Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Second Chances and Switzerland

I am not sure if it was the fact that we got to play with 5 players the entire game, or that we didn't have to leave at 5 am to drive across Germany to play, but the second time around with Alba Berlin went much better than the first. I personally had an off shooting night, but the rest of the team definitely picked up the slack.  But for a few acrobatics, the game was not too exciting and we came away with an easy win.  

The victory bumped us up in the standings into a 3 way tie for second place with 4 regular season games left (2 of which are against the teams we are tied with). We need to get a few wins to secure home court advantage for as much of the playoffs as possible.

Because we played on Friday night, I had a long weekend break and headed south to Geneva for a few days. For the first time since I have been out here, I wished it had been a little colder when a planned hike in the Alps was cancelled due to a lack of snow! Besides that minor set back, and the fact that Geneva is the 9th most expensive city in the world, the trip was a blast. 

We started off with a day trip to Lausanne, a city of 100,000 located on Lake Geneva and famous for its Cathedral.

The second day we bused across the border into France and took a gondola up Mont Saleve. The ride only took 5 minutes, but by the time we were dropped off the temperature had dropped at least 20 degrees and we were literally in the clouds. The visibility was about 10 feet and the only saving grace was a little hot dog and hot chocolate stand.

For some reason we decided to keep hiking up the mountain, but this turned out to be the best decision of the day. After about 15 minutes, we got up out of the clouds and had an amazing view of the Alps.

On the last day of the trip I explored the city of Geneva itself, seeing the famous Jet d'eau which shoots 143 gallons of water per second over 400 feet high...

As well as the slightly anti-clamatic, but still cool, Flower Clock of Geneva.

Although my wallet is happy to be back in Germany, the trip was a lot of fun and I am excited for my parents to get out here in a couple weeks to do some more traveling!

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