Tuesday, July 26, 2011

More pictures of Europe!

Home at Last!

Well I am finally home and am so happy to be! I got in last night around 1 am after my flight had to be delayed due to bad weather in Atlanta. That had to be the longest flight in the entire history! The flight from Venice to Atlanta was 11 hours in itself but it didn't help that I sat next to a lady that complained about the screaming babies the whole time. She was worse then the babies! Needless to say I did not sleep on that flight. When we got to Atlanta I was so relieved to be back in the US and know and understand the language they spoke. It felt like home, even though it was just Atlanta. The flight to Salt Lake got delayed 3 hours and I felt as if I were never coming home. But miraculously the plane finally took off and we were on our way. There was barely anyone on the flight and we each got our own rows to lay down on. Oh boy did I sleep like a rock on that flight. We touched down and I almost ran off the plane to see My family and get out of the airports that I had now been in for 23 hours. Finally I got home!

At home I gave mom, dad, and Dallon thier gifts, I was really excited to show them everything that I got and tell them some stories. I spent the night at mom and dad's then drove up to school this morning. I had class and a presentaiton that was due, which I got 100% on!! Now I get to chill due laundry and put all my things away.

Europe was so much fun and I am so thankful I got to go. It was a true blessing!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hello again!
So here we are in Venice. Oh my goodness it is so beautiful here! Yesterday we arrived around 2 and immediately went out in the city. After shopping and marveling at the buildings for a few hours we were supposed to meet at Sam Marcos. HA HA The girl I was with and I got really lost on our way but it was the best thing that could have happened. After we met at San Marcos we decided to go on a Gondola ride. We saw these two men on the side of the canal and asked them how much. They proceeded to tell us that it was 150 euros. Too much we said and started to bargain...well of course with my good looks and excellent bargaining skills, I got them to consider two boats, 4 people in each boat, for 100 euros. I rock! The ride was super amazing! (not to mention our Gondola guy was SUPER DUPER CUTE!) (don't worry pictures will come later). Well thats all that happened. Today we are doing the same things and tomorrow i get to come home! I am so excited! I miss you all very much! See you then!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Volleyball Land of Romans

Sorry it has been a while since my last post; the hotel we are at right now does not have Internet unless you pay for it. So I splurged and now have 309 minutes to tell you all about what has happened since we have been in Croatia. Where to begin! First we arrived on Sunday and had opening ceremonies that night on the old roman streets. The buildings were amazing and so interesting to see. We watched some kids dace around in the traditional Croatian dance then they announced each of our teams.

The next day we played the Czech and Slovenia teams. with each team we went 2-1, unfortunately we were the 1 but oh well. The next day we played an Italian team (at least i think they were Italian) and the Romania team. We beat the Italian team 2-1 but lost to Romania 1-2. The next day we played an American team, my college coaches team and teammates. It was a very close and fun game but they pulled out the win 2-1. Today we played another US team and lost in a close battle 2-1.

We ended up taking 8th overall which actually isn't too bad. It was a lot of fun playing and i feel as if i have definitely improved.

On Monday we went to the beach and jumped off the rocks. I had a blast and never knew the water to be so salty!!

Other than that not much has happened. It has been fun getting to bond with the girls and I have enjoyed seeing and meeting new people and new sights. I don't know what we are exactly doing for the rest of the time but I will be sure to update in a few days!

Oh by the way...my name is officially CHARLES now. Love ya!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Once again

Here we are once again...so the team is still in Solvenia and are 5 minutes from leaving for Bled. They say it is gorgeous there and the best town to tour, good thing that's what we're doing! Afterward we head to Crotatia! Yeah!!!! I am way excited! well...ta ta for now!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Trip Evolves...

Europe has been a blast so far, but let's start from the beginning of it all!

Our plane ride got delayed by two hours from Atlanta to Munich. that was not all the best but still fun. I got most of my homework done, well 9 out of the 12 hours i had to do. Grrrr maybe college isn't as fun as i thought it would be. Anyway, the 11 hour flight was fun because I sat next to Kaesey Taylor. We watched Soul Surfer, wich was excellent by the way, and did yoga in the back of the plane with one of the flight attendents. Ha ha ha her name was Grace and she was the besst! Our flight touched down in Munich at 9:30 Munich time, that's 1:30 Utah time. So excited we quickly went through the passport lines then was greated by three German guys, don't worry mom, not cute, old and spoke naughty. We drove for 1 hour to Salzburg, Austria and toured for a few hours. We then drove 4 hours to Morabor where we currently reside, in a brand new hotel, like two days old, literally, but actually our celing leaked and we had to move rooms the first night, not so fun. this morning i got up at 6 am here and took my midterm which i feel pretty good about but that usually means i failed it. ha ha oh well. After I finished my test we had practice. This was a funny practice. The balls are super strange, light, float a lot and yellow and blue. The court is really really really really sticky and there is no way you can slide. Good thing i was taught to roll!! ha ha :) after practice we went to the city and toured. i got new shoes because the white ones i brought are about to get a whole in the top. Then we scrimmaged a Solvenia team, no one really won we just played. Now we are about to go see Harry Potter and i am SUPER EXCITED!!!!!! Let's hope it's good. Well thats all for now, sorry this is a lame post but i don't really care. Hope all is going well...I love you all!!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

College Days

Well here I am finishing my first official full week at school. This week has consisted of helping out with the volleyball camp, going to my class, gruesome workouts, and finishing a long a boring orientation that we were required to go to but didn't really learn anything considering us athlete's already live here. We tried on our official Pac 12 jerseys and will were them in not to long. I can't wait!
I have had a lot of fun being on my own up here. Utah has been the right school for me and I thoroughly enjoy myself. My school work is going really well and so far I have great grades, let's hope they stay that way. :)
Next week I leave on Wednesday for Europe. Wish me luck! I know it will be tons of fun.