June 22nd Arise in San Marino and off to the Adriatic Coast to check out the Italian Riviera.
|Rimini at dinner time|
|Kelsea Brajkovich, Lindsey Bos & Jaclyn Softli|
|Boys sticking together on the beach|
We arrived in Venice via boat to St. Mark’s Square where we had half a day to see the immense city.
|Rose Baker and Kasha Roseta|
|XL Travel Guru John Dickinson & Ben Griffin|
|Venice; a great place to lose yourself|
|The Archers in the Piazza|
Many floated past the shops, the Basilica, the Prisons, Dodge’s Palace via gondola while others were curious to go deep into the city via narrow streets and throngs of people to find the perfect memento.
|Newlyweds, according to Alfonzo the gondoliere|
|The Piazza inVenice|
However, once we walked deeper into the city it was amazing how each of us just wanted to go ‘a little further’ or see what the next cobblestone street or canal lead us to.
Up to this point, each bus back to the hotel has been full of chatter; either about how that was their new favorite city, how they wanted to stay longer, or how many gelatos our trainer Chris Melton had consumed.
|Let's meet back at that one bridge... you know... with the boats underneath|
Slowly but surely, the mealtime seating arrangements began changing. Early on they were predictable: roommates together, the freshmen class… what you would expect. Our time together is allowing our team time to realize we do have plenty in common and at the same time appreciating and enjoying each others differences. They have learned it is more fun than always staying in their comfort zone. Ben and Nick are steering clear of their boring parents and finding a seat next to a Husky. They have been watching the Huskies play since they were born, they know them by jersey number and position. I am happy they get to hang with fantastic young women at a young age. Between the castles and pizza, the boys can only soak up so much history so they constantly ask: “When is the next game?”
Lesle split the team into groups that will study, take photos, and present once back on American soil. Topics to be discussed are; Religion, Politics, Sports and Art & Culture. It is no coincidence that players who were grouped together have different backgrounds and opinions about their topic. Some players originally were hesitant to fight for their point of view, others frantically scribbling on a receipt to make sure the fact they heard was not forgotten. I look forward to hearing their points of view.
Throughout our journey many have been appalled that a public restroom can cost one Euro. I wonder what their take will be when they return to the states and they hit the public restroom. I hope at least one thinks, “I would pay a Euro to have a clean toilet seat, a door that latches, some t.p. and a floor that isn’t damp” I think a spotless public restroom is worth the Euro. Then again, I am not a college student… and the age where my quads are on fire when I have to hover over the seat.
|Heading back to the hotel|