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CSU won its fifth match of its European Tour and got to explore another old island off the coast of Croatia. The Rams have spent a lot of time in the water, both to swim and by boat to explore the perfectly-blue waters in the Mediterranean.
Jasmine Hanna provides today's update:
"Hey Ram fans! Today has been another eventful day here in Sanja's home country of Croatia. As mentioned yesterday, we arrived on the beautiful island of Pag. This morning, we had the opportunity to explore the island, which included lounging by the clear sea and playing with the sea urchins. At around noon, we then boarded a boat and sailed to the island of Rab. We sunbathed and swam in the beautifully clear water for awhile before we explored the ancient island that dates back to the year 2 BC. Walls and buildings built during the renaissance still stood in the city and gave us a a taste of the vast history that stood around us. After exploring and sight seeing, we had the opportunity to play the Croatian youth national team again. We battled hard and were able to pull out another win! Your CSU Rams are 5-0 and are having an amazing time here in Europe!!" - Jas
The Rams also made a new bird friend on their way to Rab.
May 24 - Checking out the island of Pag in Croatia, and picking up another win
The Rams left Sanja's hometown of Split and flew to the island of Pag to check out another beautiful portion of Croatia. CSU landed, got settled, and then went and played the U18 Croatian National Team, coming away with a 3-0 victory. The two teams then hung out and had a pool party afterwards.
Amanda Young brings us today's blog update:
"Split is known by its civilians as the 'most beautiful city in the world.' After our trip there, I think I can speak for the entire team when I say that this is a true statement. A lot of unforgettable memories were made in Split, but today we travelled to the Croatian island of Pag to continue our adventure! When we arrived, we grabbed a quick bite for lunch at our new hotel. After lunch, we were free to explore the hotel and all it has to offer. There are two pools, a complimentary spa, a beach, and a pier that extends into the Adriatic Sea. Some of the fun activities included napping on poolside beds, getting a salt treatment in the spa, and even holding sea urchins. Around 4 o'clock, we got on a bus and drove to our match against the 18 & under Croatian national team. We came away with a clean sweep! To put an end to an amazing day, we went to the other team's hostel to eat dinner and socialize at a pool party!" - Amanda
May 23 - Another beautiful day in Split, including sailing and seafood!
The team had another perfect day in Split, Croatia, including sailing, swimming and seafood!
The native Croatia, Sanja Cizmic, provides today's entry:
"So today we had some free time in the morning so we decided to get some coffee before we had breakfast. After we fueled our bodies, grabbed our backpacks with our swimsuits and headed to the marine where we had two sail boats waiting for us. We started by sailing by the Dalmatian coast, we went from Kaštela to Trogir and all the way to island Ciovo. The whole team including the staff wanted to stop and go swimming so that was what we did. We all jumped in and went for a short swim before we came back to the boats to get some burek. Next they took us all the way back to the Riva with sail boats which was really cool because we got to see it from a different perspective and not a lot of people get to do that. After spending 4 hours on the boat everyone was pretty tired so we all decided to take a quick power nap before we left to go downtown to do some shopping before we leave Split as well as a traditional Dalmatian sea food dinner. We walked around for a bit and went to dinner where we had black risotto, grilled squid, gnocchi, prosciutto and cheese platters, and some other sea food dishes. We finished our night with a nice walk by the sea." - Sanja
Below is a sampling of the food that the Rams ate today...
May 22 - Celebrating Cass's birthday with another win
The Rams played their first match in Croatia today, winning in three sets. The players are enjoying the beautiful hometown of Sanja Cizmic and certainly are in awe of the views.
Paulina Hougaard-Jensen brings us today's entry:
"This morning we went to Split right after breakfast and just like we imagined, it is gorgeous! Beautiful, clear water, nice weather and antique roman buildings. We got to see the cathedral where Sanja's parents got married and went all the way to the top - that was a lot of stairs, but it was definitely worth it. The view was beautiful! Then we went to the Grgur Ninski statue where your wish will come true if you rub his toe. After that we got a traditional Croatian meal for lunch called Čeapi from a place called Kantun Paulina which I obviously was really excited about. Split has a lot of small alleys and streets with amazing stores, and we all made a team shopping trip to Zara and Bershka. Then it was time to go home and get some rest before the game, which we won in 3 even though the gym was extremely hot. The girls we played are super nice and we got to mingle and talk with them after the game at dinner where we also celebrated Cassidy's birthday with Croatian birthday song and cake! Tomorrow we're going on a boat trip which we are super excited for!" - Paulina
May 21 - Visiting Sanja's hometown
CSU has arrived in its next destination - Sanja Cizmic's hometown of Split, Croatia. Alexandra Poletto supplies today's diary entry:
"Goodbye Amsterdam, hello Split! We left Amsterdam bright and early today to catch our flight to Split with a lay over in London. Even from the plane you could see the crystal blue waters and our excitement started to rise. We landed, got our bags and headed back to our hotel; picturesquely located right on the waterfront. After freshening up we drove to old town for an amazing dinner hosted by Sanja Cizmic’s parents. I had a delicious shrimp gnocchi and the grilled octopus in the picture attached. Following dinner, Sanja showed around a little bit of old town and brought us to the best dessert spots. After filling up on crepes, cake, and ice cream we sat at a waterfront café and relaxed before heading home. This place is absolutely stunning and I am so eager to see more. It is so exciting to be here and especially to see Sanja’s hometown. It was so nice to meet her family and I can't wait to see her way of life here." - Axi
May 20 - Another winning day
The Rams played their second match of the trip, winning another four-setter.
