A picture is worth a thousand words….
Monday April 29, 2013 Zagreb, Croatia
The Black Panthers played the Innsbruck Raiders yesterday and it was broadcast live on the Raider web site. They lost 21-46 so are now 0-5. The good news is the team is still afloat, the bad news is the next game is a return engagement with the Raiders, this time in Innsbruck.
In the meantime we spent Friday afternoon walking along the wide streets of Vienna and also purchased our train tickets to Zagreb. In the evening we helped Toby’s wife Sylvia celebrate here birthday. It was to be a three day party.
Because a picture is better than a thousand words I thought I’d just give you a collage of photos from the weekend.
Central Europe had no spring this year. Three weeks ago it was still snowing and today it was 83. A bit windy but the hang gliders and wind surfing crowd loved it. .
The lake is the ‘Neusiedlersee’ and is located about thirty miles from downtown Vienna. It was packed with about 10,000 young people enjoying sun and fun after six months of record cold temperatures.
Nancy and I did our best to keep up, but fell a bit short.
On Sunday the birthday celebration continued with a party next to the Danube canal, which winds through the city. It’s connected to the main Danube channel and a hot spot for joggers and bikers. They’ve built this little bocci ball area surrounded by a restaurant and bar and a huge sand area for sunbathers and kids to play. All right in the middle of Vienna. Nice would not be a strong enough adjective to describe the scene.
Nancy visiting with Toby. He was a skinny defensive back when I arrived to coach in Vienna. That was 1994 and I quickly moved him to wide receiver where he became an All-Star. More importantly he became, along with many other players, a great friend. We are God parents to his twelve year old son Linus.
Toby and Silvia with there two year old son Timo.
It was a day long bocci ball tournament. They have one every Sunday. I was blown away by the skill, simply amazing.
After our three very nice days in Vienna we left by train at 4:03 pm. We arrived on time at 10:42 pm after a restful six plus hour journey. The cousin of our host here in Zagreb met us and we taxied to the apartment, a five minute ride that wouldn’t have been easy walking and carrying luggage and bags of stuff for our three month stay. We got settled in easily enough and our long day ended as planned. Tomorrow I’ll meet with the team president and we’ll figure out what my role will be here in Zagreb, capitol of Croatia.