Well, it is not exactly day one. I made up my calendar based on the published meet schedule. It did not say it at the time, but we found out that today and tomorrow are practice days. The first day of the competition will be Monday. Today they started registration, it will continue tomorrow. The opening parade is tomorrow night at 8:00. p.m.
The weather today did not look very good for flying. Overcast with lower clouds. Bruce and I decided not to fly. We had Nancy drive through some of the valleys to the south to look at the topography and the local culture. Ron, Jim and Davis drove up to launch. Only Jim flew, later in the day, after it had stopped raining. He said he had an enjoyable flight and was able to stay up for an hour.
The Austrians seem to try just about every sport. We drove over to a large lake and found a skin diving school. The are ski resorts about every 10 miles and most of the ski resorts also have some type of summer activity going on (water slides, pools, miniature golf etc.) to help pay the bills.
There is no tipping for restaurant service in this part of the country, actually no tipping for any service. When we tried to tip the maid, they gave it back. All of the hotels we have stayed at in Germany and Austria have very similar rooms. These hotels have been out in the country. You get a room with either a single or double bed. A double bet is two single beds pushed together or two separate single mattresses. In any case there is a wooden divider between the mattresses or there is a space between the mattresses. We have never had sheets and blankets on the beds. The beds have mattress covers and each mattress has what we have nicknamed a "bed burrito". It is a heavy quilt inside of a duvet (a bag like sheet). Each day they change the mattress cover and the duvet.
None of the hotels have been heated. They must like it cold in the rooms here. That would explain the heavy quilts. The toilets do not have a tank on them. The tank is built flush (no pun intended) into the wall. The flush handle is not a handle, it is a lever that pushes into the wall. They also have a water saving feature where you can push on the top of the lever and stop the flow of water at any stage of the flush cycle. The toilets are either floor or wall mounted, but they empty out a pipe in the wall, not a pipe in the floor.
Most of the hotels have had either motion sensors or timers to turn on the hall lights. The ones with timers are set to only a few minutes. When you leave your room at night it is usually dark unless someone else has walked down the hall recently. The power in Germany and Austria has been 220V. I have been using a wall converter that changes it down to 110V and I plug a power strip into that, which allows me to plug in my 5 battery chargers (laptop, camera, MAHA charger, 2-AA chargers).
This was a church in the middle of a town we drove through. What does not show well in the picture are the gilded hands on the tower clock (which had the correct time) or the mural on the side of the church. The main highway passes just a few feet to the left of the church.
We had dinner for the second time, in a very nice pizza restaurant called "Pizza Bambini". Jim, Bruce, Nancy and I all sat outside, under the patio. The portions are huge and the waiters are very nice/ patient. Bruce is getting quite good at his German. He didn't get slapped even once today ;-). Afterwards we returned to the Fliegercamp for ice cream. Nancy ordered a tiny bottle of "sweet snappes". It had a picture of a hang glider on the label, with the information about the World Meet 2004, Greifenburg. We will have to bring home a few of these.