Alesha Deesing & Jessica Swarbrick- Diary From China

June 16, 2006

The Huskies left for China on June 12 to kick-off a 12-day tour of Beijing and Shanghai, including four volleyball matches. Each day, a different Washington team member will write a diary entry and post a photo gallery to share her experiences with the UW community. Junior Alesha Deesing and sophomore Jessica Swarbrick write today's entry.

Dear Fans,

Wow, today was a long and exhausting day. The team awoke at 7:30 in the morning to eat a quick breakfast and then hit the road for shopping and sight-seeing. Our first destination was the Pearl Factory where we learned briefly of how pearls are made. The pearl jewelry was absolutely gorgeous. Almost everyone who went purchased pearls in some form or another for themselves or for a loved one. We all had a good time.

After the Pearl Factory, the team went to the Summer Palace (one of our favorite excursions thus far). It was very beautiful and a great place for taking photos. After walking around the palace and its man made lake, we took a short boat ride back to the entrance.

After leaving the Palace, we left for lunch. To our surprise, we pulled up to a Pizza restaurant. We were all excited to eat something other than Chinese food. It was pretty delicious. We then drove back to the hotel to get dressed and ready for our match.

We had a little break at the hotel and about an hour bus drive to the University to which we played. It was a nice time to sit and relax for a bit before the match. The team we played was the best team in China and held up to their reputation, beating us in four games. Although we lost, we left the game knowing what we need to work on.

After the game we went to eat at a four story restaurant. The food was good and we all hade a good time. As we left the hotel, waiting for the bus, a little boy sold half of out team roses. He was just to cute to say no to.

We have a full day today and will be ready for the Great Wall tomorrow.

-Alesha Deesing & Jessica Swarbrick

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