Friday, January 15, 2010


After class today Hubick and I went to the gym on campus. Now before some of you stop reading this because you know I have to be lying if Im talking about going to the gym, stop and realize that everyone told me that while in Europe I should try as many new things as possible, and this I decided would be one of them. To join the KingFisher is 200 euro. So you know that there is no way Im joining, but today was free trial day, or so we thought, so Hubick and I thought it would be a good learning experience to see what fit people do when they come here. When we get to the desk we find out that it is not free gym day and before turning around and leaving on the spot, the lady understands that we are dumb Americans and didn’t realize that the free trial was really last week and for only the first 50 people. We get in, and work out for a total of possibly 45 minutes, worst part of the day, and quickly hurry down to the pool, the one reason we really wanted to go. We jump in the pool, without a required swim suit but instead just a pair of gym shorts. Immediately the pool attendant comes over yells at us and makes us wear swim caps. It was my first time with a cap on, not as much fun as I thought they were and definitely not as effective. There was probably 4 other people in the pool too, we were in the lane labeled “slow.” After realizing that we weren’t even really swimming the people around us started to get pretty pissed. Thinking that there should be a lane designated for Americans we left the pool, went in the steam room, and jumped in the required shower area to rinse off. I took a shower washing every body part with actual soap; including all my major crevices; including in between my toes and in my belly button which I never did before but sort of enjoyed. I washed my hair with adult formula shampoo and used cream rinse for that just-washed shine. I can't seem to find my toothbrush, so I'll pick one up when I go out today. Other than that, I'm in good shape. Realizing we have no towels we went to the changing village- an area that girls and guys both can use together for last minute touches before they leave the changing area- and we used the hair dryers to dry off. Which we were then yelled at by a gym worker because we were going to fry to dryers doing that. Laughing at the fantastic spa day we just had we looked on the bulletin board and saw the next free gym day in on the 21st. Spa Day part 2 is definitely happening, just going to remember a towel.


  1. Shower caps are a European thing Jimmy. I glad to hear you are cleaning yourself more in Ireland than you do at home!!!! Do you get the hawk games? ha! love Dad

  2. Haha, this is all too familiar...i'm laughing and crying at the same time. Absolutely love the home alone shout out-well played bro.