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Blog #6: December 2, 2010
I cannot believe it is December. Time is flying by! I had an exciting past week with the first major snowfall of the season last Friday. We had approximately 20 centimetres of snow and at the end of the day, I had to walk home uphill for 10 kilometres (ok, ok, yes I am exaggerating a bit). It was more like 3 kilometres but it was definitely uphill! The buses could not make it up the hill and so walking was one of the only options. It was a nice way to enjoy the first snowfall. It has been snowing on and off since last Friday.
Last night, after watching the TVR Rottenburg men’s professional volleyball team beat the RWE Volleys Bottrop – Bottrop is close to Koln (North West region of Germany), I was convinced I would have to walk home again. With the heavy snowfall starting in the afternoon and continuing throughout the evening, the buses were very scarce. Luckily for me, one of my work colleague who was also at the game offered me a ride! Danke Anke!
By the way, I should point out that TVR Rottenburg won the game. It was their 2nd win of the season and their 1st win at home. They have played 7 games so far in the season.
Last Saturday, I had the chance to go with one of my colleagues, Verena Burk, to the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart to see the UCI [Union Cycliste Internationale – International Cycling Federation] World Championships in Cycle Ball and Artistic Cycling.
I was completely blown away by these 2 disciplines of cycling. First, let me clarify that I have never seen or heard anything about cycle ball or artistic cycling. Cycle ball or radball as they call it here consists of 2 athletes per team on bicycles trying to get a ball into the net of the opposing team – they use their bikes to move the ball and/or to block the ball from their net. Unbelievable – I said that word a lot during my spectating experience! I have included pictures with this blog.
The next event I had the pleasure of seeing was artistic cycling (kunstrad), women’s pairs. The event consists of a routine on the bicycle, in this case, with 2 athletes along to music for a period of 5 minutes. The athletes started their routine on their own bicycle and then near the half way point transitioned to using only one bicycle. Two students from the Universität Tübingen were competing in the finals, Katharina Wurster and Jasmin Soika. Katharina is in the sport management program here and Jasmin’s studies are in education. Their performance was impressive and in the end they won the world championship title! Verena wrote up a little blurb about the athletes’ accomplishments on the sport institute web page.
The Schokoladen Festival started this week – I have not had a chance to participate yet but I will most certainly take an active part in this festival, probably more than once. I will also start visiting the ever so popular Christmas markets in the region.
Until next week ...