August 16, 2010

QU Men's Basketball In Europe: Day 1


What's up QU fans, Sean Light here reporting live from Amsterdam. We just finished up our first day here on our European Tour. It was a long day of traveling and touring. We left Newark Airport on Saturday at around 7 p.m. and eight hours later we touched down in Paris. The flight was real long, but we had games, movies, and TV shows to keep us busy during the time. It was definitely an experience to see the sun set and rise all in one flight. A lot of the other passengers and some of the stewardesses were commenting on how it was going to be a long flight for some of our taller guys like Justin Rutty and Jamee Jackson. When we finally got into Paris it was raining and a bit cold outside. We all got something to eat while we waited for our connecting flight to Amsterdam. This flight was much shorter, only a little over an hour, and I was able to get my first few minutes of sleep since Friday morning. It's tough for the taller guys to get comfortable and sleep with little to no room to move.


We finally arrived at our destination in Amsterdam at about 11:30 a.m. local time, and with the six hour difference, that would be 5:30 a.m. back in Hamden. We picked up our luggage and met up with our tour guide, Oda, who gave us a great three-hour tour of the city and surrounding areas. We stopped and walked around a village where they had the old-time windmills spinning (for good reason, the wind was real strong). We learned how they made wooden shoes, and many different kinds of cheese. Then we went outside to look at the village and the windmills. In the surrounding fields and streams there were sheep, goats, chickens, and ducks. Several of the guys started feeding grass to one of the goats, and for some reason decided to name the goat Bill.

After seeing sites such as the Royal Palace, and Amsterdam's version of Times Square, we finally arrived at our hotel at around 4:30 p.m. local time and soon after we left for dinner at the Hard Rock Café. On the short walk over to the restaurant we passed an accordion player on the sidewalk which sparked and impromptu dance demonstration by Will Harrison, and one very lucky Dutch girl. At the restaurant we successfully caused a scene when we had the waitresses sing to our very own Kevin Tarca on his 20th birthday.

Day one is in the books, and the time on my clock in the hotel room is reading 23:55, which I'm guessing means I need to get some sleep. Goodnight Bobcat fans from Amsterdam!