Danielle's European Diary
Danielle's European Diary
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Kansas State senior guard/forward Danielle Zanotti is keeping a diary during the women's basketball team's 10-day trip to Europe. The following entries include the first three days of K-State's tour.
Entry #1 June 23-24
Ahoj Wildcat Fans! (That means Hello in Czech)
Well we made it!!! I am writing this diary entry from our four star hotel overlooking the
After traveling through KC to
Our travel guides, Johny and Maria, met us at the airport and we took a bus tour around the city. I think we all went into sensory overload with all of the different historical sights around us. It was amazing to see government buildings that have remained since the communist rule and churches that have stood for hundreds of years. After a bit of freshening up (you know we wanted to look our best ;) ) we all went out to dinner at a local pub called Staropramen. Even though Coach Patterson encouraged us to branch out and try some of the local cuisine we all stuck with good ole’ grilled chicken. I’m thinking after today, and one day of European life under our belt, we may get a little more adventurous and sample something a little more authentic! The food was great and we all enjoyed listening to the local music playing throughout the restaurant. But for any of our younger fans that are wondering what the music is like over here...they seem to be big fans of Rihanna!
After dinner the entire team walked around
After the tour, all of us decided it was a good idea to turn it in early. We’ve got a long trip ahead of us, not to mention two basketball games to play (can’t forget about those)!! It’s really unbelievable to think that this game of basketball has taken all of us halfway across the world. We truly are blessed to have this opportunity and it’s even more special because I’m experiencing it with 9 of my best friends! Stay tuned for more exciting stories to come!
Entry #2 June 25
Well while you guys were probably experiencing REM sleep we were greeting the sun and preparing for our second day in
After breakfast we boarded the bus for a day trip to Terezin, a concentration camp in one of the local suburbs. While we drove there our guide, Maria, filled us in on some of the Czechoslovakian history and the different government figures that have been in power. I think we were all in awe at the sheer amount of information Maria knows about such a wide range of topics. Along the way we got a good view of the beautiful countryside. It was definitely a stark contrast to the terrain we’re accustomed to in
Okay back on topic...Terezin was originally a military fortress and as we drove up to it we could see why. The buildings were surrounded by brick walls and a moat, eliminating any view of the interior. On the east side of the compound there was a
Afterwards, we definitely needed to do something that would pick up our spirits. So what else would a bunch of athletic, yet extremely girly basketball girls do? That’s right... shopping! As some of you may know I really like fashion (as do many of my well dressed teammates) so we were pretty excited to see what European-style entailed. Well, we didn’t find much...at least nothing that fit into our budget. Unfortunately for us Valentino and Dior was a little overpriced for our pocketbooks. Ashley (Sweat) and Kari (Kincaid) found some shoes but I guess they don’t carry many options in size 11. Shana (Wheeler), Marlies (Gipson), and I hit up the local tourist shops for some souvenirs. After about a half hour we scored some sweet post cards, frames, and other cheesy contraband. I’m pretty sure that we got ripped off when we gave them free reign with our Visas! I’m also not a fan of the blatant smack talk about the “gullible tourists” that I’m convinced is occurring when the locals look at us, laugh and exchange banter in Czechoslovakian. Oh well! We just smile and act like they are complimenting our muscles that Coach Greenawalt has worked so hard to develop.
We all went out to dinner at this fancy little restaurant called Barock. The dcor was very modern European and the food was delicious. Oh, I forgot to mention that it was pouring rain on the way there and we had to make a mad dash for the restaurant so that our well put together outfits stayed dry. After dinner the rain had let up so we went for some zmrzlina (ice cream) down the street. According to Kelsey Nelson it was the best caramel cream ice cream she’s had in her entire life. And take my word for it, it was! Afterwards, some of the girls walked to the Charles Bridge to get a nighttime view of the majestic Prague Castle. We are taking a tour of there on Friday so the rest of us headed back to the hotel for a little R&R. I myself decided to hit up the rooftop pool and hot tub to get some reading done. Ashley and I always have our noses in books. The other girls spent the rest of the night hanging out and emailing family members back home to fill them in on our day’s activities. But don’t worry, you guys are getting a much more detailed and exciting version then them!
We play our first game tomorrow, so next time I hope to be writing you guys telling you about an awesome win!
Na shledanou (Goodbye), Danielle