Monday, February 13, 2006

surf's up, dude!

Am I the only one who didn't know that snowboarding is an Olympic sport? Very entertaining, but they should really get those boys some pants that fit.

Speaking of pants that fit, I watched the Olympic mens' cross-country on the weekend. Yum. Many of you may disagree, but I must say that for me there is just nothing better than a trim man dashing through the snow in a tight ski suit. OK, call me superficial.

Speaking of dashing through the snow, Boy12's class left this morning for a 5-day ski trip to the Harz Mountains where they will be cross-countrying their little buns off. Even though Boy12 has never been on skis before, I'm sure he'll do fine. Either that, or he'll fall down a lot and have a fantastic time anyway. Nothing like sleeping in the same room with 5 of your best buddies for four nights. I wonder how tired he'll be when he gets back?

They'll be staying in a place called Torfhaus in a really great looking youth hostel and plan to tackle northern Germany's highest mountain, the Brocken, 1142 metres above sea level. I was just reading something interesting about the Brocken - it's noted for the phenomenon of the 'Brocken Bow', also known as the 'Brocken Spectre' or the 'Glory', an optical phenomenon which is believed to be the reason that the Brocken is often referred to as a witches' haven. Read all about it here.

I seem to have caught yet another cold, thus the lack of posting on the weekend, but should be back to my normal verbose self during the rest of this week.


At February 13, 2006 10:21 p.m., Blogger Haddock said...

Interesting stuff about the Brocken - I learn all sorts of interesting things here! :)

At February 13, 2006 10:40 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

I am tired of the Olympics already after watching the men's downhill last night and the Americans' disappointing performances. (OK, we are a little hyper-competitive.) Could Bode Miller BE any more overrated? (And just kind of weird?) The snowboarding was fun to watch and redeemed the night in my mind. That Flying Tomato kid is a trip.

I do admit, you're right, the skiiers looked good in those pants. If you are looking for pants that fit, that's the sport to watch. And then they wear those sunglasses to add the element of intrigue. Yum! My boyfriend has had the TV permanently set to the Olympics and I was complaining that we couldn't watch anything else all weekend... but then I decided the pants redeemed the sport.

Feel better soon!

At February 13, 2006 10:54 p.m., Blogger christina said...

haddock - I don't know why I never bothered to look up that stuff before, it really is interesting.

Angie - Ah, I see we agree on many things. I LOVED the Flying Tomato! What a hoot.

At February 14, 2006 12:01 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...

We've been glued to the Olympics here. The only thing to rival the tight ski suits of the cross country skiiers are the tight suits of the speed skaters.


At February 14, 2006 1:15 a.m., Blogger Sandra said...

Sounds like your son will have a wonderful time. They will have a blast and skip many showers.

At February 14, 2006 1:34 a.m., Anonymous lillian said...

... my daughter is home and life is back to the normal. HOpe your son has a great week !!

At February 14, 2006 3:23 a.m., Blogger Nyana said...

Very interesting stuff about the mountain. Who knew?
I was watching some snowboarding as well and they're all so young! And, never got the pants either - what happens if they end up around your ankles all of us sudden? (or are the pants mind controlled to stay that way?) fashion was much simpler when i was that age.
how nice for boy12 he gets a chance to getaway, be crazy with his buddies and come home to parents! do you miss that life?

At February 14, 2006 4:45 a.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Christina - I love learning about the world and as I think the more knowledge about a country the better. It's great to play tourist guide and know of so many places in this world.

But you know, I don't know Germany all that well and every time you start talking about German towns, I have to bust out my favorite map and read up about the area. I so want to go back there and explore. By the way, I'm guessing my relatives live in the near distance (say within 100kms) of you. Last time I actually looked up the village was in about 2002 and as I recall it was around Bielefeld. (which by the way I've heard how exciting it is there. Cow tipping could be a hobby!)

