We have the day off today from practice. In the morning, we had our typical breakfast then the team met in the lobby with all of our luggage to move to our new hotel.
The bus was a little late so we played some epic card games: Egyptian rat screw, BS, go-fish and speed. The new hotel is closer to the gym that we practice and play in. I thought our original hotel was nice but the new one was even better!
Each room is apartment style with one bedroom, shower, living room and a full kitchen! A couple of the rooms have washing machines too. Once we settled into our rooms we had lunch, which consisted of salad, soup, chicken kebabs, and a pastry. It was a similar meal provided by our previous hotel.
Each team eats in the same place and has a long table with their country's flag on it. Robin now joins us for meals. It's fun getting to talk to him and learning what it's like as a university student in the Czech Republic.
Since we don't have practice the coaches are taking us downtown to shop. We took the trolley and we definitely do not blend in with everyone in USA gear and not to mention how most of the team is over 6-feet tall with one 6'8" girl. Robin is also representing USA in t-shirts the coaches gave him.
While walking around downtown we found a fountain the locals use to cool off. We took our shoes and socks off and joined them! It felt so good in the 85 degree heat. We went to an exchange place to get Czech money, koruna. The exchange rate is 19.2.
The team was stoked that there was a gelato place right next door. They have Smurf, "Smoula" gelato here! It's bright blue and no one could figure out what it tastes like. We also walked to the "green" square where there is a farmers market selling fresh fruits, veggies and flowers.
The team split up and wandered in and out of stores. I went to a sports store and a cute, tiny boutique selling trinkets, jewelry, purses, sun dresses and scarves. The vendor lady knew little English so we communicated through numbers on a calculator and hand motions.
Hanging around downtown Brno was so fun and definitely a successful shopping and site seeing experience! We returned to the hotel and by this time most of our friends from home were awake. Everyone was on their phones calling, texting, snapchatting and FaceTiming. Later we had dinner and watched film on Bulgaria. We are just relaxing the rest of the night.
I'm excited to practice our game plan for Bulgaria tomorrow morning. Have a great day everyone! Go USA!