Greetings from Greece

Aug. 28, 2007

A Postcard from Jon Brockman

THESSALONIKI, Greece -- This is Jon Brockman reporting to you from Greece.

Hope all is well for all you Dawg Fans back home in Seattle. Things are going great here in Thessaloniki.

With our first two days of our summer basketball tour done the trip has already been worthwhile. Though the flight was never ending we finally arrived at our hotel 26 hours after we had left the Graves Building on campus.

We left campus at 5:00 a.m., checked in at SeaTac and departed at 7:30 a.m. on a five-hour flight to Newark, N.J. After a two-hour layover in Newark we boarded for a 10-hour flight to Athens. Another layover in that airport and we took a 35-minute flight to Thessaloniki. A 30-minute bus ride took us to our hotel, the Electra Palace.

Let me tell you, a 26-hour trip with that many hours on a plane for a 6'7'', 250-pound power forward is not a fun task.

First plan was to sleep as much as I could, but when you're sitting so scrunched up that you can't even lower your trey table it makes things a little difficult. So I watched a couple movies (Total Recall and Reign of Fire), played my PSP (300 and Call of Duty), and listened to my IPOD.

I am one of those people who is really bad at sitting still so it was a major accomplishment when we arrived and I had gone completely nuts.

Once we arrived to a fire/smoke free Greece (we did not see any of the fires) the long, hard wait was well worthwhile. The team immediately took showers, changed and headed out to explore the town.

It was much different than what we had imagined and the town of Thessaloniki was a lot younger and more modern than we had all thought.

We had our first Greek food experience for lunch, which turned out alright but we were right back at TGI Fridays for dinner.

I can not wait for the upcoming events this trip has in store for us. I also cannot wait to get onto the court and win some basketball games.

This is Jon Brockman, signing out from Greece.

God Bless.



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