Surrounded by Italy, San Marino is a country that spreads a mere 61 square kilometers (that is about 23.5 miles) P.S. throughout my travels I am constantly annoyed by our lack of ability to go metric. Didn’t we all learn it in 3rd grade? Come on already!!! San Marino is the oldest surviving Republic. It’s 3 steep peaks and rugged slopes were a big reason it was a safe haven that folks left alone back in the day; it was just too difficult a terrain and too small a territory to fight over.
|Hotel is at the top of this peak in San Ramino|
San Marino has 8 political parties, elects 2 presidents every 6 months.
|One of these things is not like the other.....|
|Lorengo government building|
|Atop the Prima Torre Castle|
After crunching the numbers, Brendan and Jack decided they should begin their residency now as their window of opportunity was closing to make an Olympic Team.
|Jack & Brendan in preparation for the San Marino tryouts|
San Marino is known for perfume, lotions and stamps; but our team will remember the castles, Karaoke and their first attempt (meaning there will be more this Fall) at a Dutch Auction. Teams of 5 are asked to perform impromptu which the staff gives points to. Skits that earn the highest bid end up winning the Auction. Highlights were Jammer’s impersonation of our bus driver and the team’s take on our pre-game meetings.
One skit:, “A sports broadcast after the Huskies play a match in the College Cup.” I am embarrassed to say that one member of our team asked, “Wait! Do we win or lose the game?" Hence, one of the main reasons we are loving this trip away from the daily grind. It is clear our team knows how to work, compete and succeed when a specific task is set before them. But, in the pandemonium of life we forget how healing it is to take a breath, slow down and yes, even dream. Winning the College Cup needs to be so clear in all of our heads, we can feel the excitement, see WASHINGTON painted on the field and know we have it within our reach; it begins with a dream that we meld into a goal; together.
Huskies replicate our daily bus ride
Hillary's goal in the Final Four
|Ready! Aim! Fire!|