COMING BACK HOME
Sad to say that today is the last day of our trip. Our day has been filled with lots of traveling. We woke up and took a train to the airport in Paris, had a seven-hour flight to New York, following with a four-hour flight to Denver, then a bus trip to Fort Collins. It is sad that today was our last day in Europe, and how fast the trip went by, but many of us are excited to get back home to our family, friends, and foods we have missed! Some of the main foods and things the girls have said they missed include burgers, Mexican food, watermelon, grapes, ranch, ketchup, buffalo wings, pickles and free water. Trying to get a glass of water in Europe is a lot different, because it is always in a glass bottle and you have to pay for it. It was frustrating since we were trying to stay hydrated! Our coach, Brook, is good at making sure that we are drinking lots of water and staying hydrated.
The trip has been an incredible experience for our team. We had the opportunity to see many places, play foreign teams and adventure around Europe! We are going back with many memories that will last a lifetime, not to mention heavier bags (all the souvenirs and gifts we have bought!).
Throughout the trip it has been really cool to see girls bond and build relationships with different teammates. One of our goals was to bond with someone that we usually don't hang out with. We definitely strengthened and grew in our relationships. We stayed busy every day on the trip from morning to night, either touring around or playing a match. We all did a very good job of not complaining about being tired or hurting despite all of the walking we did (more walking than I have ever done). We grew and learned new things through different experiences on the trip that we plan on using in the future. I am also very happy with how we played in our matches, and I definitely feel like we became better. It’s also pretty cool to say that we were undefeated!
The highlights of the trip for me were seeing the Valley of the Temples in Agregento, going to the beach in Modica and getting to go out in the sea on a paddle boat with a slide, seeing the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, St. Peter’s Church, the Coliseum in Rome, going into the Duomo in Milan and seeing the Eiffel Tower. Another highlight of the trip was taking the night train from Milan to Paris. This was quite an experience. I probably will never take a night train again, but definitely glad that I was able to experience this.
We were very lucky to take the trip to Europe! It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am also very happy that I was able to share this experience with all my team members.
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