Honestly, I don’t know a lot about blogging so when I was wrangled – I mean asked, to do a blog this year, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into but here I am so we’ll see how it goes. You’ll let me know.
My most recent experience with blogging is actually through my fiancé, who is looking at wedding blogs looking at photographers and videographers but that’s really as far as my past experience goes with this medium. She’s mostly done the looking but I’ve kind of been peeking over her shoulder to see what’s going on. Maybe I’ll look at some of those for inspiration as we get going here.
I had a fantastic summer so I’m going to talk a bit about that in my blogging debut. I went to South Africa for the World Cup for two weeks and that was an experience. I don’t know if I could’ve stayed past that because any longer than that and it’s too long to be away from North America and away from training. We went to four games during the tournament and they were a lot of fun.
The highlight of my trip, though, was when we got in the cage with the great white sharks. If you get a chance to do it, I highly recommend it – it was incredible.
We went to Robben Island, saw Nelson Mandel’s cell and did the whole Robben Island tour. It was pretty amazing. One of the cool things from that experience is that all the tour guides are people who were incarcerated there at one point and he was really great and just had so many stories to tell.
They know things that only they could know so it was a privilege to get to hear those stories. He told us how there was different literature passed around among the inmates, little tricks they had to keep educating themselves, to keep up on the different people working for them on the outside.
That’s what I took away from that the most is how they’re able to keep up the resistance even inside the prison. Our tour guide was in there for 11 years and he was in the same cell block as Nelson Mandela so he actually knew him.
This was my first time to South Africa but I’ve been to Zambia and Botswana before. My fiancée Emily worked for a organization called Grassroots soccer doing aids education and prevention over there after college so I was lucky enough to get to visit her for a couple of weeks. We also went to Zanzibar, which is a small island off of Tanzania, it was the best place in Africa. I can’t wait to go back but it’s on the to do list. I went there in the summer of 2008 and I still think about going back there.
Summer was amazing but I’m ready for the season to start and being here, seeing everyone at camp, it’s all starting up again so I’m excited. As far as camp goes, there’s a lot of competition with a lot of good players here so it’s not going to be an easy three days here.
I’m very happy to back in Penticton and to see some familiar faces and places. I played here for year with the Panthers in the BCHL and to be back in the rink definitely brings up a feeling a nostalgia.
I just saw Murray who was our equipment guy and jack-of-all trades, who’s working with the Vees so I’m looking forward to saying hi to him. I remember everyday coming to the rink and knowing that you’re going to get something good from Murray everyday. He’s always so happy and pleasant and happy to see you. He was always rolling up to the rink everyday on his bike and giving us a big high five so that’s memorable about him. I haven’t seen him in a while so it’s was nice to see a recognizable face.
But it’s back to business and back on the ice in the morning. I feel like I’m ready but on the first day, you never feel like you’re ready to get into the playoffs or anything but I feel good out there so hopefully I’ll just continue to feel better beginning in the morning.
Let me know your thoughts, questions, and comments!