Patty Schnyder's Brussels Blog: Thursday
Published May 19, 2011 12:00
BRUSSELS, Belgium - One of the most accomplished players (and bloggers) on the WTA writes the latest blog this week, as Patty Schnyder brings us all the latest from the inaugural Brussels Open in Brussels. Read on...
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Hello one last time from Brussels...
All week I was telling you how I wanted to see some things in Brussels before I left, and I really did do that today. I mentioned the Atomium a few times and we did go there today finally. It was cool - to get to the top of the molecule you can take the stairs, the escalator or... the roller coaster! I expected some more scientific stuff there but it was still informative. They built that structure for the Expo in '58 and the views from the top were breathtaking, you can walk in a 360 and enjoy it all. It wasn't the bluest sky, but it was still beautiful. I took a picture from the top and have put it in the blog here... you can see the tennis stadium in it, but the center court is a bit hidden by trees. Still a very nice picture.
The other place we went to is right next to the Atomium, it's like a Miniature Europe and has small versions of all the famous landmarks in Europe! I've posted a picture of me with the Arc de Triomphe (I thought it would be appropriate with me going there next!) Anyway it's a big garden and you follow paths and play with interactive stuff, national anthems, rivers with remote controlled boats... it was really neat. There wasn't anything from Switzerland there, of course, because we're not part of the EU... but Sandra Klemenschits came with us and we found a lot from Austria. We same some ancient landmarks from Malta, which I didn't even know about before... Anyway there was also a waterpark for kids next door and the place has all kinds of fun.
I have another story to tell from today... before we left to see the sights, we went to the gym, Sandra and I. I was running on the treadmill and started to smell something burning... at first we thought maybe it was from cars but then we figured out - I was burning rubber. Literally. I was doing speed intervals and the smell was coming from the track. I had to go to the lobby for some fresh air!
Right now we're just hanging out in the room, watching a play-off game from a German soccer league. We follow it a lot when we're home. I don't really follow the teams too much but I'm interested to see who's going to win. One team was in last place in their league then a Swiss coach has helped them come back and win so many matches and make that relegation. They still have a chance to be in the first league next year... we'll see!
I have an afternoon train to Paris tomorrow - a fast one, it goes over 220kph - then I'm already practicing in the afternoon. Looking forward to another Slam...
Thanks to all of you for reading this week and your support, as always :)