Starting Europe 2010I’ve taken off to Europe once again for a 3 month vacation. I wouldn’t actually call it a vacation because I end up doing a lot of work during my travels but I do have so much fun that it would be hard to call it a work vacation. For some who don’t know, I go to Europe for most summers to compete on the World Cup climbing circuit. An online schedule can be found on the IFSC Website. I’ve already competed in one world cup this year which was held at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail. I was placed in 4th after a great qualifying round but during the semi-finals, I didn’t do so well and dropped back down to 16th. It was an unfortunate world cup and my second worst placement in a world cup. Oh well, I guess you can’t do well in all of them, unless your name is Kilian Fischhuber. My next competition will be held in Eindhoven, Netherlands on the 25 and 26th of June. A week after that competition there will be another world cup in Sheffield, UK. Last year in Eindhoven, I didn’t even make semi finals, so I’m hoping that I can redeem myself and at least qualify for the second round of competition. I’ve created a partial calender of the events that I plan on attending this year which I’ve pasted below: June 25-26th, Eindhoven World Cup 27-July 2nd, Amsterdam July 3-4th, Sheffield World Cup 12-13th, Chamonix World Cup 16-18th, Arco pre-World Championships 22-24th, TAB, L’argentiere 30-31st, Munich World Cup September 9-12th, Edinburgh Youth World Championships As you can see, I don’t have much going on in August. There’s a few ideas floating around my head. Mathilde has a few competitions during that month and I’ll hopefully be able to go and watch. I’m also hoping that I can arrange for one of my Vancouver friends to come visit. It’s always so much fun when you meet one of your friends in Europe. A couple of years ago, I came to Europe with JJ Mah and Marshal German for 2 months which was amazing. Another great thing that has happened in my life is another car in Europe. Mathilde, her parents and one of Mathilde’s friends have all come together to make it possible for me to have another car in Europe. It’s actually pretty crazy to get a car in France. It’s not like in North American where you just buy a car, put your name on it, then go insure it. In France, you have to get a “grey card” which is something different than the owner of the car, then you have to get it to pass an inspection (something much more detailed than “air care”). Lastly, you have to insure it for a whole year, you can’t just insure a car for a day, a month, or three. Weird eh… The only thing you can do (in my 3 month Europe case) is to insure the car for a whole year, then sell your car to someone so they can take over the insurance or change it. It’s just really weird, I’ve spend the last 3 days making random trips to the mechanic, insurance place, and a place that makes new plates. All I can say now is I’m glad that it’s almost over and I’ll have a car for the whole summer. The car that I have now is a Citroen ZX Break. It should be good for the 3 months I’ll be in Europe!
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