Euro Blog Day 12: Michelle Kocher
June 3, 2009
We woke up early on May 31 for breakfast before our 10 a.m. match against the Italian Junior National Team. After our breakfast we walked to the metro station. When we got off the metro, we headed toward another train which took us directly to the gym. We changed into our volleyball gear and started warming up immediately after arriving at the gym. We knew that the Italian Junior National Team was very talented and we predicted that they would be one of our most challenging opponents of this tour and we were right. We won the match in five sets. We won the first, third and fifth sets. It was a very intense match as you can probably imagine. Despite the competitiveness we ate lunch (more pasta- mhmm!) with some of them after the match. We ate quickly though because we were going to a soccer game, or should I say futbol game.
We had an hour walk to the soccer arena. As we approached the stadium, we could hear the loud cheers coming from the fans inside. When we got inside, the atmosphere was like nothing I've ever experienced. Roma was playing Torino and the Roma fans clearly outnumbered the Torino fans. Both cheering sections waved flags and yelled cheers the entire time. When either team scored, the crowd exploded! Roma ended up winning the game, 3-2. Even when the game was over, the fans continued to cheer and celebrate. We left the arena as soon as the game was over to avoid the crowd, but we heard the chants as we walked out to find a bus back to our hotel. The ten-minute bus ride was a lot better than the hour walk! We ate dinner outside at the hotel, dining on bread, pasta and chicken... the usual. Then we went back to the Trevi Fountain to take pictures with the fountain lit up at night and of course we had more gelato. We can never have too much gelato! We did some shopping and then called it a night because we had to wake up early the next morning for our second match against the Italian Junior National Team.