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WBB Italy Diary, #4: By Kelly Thomson

Aug 17, 2013

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ROME, Italy -
Ciao K-State Family!

We've already been in Italy for a week, can you believe it?! Day seven started off by scaring Jess to death. We were all loaded on the bus ready to head to Rome when Sara, one of our tour guides, called Jess off the bus in a very stern tone. Jess instantly had a look of worry as she stood up and walked off the bus to have a private conversation with Sara. While Sara was outside telling Jess that she and Kindred had outstanding charges in their room and we weren't going to be able to leave Florence until she paid them, all of us on the bus were organizing a surprise for her. After watching Jess squirm outside for about three minutes, Claire Coggins finally went to save her and told her they would cover the charges to the room. So Jess returned to the bus and as soon as she stepped on we all screamed HAPPY BIRTHDAY and sang to our little birthday girl. The look on her face was priceless when she finally figured out it was all a set up.

After our birthday celebration, the bus set off to Rome. As soon as we arrived, we unloaded and went to see the famous Trevi Fountain in the middle of the square, then headed down the road for an awesome tour of the Colosseum and the ancient Roman Forum. It was unreal how huge the Colosseum was, especially for that era; our tour guide told us that it could hold more than 75,000 spectators, that's more than Bill Snyder Family Stadium! The rest of the day was pretty relaxed, we checked into our hotel, went to a nice dinner at another family style Italian restaurant, and then headed back to the hotel to sleep.

Today was one of our most exciting days in Italy because not only did we go on an incredible tour of Vatican City; it was also GAME DAY! Our day started off bright and early with a tour of the Vatican. We were able to go inside all of the museums and the Sistine Chapel. It was unbelievable the amount of detail and work that was put into all of these ancient buildings. After the chapel, we headed into Saint Peter's Basilica, another unbelievable and huge building! There was so much history wrapped up in and painted on the walls of these ancient Roman Catholic buildings, that they held our attention all morning. After our tour, we headed back to the hotel to rest our legs before the last game of the tour!

I'm happy to tell you all that our team will be returning back to the states 3-0! We won our final game by about 50 points! Although she may not have been the leading scorer, Bre Lewis had a huge game! She snagged a lot of boards, had some great finishes around the basket, and ran the floor so hard every single time! She's definitely figuring things out! After shaking hands with the opposing team and grabbing some pizza, we hopped back on the bus to our hotel.

We have our last and final day to ourselves to shop around the city of Rome tomorrow. This trip has been a once in a lifetime opportunity! I think I speak for all of us when I say just how grateful I am to have been able to travel to Italy with my second family. I feel so blessed to have spent this time with such an awesome group; from my teammates to the coaches, trainers, and support staff, I couldn't ask for a better bunch of people to be around day in and day out. To think that the game of basketball brought us all the way to Italy together is such a cool thing! We're so excited to get back to Manhattan and start working towards next season; it's going to be a fun year!

Thanks for all of your continued support! We really do have the best fans! See you all back in Manhappiness and in Bramlage Coliseum this season!

Arrivederci!

Kelly Thomson