Greetings from Croatia!
July 3, 2012
So far, our Trojan European water polo adventure has been nothing short of amazing. Besides a small delay of our connecting flight to Zagreb in Munich, the trip over was smooth sailing. The nearly 24 hours of travel consisted of me falling asleep anywhere and everywhere I could. I was awake for about 4 hours in total. I was impressed with myself to say the least. Our assistant coach Pinta's sister, Ivana, and her husband greeted us at the airport when we landed.
The next day, we spent the morning wandering the Old City in Zagreb. Ivana was our tour guide and throughout the day, she would tell us all sorts of fun tidbits of information on all the exquisite buildings we were strolling past. We got to see the two houses of government that were separated by the St. Marcos church, whose roof is laid with tiles the color of the Croatian flag.
After walking past several museums and taking many pictures, we finally got to my most anticipated part of the day: the gelateria. I opted for a chocolate hazelnut flavor which was phenomenal to say the least. I then proceeded to eat my head coach Jovan's gelato as well. He ordered a triple scoop, had a bite, then got up and continued to walk, and it just broke my heart to see such amazing gelato go to waste, so I decided to take one for the team and pick up where he left off.
During our remaining time in Zagreb, we scrimmaged a boys team and the Croatian senior national women's team. I'm proud to report that the Trojans were victorious against both teams. In Croatia, water polo is a male dominated sport, so I definitely think the boys were taken by surprise by our level of play. It was interesting to see the similarities in both the coaching style and system of play between the Croatian teams and our program.
We finished our Zagreb stop off by watching the European soccer final in the middle square of the city on a huge screen they put up for the tournament. It was fun to watch the game with nearly the entire city of Zagreb.
On Monday, we took a bus from the inland city of Zagreb to Opatija. Opatija is a beautiful coastal city an the drive down to the city was breathtaking as well. I spent the day having fun at the beach with some of my teammates, but we plan on going to sleep on the early side because tomorrow we're waking up early to take a boat to Venice for the day. I can't wait to see Italy again!!
Fighting on from the Adriatic! - Maddy Rosenthal
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