Sunday, May 20, 2012

Final day in Modica


It's Sam here, reporting on our third and final day in beautiful Modica. I think it is finally starting to hit the majority of us that we are actually in Italy! For me this has all been like a dream so far, but it's finally clicking that we are all truly blessed enough to be on this breathtaking island.

To start the day off we made our way to the town of Ragusa, which is about 30 minutes outside of Modica. This drive further illustrated the master skills of our driver, Paulo, and his ability to maneuver the winding countryside. Once we made it to Ragusa, we were all in awe once again. The cobblestone streets lead the way into town, but the only difference on this journey was that there was no hustle and bustle to greet us when we arrived. Being Sunday, the streets were bare except a random strangler here and there. We had entered a ghost town.

Regardless, we were flabbergasted at the amazing architecture, particularly the San Giorgio church, which seemed to be the center of the town. I am willing to go out on a limb here and say this was the most gorgeous place we have been since leaving the United States. The church wasn't the only contributor to this decision though; after exploring a little more Deedra, Kaila, Marlee, Carlie and myself stumbled across a garden that was unlike anything I had ever seen. Palm trees lined the entrance to an enormous area filled with flowers and statues and benches that overlooked the countryside. I only wish I could describe to you all how amazing this view was, but I simply can't do it justice.

Around 10:30 the town finally came alive, and there was of, course, more shopping to be done. Us girls can never get enough! Along with the shopping, Dana, Kaitlind and Michelle discovered a wonderful little coffee shop that we all decided to try. Needless to say, I don't think Starbucks will ever truly satisfy our taste buds again. After a little more exploring, it was time to head back to the hotel to capitalize on what we all envision will become CSU volleyball's 15 minutes of fame.

This may come as a surprise to most of you, but besides being studly volleyball players, our team is also comprised of avid dancers. Once we returned to the hotel we all learned a dance to a Brazilian song (Izzy translated) and performed it on the front steps of our hotel. I'm sure you will all have the pleasure of viewing this masterpiece, but let me just tell you... It was awesome. I think the 40 or so Italians who gathered to watch us crazy Americans would agree.

Of course the day would not be complete without some volleyball. We are now 3-0, my friends! This was our most difficult fight to date, but we were able to pull out the win in four sets. After the match we had our first opportunity to trade with the opposing team. We handed over some of our practice shirts and jerseys and they did the same in return. It was definitely a treat for them to let us into their culture and to be able to interact with young ladies who love their sport as much as we do.

And that was all in one day! I think we are all surprised how much we have been able to fit into the four short days that we have been here, and there are still so many experiences ahead of us. But we have officially corrupted Modica with enough American energy, so it's off to Rome in the morning!
Much love to the family, friends, boyfriend and everyone back at home!

Bubye for now :)

Sam Peters


  1. Thanks to all of you to be here with us!!!

  2. Oh, no, coffee corrupted, too! It is hard to figure out why coffee in Europe is so superior.