Olivia Rosemann/Lindsey Grigg/ Savannah Lockwood
St. Louis Synergy Junior
Tuesday, January 20th
After taking the windy, picturesque trek home (involving several incidences of scrambling for cameras to capture the perfect kodak moment) we settled into the hotel and prepared for a day of sightseeing. We could be easily identified as “a pack of marshmallows” in our warm, puffy white jackets! The team took a brief tour of the competition arena, paying attention specifically to the ambience and environment we would soon be competing in. After a short picture by the “RedBull Eisarena,” We took a short walk across the bridge and arrived on our first opportunity to buy the infamous Mozart Chocolate that appeared on our pillows the first day! After several pops into stores and with arms full, we stopped for dinner at Zwettler’s. Meals included a variety of spinach dumplings, Wiener schnitzel, and homemade gelato. You couldn’t go wrong with anything on the menu!
After dinner we strolled through Old Salzburg on our way home. We settled in for the night and prepared for another full day!
Wednesday, January 22nd
Today was the first day we didn’t take take the hour long bus trek through the mountain side to the practice rink. While I don’t miss shifting into inhuman positions in attempt to get comfortable and sneak another few minutes of sleep in. I will miss the view. Every bus ride my teammates and I gawk at the scenery outside, whether they were here last year or new to the team. The neat rows of trees melt into sprawling meadows broken only by rivers and ponds and small old shops and houses. Then the lush, green meadows blend seamlessly into jagged mountains erupting from the ground and towering above wearing a crown of clouds. Nestled amongst the rocky cliff side are small chalets reminiscent of ornate gingerbread houses. When I take the ice I draw inspiration from the sights for it was skating that brought me here. I pour my heart into each arm, smile, and turn not only for myself and my teammates, but for skating as well. For the sport we all love and that graced me with this adventure.
Thursday, January 23rd
Yesterday our team began our sightseeing with a visit to the Makartsteg, known as the “love lock” bridge. We took a city bus there and amused a group of German school children, “Englisch! Englisch!” they shouted as they heard us speak. They giggled as Coach Ramona struggled with the machine that stamps the bus passes. When we arrived the photos began instantaneously and the passersby stared. We all pulled out our locks we brought from home, decorated in sharpies or stickers to declare our love to friend or family. After we placed them on the bridge and ceremoniously tossed our keys into the river locking our love forever! We then enjoyed looking through the thousands of locks. We discovered one that had “RAMONA” (as in Coach Ramona Peterson) in large cutout letters and decided it was a sign of good things to come!
After the lock bridge we visited “Festung Hohensalzburg”, the fortress that sits high above Salzburg. All the travel literature boast the amazing views to be seen from the fortress, however, the fog that covered the city obscured the views we may have seen. When we took photos the background was pure white. After our tour we began our hike back down to town. We walked all in a row and belted out songs from the Sound of Music! We spent the rest of the evening exploring Old Town Salzburg before resting up for short program today.