Julien Boucher's world championship blog

Day 5 – September 17 – Litomysl-Bled                     

We have just arrived in Bled, Slovenia. The trip went well but was very long. If you combine the bus rides, two one-hour flights and the waiting time in Prague and Munich, it took us 15 hours to get here. It took us just as long to travel 6,500 kilometres from Ottawa to Litomysl on the day we left for overseas. Long live international travel!

Bled will be familiar territory for many of us over the next five days. Glenn Hoag coached the ACH pro team here for two seasons; Nic Cundy was a member of the Bled team for two years while Dan Lewis will return for a second season this winter. Assistant coach Vincent Pichette and I visited Glenn here last winter. Dustin Schneider trained here in March-April 2009 and Toon Van Lankvelt and Adam Kaminski played for teams in the same league as Bled last season. Adam Simac has joined the squad for the 2010-2011 season.

Glenn has managed all the arrangements and we just received our schedule from Petra the Bled club manager.

Tomorrow we train at 2 p.m. and play a match against Bled in the evening. Glenn’s former players are obviously looking forward to challenging us and apparently the match is nearly sold out.

The ACH web site will broadcast our match at: http://www.ach-volley.si/index.php?page=novice&id=1139

The team’s health is also improving.  I was even criticized for saying Justin Duff was sick which wasn’t the case. The first beer is on me Justin!

Until tomorrow.

Julien Boucher Canadian team manager.