Cougar soccer freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair is in training with the Canadian National Team. She will keeping a diary and you can find her entries here. The following is the first installment.
DAY ONE-TRAVEL DAY (By Gurveen Clair)
Being so anxious and excited to go on the trip, getting up wasn't the problem, staying awake was. Boarding my plane in Pullman, I met WSU President Floyd who was flying to Seattle. We chatted for a bit before taking our seats. The minute we got off the ground I was out like a light. I didn't wake up until our plane hit the Seattle runway and the passenger next to me gave a little nudge. I had about three hours to kill in the airport before the ridiculously long flight began. The flight wasn't as bad as I thought. I sat in a middle seat which I absolutely hate! And my two neighbours took a little more space than they should have so I was fairly cramped. I slept and watched The Last Song so time flew by pretty quickly.
More of Gurveen's diary after the jump.
Once I got off my plane in Chicago, I had to find my new age. Problem, no gate number on my ticket. I'm sure I asked three ladies where to go before I realized I could check the monitors. Once I found my gate, I met a dad and 7-year-old who moving to Portland.
The little boy wouldn't stop talking and even asked me to take his picture! It was adorable. He was eating Doritos and made the biggest mess. After they got on their own flight, I was again left to my own entertainment: music and movies on my computer until my hour-delayed flight arrived. A quick note, people in Chicago aren't as approachable as the West Coast, at least the ones I've come across.
It was insanely hot and humid when I arrived in Rome. I thought the early August weather in Pullman was bad, but this is about five times worse. I arrived around noon, Aug. 25 and met immediately with the team for lunch. I am now about nine hours ahead of Pacific Time, so I was having a little trouble keeping my eyes open.
We also had an hour-long training session. It was nice and light, but technically and mentally demanding. It was good to get the feet going again. Dinner followed in the hotel. We were served a three-course meal. We started by building our own salad and only oil and vinegar are available as a dressing. A noodle soup with vegetables and a tomato liquid was next. I really enjoyed it and I'm not much of a soup person. The third dish was a piece of steak with potatoes. The seasoning was a little different, but still very delicious.
Tomorrow will be a busier day with testing and sessions and possible meetings. So until next time, Ciao!