Katie Oleksak then documented the rest of the team's day, video-style...
May 19 - Kirstie's turn!
The players and staff had a day without any volleyball, and they all took advantage by exploring Amsterdam.
Today's entry is courtesy of Kirstie Hillyer:
"What a day we had today! Today was one of the days that we didn't have any volleyball so we got to do whatever we wanted. All of us players decided to go find a famous coffee shop to start the day and after enjoying a great cup of joe we took a bike ride around one of the most famous parks in the city. Such a beautiful city we got to explore. Then we went to the famous flower market which was cool just to see, on the other side of the flower market there was a medieval torture museum that no one wanted to go to except for @sanjacizmic and I, so we did and I thought it was very intriguing. After that we decided to see what the red light district was all about (we thought the day time would be better for that event). Next stop was Jordan, which is where the Anne Frank house is located. The line to get into that was down the whole street and around the corner so we all decided to skip that major attraction and walk around a bit instead. After all that we went to a traditional dinner with our coaches and guide to finish out an exciting day!" - Stie
May 19 - Enjoying the view
The Rams were able to do a lot of sight-seeing today, and that included the staff. CSU's coaches and spouses went on a nice, lazy trip down a canal in the streets of Amsterdam.
May 18 - Victorious First Day
The Rams had a match in Amsterdam on their first day, just hours after well over 12 hours of flight time.
CSU dropped the first set 25-15, but bounced back to win the match in four sets!
Today's diary entry is courtesy of Olivia Nicholson:
"It's been a long few days. We left Denver, had a 2 hour flight to Minneapolis, then had about a 2 hour layover there. We boarded our 7 1/2 hour flight to Amsterdam and waited for an hour due to rain. Once we took off, it was movies and sleep for everyone! I put on Rogue One to start off the flight, fell asleep for a bit and then put on Moana, then attempted to sleep some more. Sleeping was a challenge and very uncomfortable but it was a must in order to make it through today. After landing in Amsterdam and getting our luggage, we grabbed a bit to eat at the airport and headed to the hotel. We dropped our bags and walked around the city a bit. After awhile we then went to rent bikes... let me tell you, transportation in this city is absolutely crazy. There were a few mishaps but no significant wrecks or crashes! By the time we got our bikes, everyone started to get tired and a bit irritable at times due to our body clocks being quite off. After biking around we got some dinner and headed to the match. The first set was a little rough, but we played through the adversity of tired bodies and tired minds and won the match 3 sets to 1. Now... off to bed for a full day of exploration and sight seeing tomorrow!" -Ollie
Day 1, as told by @olliednix: "It's been a long few days. We left Denver, had a 2 hour flight to Minneapolis, then had about a 2 hour layover there. We boarded our 7 1/2 hour flight to Amsterdam and waited for an hour due to rain. Once we took off, it was movies and sleep for everyone! I put on Rogue One to start off the flight, fell asleep for a bit and then put on Moana, then attempted to sleep some more. Sleeping was a challenge and very uncomfortable but it was a must in order to make it through today. After landing in Amsterdam and getting our luggage, we grabbed a bit to eat at the airport and headed to the hotel. We dropped our bags and walked around the city a bit. After awhile we then went to rent bikes... let me tell you, transportation in this city is absolutely crazy. There were a few mishaps but no significant wrecks or crashes! By the time we got our bikes, everyone started to get tired and a bit irritable at times due to our body clocks being quite off. After biking around we got some dinner and headed to the match. The first set was a little rough, but we played through the adversity of tired bodies and tired minds and won the match 3 sets to 1. Now... off to bed for a full day of exploration and sight seeing tomorrow!" -Ollie
May 17 - On Our Way!
We depart for Amsterdam today! The team is excited for a trip full of volleyball and beautiful scenery around Europe.
Our itinerary looks like this:
May 18: Arrive Amsterdam. Sightseeing in Amsterdam and match that evening.
May 19: Amsterdam and match that evening.
May 20: Amsterdam
May 21: Fly to Split, Croatia.
May 22: Sightseeing on Island Brac. Match that evening
May 23: Sightseeing in Split, Match that evening
May 24: Leave for Island Pag. Match that evening in Pag
May 25: Visit Island Rab, match that evening in Island Rab
May 26: Ferry to Rejika, Croatia, then travel to Venice, Italy for sightseeing.
May 27: Travel to Milan, Italy. Match that evening around Milan
May 28: Leave for Cinque Terre. Sightseeing in Cinque Terre.
May 29: Morning and early afternoon sightseeing in Cinque Terre, return to Milan that evening
CSU's lone senior in 2016, Cassidy Denny, will be on the trip. She departs just days after graduating with her Business degree!
Graduate?✔️ Europe with my girls?🔜 pic.twitter.com/0azY5j0hiG— Cassidy (@CassholeDenny) May 16, 2017
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