BLOG #6: These Cats Like Water -- Team Makes Visit to Venice

Kansas State will get a jump start on its preparations for the 2016-17 men’s basketball season with a 10-day trip to Italy and Switzerland in mid-August during which it will play five games.

The Wildcats will depart on Monday, August 8 and return Friday, August 19 touring the Italian cities of Rome, Siena, Florence, Mestre, Venice, Verona and Lake Como as well as Vatican City before concluding the journey in Montreux, Lausanne and Lake Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to the cultural opportunities the tour will provide, the Wildcats will compete against various club, select and national teams, including LCC International University [August 10], BC Silute [August 11], Italian Select [August 13] the Kosovo National Team [August 16] and BBC Lausanne [August 18].

The NCAA permits teams to make an international trip once every four years and this will be the first by the men’s basketball team since Weber’s inaugural season of 2012 when it played four games in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Overall, this will be the program’s fifth trip outside the country, which includes excursions to Japan in 1981, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden in 1993 and Vancouver, British Columbia in 2004.

One player and a member of the staff each day will blog about their experiences in this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Freshman Xavier Sneed
Today in Venice was great. I actually gained a lot of new knowledge about the city. One thing that I found amazing is that the buildings, in which, old merchants from the 1600's were still up and in great shape. Venice is also very known for its canals for streets and transportation around the city. If you ever get a chance to come here, you have to go on a Gondola tour of the city -- it's very beautiful. Also this whole trip is a great way to get to know my teammates more and to enjoy the beautiful scenery here in Italy.
  
Redshirt freshman Pierson McAtee
So far the trip has been a dream! Starting in Rome, stopping through Siena, staying in Florence, and touring Venice today has truly been a once in a lifetime experience. The architecture and history of all the buildings and artwork is amazing. We started the day with a long bus ride from Florence to Venice. Upon arrival, we immediately hopped onto a few (water) taxis, which in Venice are boats as the city's "streets" are all waterway canals, so that we can travel into the city. The entire group took a two-hour walking tour around the city, through tiny alleyways and over elegant bridges, so that we could experience the true beauty of the city. After the conclusion of tour, we were given a few hours of free time to grab some food and explore more of the beautiful city of Venice. Almost everyone chose to take a Gondola tour through the canals of Venice with a few friends, which was easily my favorite part. I took the tour with Austin and Dean and we had a blast on our 30-minute excursion to cap off an amazing day in Venice. Once again, it was another bucket-list cross-off day in the exquisite country of Italy. Ciao! Ciao!