Great first day in Germany. Arrived all safe but an absolutely awful flight, worst one in my 27 years. Around Chicago we hat to cross the jet stream and it made for a bumpy 20-30 minutes, yes, long time. And to top that off, we had several SCREAMING kids, not crying mind you, with some apathetic parents. A few short glances from Coach Ed helped calm one of the kids, but seriously??? Nonetheless, not much sleep so we are all pretty much exhausted.
After short 1 hour bus ride we arrived at the Fortress in Koblenz, in a youth hostel which was our home for day. Great fortress built in 1870 and overseeing the Rhine River, pretty cool stuff. Quick check in, change our clothes, and a run and workout for about 30 minutes. Its cool here, about 65 and rainy and raining and very wet.
Kids are 6 to a room with beds and linens, etc, and had a great first meal, spaghetti and meat sauce and salad and soup and bread and pudding, and German potato salad and each and every player cleaned their plate. We have only been here for a few hours but already the staff has commented that we are their best group ever and they love our discipline. Go figure.
The outdoor public viewing was canceled so we just watched the game in the hostel all together and what a beating Germany put on the Brazilians, never saw that coming.
Still no situps, which is incredible but I am sure tomorrow will bring a few hundred. It was Hoppy's bday so we all sang and gave him some ice cream.
6:30 am breakfast club and then after breakfast, a bus transfer to Flensburg.