It’s hard to believe I’ve only been overseas for 6 days now. So much has happened! So far, I’ve had a practice session with both the Straubing and Lohhof 2nd division teams here in Germany. They went very well and I will be in contact with the Lohhof coach regarding next season! The Lohhof coach and team were very hospitable and friendly. On my way there, I took the wrong train and was fairly late getting picked up by the head coach. I found him standing outside the station with a volleyball and asking for a “Chelsey Walter”. I felt so terrible, but he was sweet about it and understanding when I finally introduced myself. I never want to make that mistake on a train again, it was terrifying! After practice that night, the ladies invited me to dinner at an Italian restaurant across from the sport complex. We talked and laughed and they asked a lot of questions! I loved getting to hear their stories of how they made their ways onto the team. I stayed that night in an apartment with some of the players. All of the players varied in age, ranging from 18 to 29 years old. The next morning I woke up to a very nice breakfast laid out for me by one of the players. I packed, ate, and said my goodbyes before I had to catch a train to Salzburg, Austria.
I was meeting Christy there to play tourist for the day! The train ride was beautiful, especially when the Alps came into view. We couldn’t have asked for better weather that day. It was sunny and blue skies everywhere we looked. Christy showed me everything! The castle, the churches, town squares, FOOD, cemeteries, her secret spot! I experienced Salzburg in a matter of a few hours! I can’t wait to go back again someday.
I’m currently on a train headed for Offenburg, Germany. I will practice tonight and tomorrow night with them and stay with girls on the team. I have so much down time tomorrow that I might even be able to catch a train to Strasbourg, France before practice. Then on Thursday, the 9th, I will take a train from Offenburg to Lucerne, Switzerland for my final try out of the trip.
More to come!