K-State WBB Italy Diary: No. 2

Aug 13, 2013

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MESTRE, Italy –
Ciao K-State Family!

It’s hard to believe that we’ve only been in Italy for four days! Every day has been jam-packed with activities, tours, beautiful sites, and even a little basketball. As Coach Ethridge would say, “Who has it better than us?” We’re so blessed to be able to spend these ten days touring such a beautiful country as a team and get to play at the same time!

Day 3 of our Italian tour began with a bus ride from Como to Verona, Italy. What a cool city! Verona is where the famous Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet was set. Although the story itself isn’t true, the families (Capulets and Montagues) and the rivalry between them was not made up. We walked to the actual house of the Capulet family. While there we took turns taking pictures with the statue of Juliet and observed her balcony. After this we split up and wandered the streets of Verona on our own to purchase snacks. I’m afraid to tell you that before we make it back to the states, the country of Italy will completely run out of Stracietella (chocolate chip) gelato, as we’ve yet to pass a stand without Haley purchasing the largest cup or cone possible; and even going back for seconds. I’d be willing to bet that by the time we’re done with our tour she will have eaten at least 2 gallons of this Italian ice cream.

After purchasing our snacks, we drove to Mestre to drop off our suitcases at the new hotel then hopped back on the bus to head to our second game of the tour. I’m proud to announce that we are officially 2-0! Not only did we win by 40+ points, we also had one of our own named the MVP. Katya Leick had a HUGE game with 27 points and 24 rebounds! Not too bad for being out for two years, huh? After the game we took pictures with the other team and our trophies before heading back to the hotel for pizza and sleep.

Day 4 was all about Venice! We took water taxis into the “City of Water” and then began our walking tour of Saint Marc’s square and cathedral. Pictures and movies really don’t do the beauty of this city justice. All of the canals, old buildings, and streets are absolutely incredible! We spent the whole day visiting the tiny shops and café’s of Venice. But that was nothing compared to the surprise Coach Patterson had in store for us - a ride in the famous gondolas of Italy! This definitely ties, if not beats the boat tour of Lake Como. How many people can say they’ve ridden in a gondola down the canals in Venice, Italy? This is something that we’ll all remember for the rest of our lives!

That wraps up days 3 and 4! Can’t wait to report back after our next few days of fun in the Italian sun! GO CATS!!


Kelly Thomson