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Greetings From Rome

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Release: 08/14/2014
         
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Each day a member of the Iowa State women's basketball team will write a blog detailing our adventures in Italy. In today's blog, freshman Claire Ricketts details our first day in Rome, Italy. To follow along on our journey even more closely, please follow @CycloneWBB.

Today marked the first day that the Iowa State Women's Basketball Team explored Italy. From a nine-hour flight from Atlanta to almost 24 hours without sleep, the team was tired. However, that didn't stop our excitement as we went on a quick bus tour around Rome seeing the various architecture from early Roman history. It was fascinating to see the beautifully preserved monuments from ancient times.



After that, we exited the bus and were able to explore Vatican City right before our tour. Emily and I stopped at a local shop and ordered Panini’s along with gelato! I sampled cherry, the store owners favorite, while Emily tried mango! It was something cool and refreshing on a hot summer day!




A little culture shock all of us noticed was the air conditioning difference in the two countries. In Italy when walking into a building, you don't feel the rush of cold air blowing on your face like in America, so we definitely looked like we came out of a sauna. During our lunch break, something interesting I noticed was that to use the public restrooms, one has to pay one euro to use it! Once lunch ended, our tour of the Vatican started!

Unfortunately the pope is currently in China so there was no casual conversations about the Iowa State game plan with him! But we were able to go inside the museum and see the different statues and art. We went inside the Sistine Chapel to see the ceiling mural done by Michelangelo, which took him 4 years to finish! The detail of each painting was so intricate and displayed the craftsmanship of his work. Upon leaving that, we headed for St. Peter’s Basilica.


After leaving the Holy Land, we went back to the hotel to check-in and let me say that the team could’ve been happier to get showers and naps in. We all smelled from the walking around that all the natives probably thought we had hygiene problems.


Once dinner time rolled around, the team traded in their athletic clothes for some dresses, as we went with our staff, supporters, and family, to an amazing restaurant il Pomodorino. We are so grateful for the people who have made this trip possible and the ability to get to experience the opportunities is unreal. The dinner was delicious, as all their pastas were handmade and the atmosphere from the servers was kind as can be. All in all, after day one the trip has been a huge success and I can’t wait for the rest of the trip. Stay tuned as junior Brynn Williamson blogs about the rest of our adventures from Rome tomorrow!

--Claire

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