Sorry havnt been on in a bit my internet was out. This isnt a big deal in Russia ,as well as losing hot water with no notice or power. When you ask team to help to find out you always get “dont worry its russia”.Well that doesnt help me but thats the russian way.
My team is on a national team break ,this only means that we dont play games . We train two or three times a day. The last three days we have done a total of 500 hurdles. They dont believe in rest just how hard can work you today who cares how you feel tomorrow.We have also been skating with 25 kg vest on .This is zero fun and i dont see the point it just makes you slower .They call this week maxuim training . Its just a week to get tired and get your muscles sore .Oh well we are in russia and have to do it the russian way.
It is getting cold here and is supposed to get really cold in the winter which i am not looking forward too. Hopefully the running outside will stop when it gets too cold. There isnt much to do here as there are no malls or english movies,there are cinemas but all in russian.All i do is go to rink and back to my house usually,if its a good day may go to a cafe for some food with other english guys on team(tyler moss,nolan pratt and peter nylander(micheals brother).How boring.
Our team fired their coach and hired one of his assistants. We have won some games under this guy so thats good. We still are one of the bottom teams but its close and a few wins could put us in playoff position.The hockey is alot different the north america as its a bigger ice surface so it seems faster due to the fact that its is more swinging and less stops and starts.It isnt as physical either thats for sure,but there is alot of talent here .
Few things i find strange here are you shake hands every morning with everybody you see at rink.Great for the flu (always carry anti bacterial lotion). When you pay for something the money is not exchanged hand to hand you place it down they pick it up and same with change.There isnt much holding doors for each other and when you do ,you never here a thank you.In hospitals and other building you must buy slip over sheets for your shoes so you dont get building dirty .Well i will keep you posted next week as we go on road for a few games .