes of quizzical looks from strangers and a couple of shoulder shrugs later we discovered “downhill”. TGFSF Thanks God for Small Favors! Downhill and uphill here are very different than at home.
Our hotel looks out on the amazing vista of the Italian Alps of the Dolomite region of Val Gardena. We feed the team, we watch a concert from the patio of our hotel and the 15 hrs. journey melts away like the ice cube in my highly carbonated Sprite.
Now where do you find housing for 5 Americans in St. Christina/Ortisei? We’ll leave that anxiety for tomorrow.
On the final day of competition, Seamus, Pearse, and I thought about getting autographs, and lots of them, due to a day of finals and victory laps. On our way down to our seats in section F we noticed that now getting tons of autographs was possible. After every gold medal won by the USA, the boys ran down to the end of the isle, which was ten feet from the track, and yelled to the athletes as they went by.
Pearse was wearing one, highly favored shirt, his autograph shirt, and Seamus and I wanted to throw it out to the athletes to sign. Pearse did not. He didn’t feel comfortable standing there half naked or having his shirt thrown around. Then I noticed Seamus was wearing two shirts, the top one was to throw out to the athletes and the other to wear during the signing. I told Seamus to give Pearse his 2nd tee shirt; I threw Pearse’s shirt out to the American 4x400 Gold Medalists and they all signed it! I felt like a genius. Pearse could not stop saying, “Jeremy Warner signed my shirt!!”
Overall, the 3rd day of the World Track Championships was a top ten of the Glavin Adventure.
Last night there was a band playing at our hotel, and all of the songs were in English and all the jokes were in Italian. We walked around all night and listened to the band, they were pretty good. When I finally fell asleep I had dreams of the mountains flowing under my board.
The next day the boys had a job to go and find out where to rent, are there ski/snowboard teams, and where can we get ski passes. We were only able to find out where to rent because EVERYTHING else was closed down (I think for the summer). We also had to do our run……….and everywhere was uphill, but what do you expect in the Alps? I decided to do something very unordinary, run up a ski slope to see the view and to say, “I ran up a mountain in the Italian Alps.” Seriously, who else can say that?!? The view of the town was fantastic, unbelievable, out of this world, extraordinary, inconceivable, beyond belief, incredible, astonishing; however none of these words can describe it enough. I wish I brought the camera up, than you would know what I am talking about.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
We met quite a few athletes, coaches, and volunteers over the last five days. I must say they were all so very nice and so excited to meet the boys and sign Pearse's shirt. Even the spectators enjoyed watching the boys "in the hunt". I think we will all cherish the memories of the last six days in Berlin - at the stadium, in the hotels, and just on the street. I think this sets us up for London 2012!!! Anyone else interested in the adventure?