Euro Blog day 1: Ashley Engle
May 21, 2009
Hey Longhorn fans,
It's finally time to travel, finals have finished and Texas Volleyball is ready for our European tour. We woke up at 5:30 a.m. yesterday and around 6:30 a.m. we had a high-paced spin class that real kicked our butt. The music was super loud and the teacher was intense, but we all had a great time. After we finished spinning, we went to practice and at the end of practice we had a small competition. While we are in Europe our team is going to be competing in our own little version of the Amazing Race. Overall we were split up into four teams and in our first challenge we had the goal of setting 10 balls into the basketball hoop from the free throw line, then two from the three-point line and finally one from well beyond the three-point line. Each team was timed and the coaches combined the times with another competition from the day before to determine the start sequence of the Amazing Race. Everyone met out in front of the gym and the mini competitions determined who got to leave first
Each team received an envelope with a clue. It said get a Starbucks cup and a receipt and bring it to this address. Heather (Kisner), Michelle (Kocher), and Rachael (Adams) were the first team to leave, then Jennifer (Doris), Amber (Roberson) and I left, before Juliann (Faucette), Sydney (Yogi) and Bailey (Webster) were the last to leave. The address ended up being (head coach) Jerritt Elliott's house. Every team worked quickly, but my team was the last to show up. Hopefully we will make it up in the next round. At Jerritt's house we all had a nice breakfast before we left for the airport.
Next stop was the airport and by this point we had been up for awhile and then we found out that we weren't allowed to sleep from Austin to Dallas. Once we got to Dallas we ate and then boarded a plane to London. On this flight we could sleep and everyone took full advantage of the opportunity.
We arrived in London 8.5 hours later (now may 21st) and took a bus to our terminal. At the London airport we had a six-hour delay. The time passed slowly, but eventually we boarded our next flight to Vienna, Austria. This flight is two hours and 40 minutes and once again we had to stay awake. Once we arrive in Austria we will check in to our hotel, hopefully site-see a little and go to dinner.
So far our trip has been a lot of travel, but we are getting anxious to experience all Europe has to offer. That's it for today. Hopefully tomorrow will bring something a little more exciting.