Roman Holiday

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM St. Peter's Basilica was just one stop on the volleyball team's trek through Rome on Day 12 of its European Tour.
St. Peter's Basilica was just one stop on the volleyball team's trek through Rome on Day 12 of its European Tour.

May 22, 2008

Photo Gallery Days 11-12

ROME - Each day during the Purdue volleyball team's European Tour a different player or coach will write a journal detailing the day's happenings.

Thursday took the team on a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum. The rest of the day was spent exploring the city of Rome, the team's final stop on the European Tour.

Outside hitter Danita Merlau offers a look at the day's events.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Hello from Rome,

Our final day in Rome started very early. Tim our "tour guide" gave us the option of being ready to go to the Sistine Chapel at 6am or sleeping in, of course all of us happily opted to go. The team had a quick breakfast and we were out the door with great excitement (even though we were a little bit sleepy). After getting off the train at our stop we learned that today was a holiday in Italy and the Chapel was closed. I know that everyone was very disappointed because it was something we had all been looking forward to seeing the whole trip.

Tim then took us to see St. Peter's Basilica, which was absolutely breathtaking. Due to the holiday, we were basically the only tourists there and we were able to walk around freely and take in all of the beautiful sights and emotions. I was most excited to see the marble sculpture Peità. The sculpture is something we have all seen in books, but is truly amazing to see in person and left you in awe.

After St. Peter's, we took a train to the Colosseum which you can see as soon as you walk out of the train station. The Colosseum was everything you could imagine and more. We took a few team photos and then were free to explore Rome on our own. We spent most of the day sightseeing, shopping, and just enjoying the culture. It did rain during the day, but was perfectly sunny and warm for the most part.



We ended the day with a lovely team dinner and then Coach released us to enjoy our last night in Rome.

I just wanted to give a quick thank you to Purdue, the coaching staff, and everyone else who was involved in making our European Tour a great success. This trip was greatly appreciated by all of the players and will benefit this team in many ways. The experience not only gave us memories that will last a life time, but also memories that will make things like summer workouts just a little bit easier. :) Speaking of workouts, Drew you would have been so proud of the way we lugged our 70-pound luggage up hills and onto trains with ease!!

To all of our families and friends, you have all been greatly missed! To my parents, siblings, fiancé, and nephew, I love and miss you all!

The only journey left to await this team is the long travel day tomorrow! Thanks for reading!

Boiler Up!

Danita Merlau