Today the Bears slept in after a long day of traveling! After breakfast at the hotel we loaded the bus and headed to Lake Como. When we parked at the Lake we were given free time to explore the town of Como, which had beautiful views, architecture, and amazing food! My group did a small hike to see some pretty views from above the lake. Then we got gelato and some food, I got strawberry and amarena flavors. We went down by the shore and put our feet in the lake, which was cool and felt amazing in the heat. We saw swans and geese as well. Then we met back up with the group to ride the ferry across the lake. It was a longer ride than expected, but the views were gorgeous! The ferry took us to Bellagio, where we got croissants before getting on another boat that took us to a different dock in Bellagio. There we had some espresso shots before getting on the bus to go to dinner. For dinner, we had pasta and salad, and a fruity pastry for dessert. It was delicious! We then got back on the bus to head to our match!
AT THE MATCH, WE PLAYED AN ITALIAN B2 PROFESSIONAL TEAM. WE WARMED UP FOR ABOUT THIRTY MINUTES BEFORE WE STARTED, AND THE GYM WAS VERY, VERY HOT. BUT WE FOUGHT THROUGH AND PULLED OUT A FIVE SET WIN! IT WAS SO FUN TO PLAY TOGETHER AS A GROUP AND GET TO COMPETE ALONGSIDE OUR FRESHMAN. WE DEFINITELY SHOWED THE WORK WE PUT IN IN PRACTICE LAST WEEK. THE OTHER TEAM WAS VERY KIND, AND EVEN SPOKE A LITTLE ENGLISH! WE GAVE THEM OLD UNIFORMS AT THE END AND THEY GAVE US JERSEYS AND WE ALL TOOK A PICTURE. WE THEN LOADED THE BUS, GOT SOME FOOD, AND CAME BACK TO THE HOTEL IN MILAN! TODAY WAS A GREAT DAY, AND WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY HERE AND EXPLORE! IT HAS BEEN A DREAM SO FAR AND WE ARE EXCITED FOR MORE!
- Michaela Boon, Senior