Aug. 19, 2012
I'm back but this time I'm writing to you from almost 5,000 miles away in Italy, as you already probably knew. The trip to Italy has been the trip of a lifetime for myself and for the rest of the team. I had never been out of the country until now and realize that I may have to invest in a few vacations to Europe, as I get older.
Back to basketball though, we played a little bit of a tougher foe on Saturday night in Pallacanestro Bassano del Grappa; quite the mouthful, I know. This team gave us a little bit of a tougher test and playing in only our second-ever contest together, it showed. No matter the case, it was our game to win and after fighting back to take the lead, a rough stretch and late run put Bassano past us. Still, with the loss, there were a lot of positives to take from the game for veterans and newcomers alike and as we head into our third game the arrow is going up. I am restlessly counting down the hours until the next game Monday night and I know the rest of the guys are too.
On a lighter note, today we traveled to Venice, which is one of the most amazing cities I have ever visited. You never really think about it until you actually go there and see it with your own eyes but an entire city on an island with streets of water is one of those unique and rare places and everyone lucky enough to visit there should really take the time to appreciate what a cool place it is. During our time in Venice we were able to take a walking tour of the city and also a private tour of St. Mark's Basilica. It is interesting to see how the city of Venice has changed and has had to adjust because it is sinking into the sea. Much of the ground is uneven because of the sinking and our tour guide had explained that 2,000 years ago the city was seven feet higher, small in time but quite a difference when you think about it.
I have to give a shout out to one of the new youngin's on the team in 6-foot-10 freshman Jeremy King. It has definitely been an interesting trip as I have spent a lot of our free time touring cities with him. I think today we must've been stopped over a dozen times for photos and caught the stares of many Europeans all thanks to Jeremy. When I hear the word "Americanos," I know what is coming next, especially when we found ourselves, along with Joe Crisman and Christian Thomas, on a tour of the glass factory of Venice with a group of tourists. I'm sure you can create an image in your head.
To top it off, the lyrically talented Jeremy King did a little karaoke for the team on the bus ride home...