Tracy's Thoughts - Day Two: Vatican City

May 29, 2009

VATICAN CITY - Day two started what seemed to be 10 minutes after our heads hit the pillow. But again, the student-athletes were ready to hit the city. Our tour started at 9 a.m. at the Vatican. While waiting patiently outside the city walls, we were struck with another pleasant surprise - Tony Parker and Eva Longoria! Nice to know we have some future paparazzis on our team.

The Vatican was amazing, with the grand finale being the absolutely beautiful Sistine Chapel. After our tour completed, we had a quick lunch and were told to head back through the Sistine Chapel to enter into the Basilica, also known as St. Peter's church, which is the largest Catholic church in the world. The Basilica was definitely a treat. There are no words to describe the size of this church, nor the beauty and detail that went into making it! The players and I were in awe.

After spending time inside the Basilica, everyone was on their own to discover the city. We had about five hours of free time before we were to meet again for dinner and to watch the Champions League Final game. For the most part everyone shopped and walked around the Champions League Fan Festival.

Dinner and the game were both tasty and exciting... we got on the bus tired, but smiling. Today is a new day with more adventures to come!

-Tracy Hamm

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