Senior Basketball Players Blog on their Italy Trip

Exploring Siena

Some of the guys at the top of the Torre Del Mangia.

Some of the guys at the top of the Torre Del Mangia.

It was late when we arrived in Siena and the guys noticed that there were people all over. We were excited to see the city. We got a good nights sleep and woke up early for a tour. We saw where there was a horse race the day before we got there. You could tell it was a big deal because there were pictures of it posted all over the city and the highlights of it were on every TV you saw. It is a biannual tradition in Siena. It happens every July and August and there is a horse for every part of the city. Every part of the city is represented by a different flag so the flags were waiving everywhere throughout the tour. It was cool to see the different designs.

On the tour we learned not only about the horse race but why all the buildings were pretty much the same from when they were built hundreds of years ago. Italians believe in keeping their buildings as close to original form as possible. They don’t want to knock down and rebuild. They spend more money to repair their houses and even put any electrical wires on the outside of the buildings instead of having to drill through the “beautiful brick” as the tourist guide called it. After the tour we were on our own until we had to meet back at the hotel to leave for practice. We were excited to get to practice in a foreign country.

The court was basically the same as a wood floor you would get put in your kitchen. The guys were slipping and sliding all over. In typical Kazen fashion he was the first to hit the deck. When going up for a dunk Mike (Smith) was worried about sliding and hurting himself. It was a good practice and no one hurt themselves. When we got back to the hotel we were alone for dinner and some of the guys went to a sandwich shop we had seen earlier. It was nice to get something to eat more like what we are used to. Then we went and had a relaxing night in the plaza. It was a perfect last night in Siena.

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