After some major traffic delays Friday coming out of Florence, we made it to the gym at 8:27 for our 8:30 game. It took us a while to get going, but we pulled out the win. After the game, we spent some time fellowshipping with the other team. They brought in pizza and pasta and wine to the gym and served us some dinner!! We were all starving and we were very grateful for their hospitality. After the game we loaded up on the bus to head to our hotel in the small country of San Marino.
We had some great story time and team bonding on the bus!
Saturday morning we woke up and went on a short, hour-long tour of San Marino with our local guide. At the conclusion of our guided tour, we all decided to hike to the top of the medieval city and visit the various medieval towers. We hiked uphill for about an hour and visited the first, second, and third towers of the country. The views from the top were amazing. From there we all split up and grabbed some lunch, got our passports stamped, and met back at the hotel to head to the beach. We spent most of the afternoon at the beach in Rimini walking along the coast and playing sand volleyball. After some fun in the sun we headed back to the hotel for dinner and then the team went out for a night on the town.
Sunday morning we got up early and loaded the bus to head to Venice.
We arrived in Venice and took a private water taxi over to the city center. We ate lunch together at a local pizzeria and then we all headed over to the Rialta Bridge. We met up with a local guide and she gave us a tour on St. Mark’s square and explained to us the history, culture, and traditions of Venice. We then went to a glass blowing demonstration in town. Some of the parents were generous enough to chip in and help pay for gondolas so that all the players and Coach could experience this Venetian tradition. Of course, the parents ended up tagging along themselves. After an extremely long day of travel and time spent in Venice, we headed to the gym to play the Marghera Giants Basket. Needless to say, we got off to a slow start and trailed 9-29 at the end of the first quarter. We cut the deficit to 13 at half, 4 at the end of the 3rd quarter, and ultimately ended up winning by 1!!!
It was definitely a dog fight, but we came out on top. Coach told us on the bus how proud he was of us to have the determination to not throw in the towel, even though these games don’t count. We all appreciated that a lot. We headed to the hotel in Padua and checked in.
A few of us grabbed some paninis for dinner from the hotel bar and then called it a day.
We had a late start to the morning today, getting to sleep in until 9!! It was a good thing too because we are all worn out! We headed to the city center of Padua for about 40 minutes this morning and elected to load the bus so we could have more free time in Lake Como, where we will be for the next 2 days.