At February 14, 2006 6:41 a.m., Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Ohh I couldn't agree more, fit men dashing through the snow in tight gear, i am watching the winter olympics for that and that only :-)

At February 14, 2006 7:46 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

Boy12 will have a great time, I am sure (though if he isn't used to doing cross country, it might be quite a workout for him).

Get rid of that cold soon!

At February 14, 2006 9:53 a.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Gaaaawd, sport...well, I've mine going on anyway: Coghing, wheezing and knitting. I hope you'll get better soon, too!

BTW, nobody gave me the antibiotics. I've them here myself (took them with me from Thailand) worries, my mum's a pharmacist...and it's quite normal in our family to take antibiotics ourselves. And yes, we always complete the course (10 days...7 days at the least).

At February 14, 2006 10:00 a.m., Blogger Léons Life said...

Those speed skater I can't get over the size of their thighs.

Wow amazing ...

At February 14, 2006 12:10 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Dixie - Yum indeed. But the thighs on those speed skaters scare the bejeezus out of me!

Sandra - I'm expecting him to come home all stinky. He's not quite at the generally smelly teenager level yet, but some of his friends are pretty ripe sometimes. :-)

lillian - I'm sure you must be so happy to have her back. I hope she had a good time despite the homesickness.

Nyana - The snowboarders look like little boys and I really did keep expecting their pants to slide right off. Maybe they sew them on or something so they only *look* cool but aren't going anywhere.

Oh yes, I certainly do miss the life of a student. I went on some very memorable field trips in my day.

Expat - Yes, it's so interesting to read up on all this stuff. I'm not quite sure where Bielefeld is, but if it's anything like here, then yes, cow tipping is the most exciting thing going. I heard a warning on the radio this morning that a bunch of bulls were loose and running all over a town close to us. :-):-)

Tat - I agree - where else can you ogle good-looking men and get away with it in the name of monumental athletic achievement?

Karen - I bet they'll all be really sore. Boy12 isn't that athletic, but he does like outdoor activities. At least they'll have the weekend to recover.

Elemm - Well, as long as you promise to finish all your antibiotics right to the end like a good boy! Hope you feel better soon.

Leon's life - I know! The thighs are unbelievable. I can't imagine how the women even find clothes that fit over those monsters.

At February 14, 2006 1:39 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Very interesting stuff about the Brocken. I'm sure Boy12 will have the time of his life - and very little sleep.

And well built men in tight suits: Yum! :-)

At February 14, 2006 1:45 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Oh, and Bielefeld is at the height and East of Münster, and about 120 km south-west of Hannover.

At February 14, 2006 5:59 p.m., Blogger melusina said...

I love the snowboarding! Some of it is very impressive. We've been watching the Olympics off an on, I love the winter games.

The Brocken sounds very cool!!

At February 14, 2006 6:05 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

You kinda stole my thunder, Christina, about the Brocken and the witches' haven. Goslar was full of witches everywhere and I was gonna do a post on that come May 1st. But just maybe I'll have to do it sooner, if you don't mind me referring folks to this post :)

Boy12 will have a hoot, and Boy9 will get lots of special alone time with Mommy and Daddy!

At February 14, 2006 7:13 p.m., Blogger christina said...

canadianswiss - I'm glad someone around here is good at geography!

melusina - The snowboarding is great, isn't it? Those boys are very talented. I can't wait to see the winter games in Vancouver - most likely only on TV though. :-(

ginnie - Very sorry! We'll have to synchronize our posts from now on. :-):-) I think you should wait until Walpurgisnacht and do your post then. I'm sure you've got some interesting stuff and some great pictures.

At February 14, 2006 7:23 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Well, that was just a lucky shot. I knew it couldn't be that far away, because we have friends living in that region. And gave me the distance *blush*

At February 15, 2006 12:14 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...

Christina, you and your family should visit Wernigerode sometime. It's the cutest little town and they've got all that fun, witchy stuff since the town is located in that area of the Harz.


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