WVB EuroTrip 2017: Day 2 - Reykjavik, Iceland

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    May 20, 2017

    The USC women's volleyball team is in Europe from May 18-30 for seven international exhibition matches and a taste of European culture and sightseeing. On Day 2, the Women of Troy were in Reykjavik, Iceland, where they visited a hot springs during the day, and then faced and defeated the Denmark National Team, 3-0 (29-17, 25-22, 25-14), in the evening. Sophomore defensive specialist Raegan LeGrand blogs about the team's second day abroad.


    After being here for a second day, most people felt like they got a better hold on the time change this morning, so that was good. We had breakfast as a team and then headed out to the secret lagoon hot springs. There was a normal hot spring where we all went swimming, but there were a couple of areas where we weren't allowed because the water there was over 100 degrees Celsius. You would melt. Some people stayed in the lagoon the whole time while some of our teammates went over and meditated over on the grass and just got recharged.

    After our morning activity, we were on the bus for about an hour to head back to Reykjavik for lunch. We went to downtown and were looking around for some authentic Icelandic food but I ended up having some really good fish and chips. There were a lot of options like gyros or hot dogs, and Italian places.

    In that area, we saw a lot of people who had just graduated from high school and they were all wearing weird outfits like cow costumes, nuns, and other things. We took pictures with them and they were all super nice.

    We had an hour and a half before our match so some of us slept. I felt we did pretty well in the first set even though we had to fight our way back to win. Then, we had to come back to win the second set, but after that, I feel like we stepped on the gas pedal and cruised from there. Overall, it was a good day.

    The places we saw this morning reminded me of parts of Nebraska. I would see places like that whenever we'd drive to where I played volleyball, just without as many mountains. Iceland is so beautiful and I feel sort of ignorant because before this, I had never been like, "wow -- I've got to go visit Iceland one day," but now, if I ever have the opportunity, I would love to come back.

    The people here are so nice, and it's been nice that so many of them speak English pretty well. We've only been here for two days, but I'm so excited to see what else Europe has in store for us on the rest of this trip. Fight On!