Greetings from Greece
Sept. 6, 2007
ATHENS, Greece -- Hey what's up Husky fans? This is Quincy Pondexter writing to you from Newark, New Jersey. We just arrived after an 11-hour flight from Athens, Greece.
It is good to finally be back in America; too bad we aren't in Seattle yet but at least we get to eat some good old American food now. Our team is currently hanging out in the Newark Airport for a four-hour layover.
After the long flight from Athens, we had to fill out a form and go through customs. Then we picked up the luggage we checked in at Greece and re-checked it in at Newark.
We still have another six-hour flight to go before we finally get to sleep in our own beds.
Amongst many other things that were a lot different in Greece, basketball was actually one of them. The type of basketball they play in Europe is very different and it seems to be more like a soccer game on a court. The teams we played were very physical and fundamentally sound and challenged us in every aspect of the game of basketball.
Our team really stepped up and played well in Greece and we have got a great jump start on the upcoming season in which I feel we will be more successful than last year with the pieces we have.
The first thing I'm going do when I get back to Seattle is sleep and pay my rent that was due on the 1st. Then I'm going to get ready to head to Fresno for the weekend. After that, I'm in Seattle for the rest of the year.
On this trip we got to see a lot of history that most people only get to see in pictures and on TV. My favorite thing we got to do on this trip came during the last full day when we got to take a cruise of three Greek islands, Poros, Hydra and Aegina.
The sights were amazing and it was cool to body slam Coach Dollar in the Mediterranean Sea (even though he got me back).
We didn't see any fires in Greece, or places that had been burned, until our drive to the airport the last day. Some of the hillsides were burned.
Ten days have never seemed so long without cell phones and recognizable foods and with a 10-hour time difference.
This trip was one truly to be remembered for a lifetime. Greece was a lot of fun and a great experience for us all. We had a great chance for our team to bond, as well as take in the great sights and play some highly competitive games.
Well I've got to go get on the plane now. See ya on Montlake.