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    That's a Wrap - Last Days In Montenegro
    Chelsea Silvers puts the finishing touches on the Trojans' European adventures.
    Chelsea Silvers puts the finishing touches on the Trojans' European adventures.

    July 19, 2012

    Euro Trip 2012 Photo Gallery

    Hi Trojan Family!

    At the beginning of this adventure, I thought 21 days in Europe seemed like an eternity. However, the end of the trip is fast approaching and 20 days have gone by in the blink of an eye. Settling into one place for longer than 48 hours has made these past 10 days in Herceg-Novi more relaxing while still being jam-packed with activity.

    Our weekend started after playing the Hungarian boys 16-under team on Friday. Saturday was another gorgeous day on the Adriatic Sea. Our team traveled on a catamaran all around Montenegro. The first stop was a fortress called Sveti Stefan. The minute the engines were turned off, everyone was eager to jump in the 78 degree water. We promptly learned that no one was allowed in the actual town of Sveti Stefan unless you have a reservation because it is now privately owned. Our second option was to pay 100 euros for a "sandy beach" that was close by. Even though it put a damper on the plans we did not allow it to ruin our fun. Instead, many of us swam around the tiny island to get a closer look, while others simply swam around the boat and took pictures on their underwater cameras.

    Saturday was another fun-filled and action-packed day. We took the catamaran to Kotor and scrimmaged a local team. Kotor is a small city at the base of huge mountains that made you feel like the size of an ant. Kotor is better known for the enormous fort wall that runs along the side of the mountains. (Think Great Wall of China, but in switchback form.) In total it takes about 1 hour to make it all the way to the top. Time did not permit us to take part in this endeavor but we had a great experience anyways. A good number of us hiked about 20 minutes up the wall to a church that overlooks the bay. We quickly discovered what the locals were laughing at. Basically, anyone in their right mind doesn't climb the wall in the middle of the day when the sun is the strongest. After 20 minutes of hiking we looked like we had just run a marathon, and even that is an understatement. We were beat and ready to head back. Laying out on the nets of the catamaran with the wind at your back and the sun in your face was absolutely amazing.

    The time here is Montenegro has been such a rewarding and unforgettable experience. I am grateful for the memories that were made here, but cannot wait to get back to the perfect weather we are blessed with in Los Angeles.

    Fighting on from Montengro,

    Chelsea Silvers

    EURO TRIP BLOGS

    Part One - Maddy Checks In From Zagreb, Croatia
    Part Two - Dom Recaps Our Venice Visit
    Part Three - Consi Chats About Plitvice and Split
    Part Four - Kaleigh On Dubrovnik and the first days of Herceg Novi
    Part Five - Hannah takes us through the Blue Caves and beyond!
    Part Six - Final Herceg Novi Highlight from Chelsea

    Euro Trip 2012 Photo Gallery