Day 1-2 in Italy…Day 3-4ish of the journey:
|Waiting to enter San Siro Stadium: Lesle's still got it!|
Our team did unbelievably well during the 48 hours of travel and arriving early morning in Milan. Being whisked away immediately to San Siro Stadium for a tour was just what the jet lag Gods ordered.
Everyone was immediately introduced to what the soccer culture in Italy’s top division, Serie A, is like.
|Stine Schoening... don't ask :)|
Lesle was personally disappointed that we’d just missed the BOSS (Springsteen) playing San Siro, but that’s life!
|Jammer sitting in Beckhams old spot|
|Laundry Bin Cover for AC Milan|
|Kelsea Brajkovich and Linsday Elston rub elbows with the greats!|
|Allie Beahan & Annie Sittauer strike a pose in Milan|
After the San Siro we were off to the city center of Milan where we walked the area, shopped and admired the Duomo, the castle, and all of the historic sites of this great Northern Italian city.
Although in a bit of a fog, the team, staff and family members did a good job of soaking everything in! The XL Staff did a good job of keeping us busy day one to help us shake the jet lag on Day 2 in Italy. We checked into Hotel Leonardi DaVinci and quickly changed and headed to a local soccer club to train.
We basically did enough to flush out the system, stretch after the long travel days and get even dingier than we already were…. finally back to the hotel, showers and our first Italian dinner! YUM and GOOD NIGHT. Nick, Ben and Zach continue to be outstanding travelers. I think they miss the RV in Germany just a tad….but the trade off of hanging out with 23 college women has helped soften the blow.
Wednesday, June 19th:
Isabel Farrell loves to shop.
Up and at ‘em this morning and on to Tuscany and the wonderful city of Florence to enjoy more religious, art and geographic history, as well as take in the outstanding shopping and vistas. We admired the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, and the S. Maria del Fiore
|Isabel and Katey in front of the Ponte Vecchio Bridge; the oldest bridge in Florence|
We had a guided tour from a German man named Reiner,
|Reiner, Zach, Nick and Ben|
Next we headed to the fields of AC Firenze where coach Vanni Sartina and Sorbi Artillio trained our team. It was an excellent training comprised of technical work, possession and finishing. Amy, Brendan and I were happy to hear that many of the coaching points made to the players were the same points we make to them…maybe we should speak in Italian? Bona notte! Spell?