Postcard from Italy -- Aug. 14

Aug. 15, 2005

FLORENCE, Italy - Each day during the men's basketball team's trip to Italy, different members of the squad will offer their impressions of their visit. In today's diary, center Sam Rayburn says evenings are the best time to explore Florence.

Hello Cal fans:

Today was our first full in Florence. Our guys are all really excited to be here in a new country. Since we did not have a game today, and to get the guys moving around, we had practice this morning. Practice went well; we played hard and got what we needed to get done.

After practice, we had the rest of the afternoon off. Though for most everybody, the afternoon was all about eating and sleeping with a small amount of shopping thrown in. I am not sure what is going on tonight, but I am sure there will be a lot of exploring. The evening is the best time because the temperature is cooler, along with less humidity. We are having a great time in Italy and are looking forward to our first game!

Sam Rayburn

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