Earlier this month we had another Eurolague game against Sopron, who are located in Hungary. Getting to Hungary required taking a bus from Bourges to Paris (roughly 3 hours), flying from Paris to Vienna, Austria (2 hours) and finally taking another bus from Vienna to Sopron Hungary. In short, our first day consisted of a lot of travel.
Once we reached Paris-Orly airport I took out a French book that I had purchased a while ago in Bourges, with the hopes that it would help with my French comprehension. As I was reading, there were a lot of phrases and words that I did not understand, so I started to ask my teammates to explain it to me. Well, apparently they did not understand it either! Supposedly the book I bought was written in a different kind of French because the phrases and sayings used in the book did not make sense to my teammates. So much for that. Luckily, Pao, one of my teammates helped me find better novels and authors to choose from that were considered easy reads. The book that I am currently reading I can actually understand and am thoroughly enjoying.
That evening when we finally arrived to our destination we had a brief snack before heading out to practice, followed by dinner. When we eat dinner on the road, our team always asks for buffet stye meals with a variety of vegetables for the salad, a choice of fish or meat, and usually a side of rice or pasta. I guess something got lost in translation because instead of having a buffet style layout where we could choose the foods we wanted, all of our plates looked like the greedy thanksgiving plates we are ALL guilty of making. We all got a nice laugh out of the ordeal.
Game day I played against some familiar faces including one of my friends that I met in San Antonio during training camp, Yvonne Turner. She would play a big role in handing us an 'L' on the road. Losing always sucks, but it's even worse when you travel all this way just to be defeated. On the bright side, it was nice to catch up with an old friend.
The following day we weren't due to leave until noon, so three of my teammates (Ingrid, Diandra and Clarissa) and I decided to take a stroll around the city center of Sopron and see the sights. We had fun taking your typical touristy pics, admiring the architecture, looking at the sights and just being present in the moment.
Although our trip did not go according to plan, we were able to use the game's film to see what we need to continue to work on throughout the season to be successful. I also had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend, and experience a new city in a new country I had not yet visited.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless,