Thursday, August 22, 2013

MBB European Tour Journal #6 by Jake Belford

Journal Entry #6 – Thursday, August 22, 2013
By Sophomore Jake Belford

The coveted tiramisu (Photo by Brian Sullivan)
Wednesday arrived, and we all met downstairs to enjoy yet another delicious and well-balanced breakfast. I went with the Nutella toast and almost everyone grabbed two or three of the infamous yet simple, powdered sugar croissants with a side of milk.

The afternoon was fairly uneventful with mostly everyone resorting back to their rooms to catch a nap or enjoy the Italian version of Taking Pelham 123 (a Connor Perkey favorite). After our downtime, we gathered downstairs to enjoy a plethora of meats and mini grilled cheese sandwiches as a snack to carb load before our game.

The short walk to our venue, made easy by the beautiful scenery of the small city of Bormio and the wondrous backdrop of the Alps took no more than 10 minutes. The absence of manager, Will Thoni, and five other players made warm-ups seem a bit odd, leading to a bit of a slow start, but once we got going, we cruised to another convincing win.

Dinner started off great, but rumors started swirling about regarding the absence of the Hotel Palace's tiramisu dessert that night. Rumors quickly turned into fact but despite the squad's collective sigh of disappointment, we enjoyed the meal and all gathered in the lobby to explore what the small side streets of Bormio had to offer. Our instincts took us to yet another gelato spot and not a drop of delicious frappe was left in any of our cups.

After breakfast the next morning, we ventured over to the local arena for a shoot around to get some shots up before the highly anticipated Bormio 3000 adventure led by chief expedition leader, Brian Sullivan. While a few of us stayed back (including me) to enjoy some relaxing downtime, the others took to the mountainside.
De'Mon Brooks chose the pool (Photo by De'Mon)

"It was a rather smooth ascension thanks to a savvy expedition leader and a loyal team," says Brian Sullivan. He adds, "this however, was not the case for all as the coaching staff chose to take their own more indirect (and really slow) route up."

Some of the hikers remarked on a brief moment of panic as Chris Czerapowicz went missing, but soon found him a ways down the slope catching a few rays. At about the 2700 meter mark, most of the group turned back to head back to the hotel, while a few others ventured up to the summit to take in the breathtaking view of the Italian alps. Everyone arrived back safely and in one piece, and adjourned to the spa to rest their sore legs from the trek. We wrapped up our night at dinner and made sure not to miss another opportunity to enjoy the tiramisu.

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