|hi there folks...how is everyone doing???? enjoying the beginning of a new season???? |
i think spring has officially started round here finally....we have had a beautiful week off for
spring break....and although i was not here for part of it, the part i was here for was lovely... although for the next two days they expect it to rain....a great way to end a vacation *sigh*
during this past break i was in ....but i will save that for my next update....lisbon
specifically....a town with old world charm, tasty port, tiled buildings and amazing hills....
it was very cool and i would go back.....
but a few weeks back i was in a snowy and cold for a basketball tournament, and
although i didn't see much of the city, i saw enough to know it reminded me of a bigger
....there were dogs and traffic everywhere....although the dogs were mostly curled up trying to stay warm.....some of the buildings were incredible, very russian...and there were even a few statues up honoring lenin....we had some amazing food and drink, especially ukrainian vodka....we had this honey pepper one that was outstanding....much of the food was meat based,
like most of the eastern countries, but i found some really tasty treats.....we even made it to canadian night...the canadian embassy hosts a bar night one a month and we just happened to be there for it....they even had north american snacks for sale....it was exciting :)
i was there for basketball though and the girls, well, for the first time in AISZ middle school girls basketball, won a game....it was exiting because it happened in the last two
seconds with an outside shot from our only returning player this year....it was great to watch.... otherwise we played okay....didn't win any other games, but its a learning experience, as any coach knows....however, i think this will be the last year i coach this sport as it's just not my favorite and it goes forever....now if we had lacrosse, that would be a different story....in the end you never know though.....
onto the pictures....the first is a view from the hotel we stayed in....very interesting place..
some aspects of it were modern, like the bathroon, others were not, like the communist
style building, lobby and room....very narrow, fit one bed comfortably, just bizarre, but we
were told this was a much better choice than the national hotel the coaches stayed at
before....i guess there were little old matrons in charge of each floor who took your key
from you when you left the room, waited on the floor all day and night and gave you back
your key when you came back in.....they just would wait on each floor, watching over the
keys and making sure the wrong people weren't coming into the rooms....crazy.....
as you can see from the first shot, there was still snow on the buildings and ground and
it snowed every day we were there except the last one....
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Update #24 - Kiev, Ukraine
April 11th, 2010 -