WBB In Europe Day 5: Tigers Travel To Slovakia
Aug. 13, 2008
We are halfway through our trip and departed Prague for Bratislava early this morning. I had a great four days in Prague, the scenery was beautiful, especially the castle district that we went to yesterday. We had a wakeup call at 6:30 a.m. (11:30 p.m. CT) and got a quick breakfast at our hotel before we got on the bus. The breakfast each morning at the hotel was terrific. I had an omelet every morning - it was the best omelet I have ever had. We were able to order them specifically how we wanted them and I looked forward to that meal the past four days.
We packed our bags for a four hour bus ride to Slovakia. We stopped right on the Czech Republic border to have lunch. On our way inside the mall, we saw a go-cart track outside and we all were excited about that and decided to race them. I rode with Reneisha, coach Fortner and KeKe. It was a tight race in my group between me and ReRe but I came out victorious. KeKe struggled on that small go-cart, she could barely fit in it, so it wouldn't go very fast with her. I ate at an Italian place for lunch before getting back on the bus.
On the bus I pretty much listened to my iPOD and watched about 10 flies circle around the entire bus. The flies kept me pretty entertained. They were moving real slow and looked like they were on their last wing, so I felt sorry for them and couldn't kill them. I let the lil guys live. The rest of the way I caught up on some sleep and looked forward to waking up in another country.
We got to Slovakia around 2 p.m. (7 a.m. CT) and checked into our hotel. The rooms are very different from the one's I have ever stayed in before. One of things I first noticed was that you have to insert your room key into this slot inside the room to turn the power on for everything inside the room. The purpose of that is to save power. I think it is a good idea, so maybe I will bring that one back with me to the states. Another thing that is different is the bathrooms (called WC or water closet). Inside of pushing the lever to flush on the side, there is a big button above the toilet that you have to press for it to flush. The beds a really comfortable over here, but they are really small and remind me of my bunk-bed's from my mom's house. I feel bad for KeKe; I am not sure how she fits in that small twin bed.
After we checked into the hotel we got back on the bus for another two hours to head to our game versus Nitra BBC. The gym we played was very nice and definitely the best one we played in over here. It looked pretty new inside and felt more like the places we play in back in the states. They had a good crowd turnout for the game and there were a couple with noise-makers that were pretty rowdy.
The team we played was very competitive and the best one out of the three we played. They move very well without the ball and were good shooters. We exchanged gifts before the game started and they gave us a bag full of stuff from Slovakia. That was nice and something we can keep forever.
We played great today and have improved in all three games over here. We were very aggressive and everyone was on the same page. I think I played pretty good. It was a lot of fun, we have come together as one team and we have great chemistry. This was a great way to start our year and I look forward to the upcoming season. Nitra BBC had a reception for us following the game and the food was very good. It was nice to socialize with the other team and coaches and try and learn some of their language. After the reception we had another two hour bus ride back to the hotel.
I think I could see myself living over here, but only if I could take a special someone with me next time. I want to hey to my mom, sister, ma ma, aunt and Takeya back in the United States. See you on Sunday.
Trevesha Jackon, #1
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