Now onto the volleyball part; I had my first practice with the team on Monday night. Monday nights are run by our assistant coach Victor, who is actually a former Australian beach volleyball player, who has been coaching in the Dutch beach volleyball program for the past decade. So another Aussie to make us feel like we know what's going on. There was a bit of rust coming off but good to see the general level of the team and knowing what to expect. On Tuesday we had a sit down with our head coach Rodin. Talking about the season, we learned that we don't really have a full roster of players yet, so we have a few people who only train with us and don't travel. So I still haven't met everyone whose on the team yet, but I'm told this will happen sometime next week. It's going to be a busy schedule. We had the first 3 trainings on Monday - Wednesday, then on Thursday we played a practice match against another team who got promoted from the 3rd division to the 2nd division. Then this Saturday we play a tournament somewhere (I don't really know what it's called) and that will involve 3 matches including one match against a team we will play in the Dutch league. The following weekend we will be off to some place in Belgium to play another practice match. So it's been straight into the deep end since I've been here, which is great cause it means the only thing to worry about is trying to get myself ready for the start of the season and figure out what I need to do to try and help my team be successful. It's going to be a long season. The Dutch league has expanded from 10 to 12 teams, so we have a 22 match season. Plus a few more matches in the Dutch cup. There's lots of volleyball to play, so hopefully there'll be lots for me to write about. I must apologise for the delay on my first post, so I thought I'd made it a long one to make up for it. We still don't have internet setup at our apartment yet, so I quick shout out to my friends at the Bibliotheek (I'm assuming the Dutch word for library) for kindly donating me some of their wifi for a good cause.