Women's Basketball diary: Chassidy Fussell
Aug. 13, 2011
Hey Longhorn fans,
Greetings from Vienna, Austria! We made it here earlier today after a 45-minute drive from Bratislava, Slovakia, where we were on Thursday and Friday. The last few days have flown by and it’s hard to believe we’re already in the last city of our European tour.
We began Thursday morning with a 200-mile drive from Prague to Bratislava. Our tour guide on the trip, Maria, is a native of Bratislava, and it was been fun to listen to her tell stories about her hometown and give us recommendations of sites to visit and restaurants to try. We didn’t have much time between the bus ride and arriving in Bratislava to see much of the town because we had a team dinner with our families and fans on the trip at 6 p.m. Together we enjoyed a delicious meal and each other’s company.
After the dinner, the entire travel group (about 50 people) went to sing karaoke. We had so much fun, and it was pretty entertaining to hear our teammates and coaches singing their favorite songs. Everyone was in on the action and it was a great team bonding activity.
(Also, I want to thank my family and friends for making this trip with us – Thelma Fussell, Barbara Gallimore and Madeline Carey. I hope you have all had an amazing time!)
On Friday morning we visited Bratislava Castle. It’s actually not a castle, but the government house. Maria calls it an ‘upside down table’ because that’s exactly what it looks like with four towers, one on each corner of the rectangle building.
We then walked through the city and grabbed a bite to eat and picked up some souvenirs for our friends and families back home that couldn’t be with us. We spent the rest of the day exploring Bratislava. It was such an easy town to find your way around, too, because our hotel was right between the Danube River and the town square.
Once we arrived in Vienna today, we had a team meal in the hotel before working out with Coach Brown in the gym. It felt good to lift weights and get in some cardio, especially since we didn’t get the chance to play basketball tonight like we thought we would due to the opponent canceling the game.
Tomorrow we’re scheduled to visit Prague Castle, a castle with over 1,400 rooms, and then we’re sightseeing at the famous Prater Amusement Park during the evening. Sunday marks our last day on this wonderful opportunity, and we’re all so thankful for the experience and the time spent together.
Thanks for following along.