9:27 am - Geneva time - We have arrived! Flight 023 was great, relatively smooth. The 7 hour trip didn't seem that long. Customs, baggage, transportation, all went well. With the time change, it's now 1pm as I write from the lobby of the Ramada Park Hotel Geneva.
There are several differences in Europe from the United States. One is the lack of internet access. I will try to do my best to keep everyone updated on things, but at the moment, photos and video will be a bit difficult to post.
This also reminds me that tomorrow's game with Val Vanoise may be broadcast on a delayed basis. The latest word is that there may not be internet access because we are playing in a different arena than originally scheduled. I will keep you posted.
Another difference is the European computer keyboard. The Z and Y keys are reversed. Punctuation marks are in a different place, plus there are several symbols to deal with: é, ö, ä, à, £, ü, è among them.
1:10 pm Geneva Time (6:10 am central time) - Some players have met their parents, who are here for the trip, and some took off to walk the town.....actually we have a rail/bus pass through the new year. Most didn't get that far though. Some want to sleep, but it's best to stay up and get accustomed to the time change. They do know it costs $12 for a combo meal at McDonalds....good thing we have most of our meals paid for.
At 4:30 pm we are heading for the rink for a practice then to eat dinner. Hopefully, there will be more photos and video to come. I'm working on it!