WVB EuroTrip 2017: Day 11 - Munich, Germany

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    May 29, 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 11, the Women of Troy traveled from Prague, Czech Republic, to Munich, Germany, and were able to spend the afternoon and evening sightseeing in their final stop of a 12-day European Tour. Sophomore opposite hitter Daley Krage shares about the team's 11th day abroad.

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    Today, we woke up in Prague in the Czech Republic. We ate breakfast, got on the bus, and then had a long ride to Munich, Germany. We stopped about halfway through our trip at this rest stop and had lunch. It looked like typical fast food at first, but they had fresh pasta, which was interesting, so we all liked that.

    In total, our bus ride was about five hours. We got to our hotel and checked in and had about an hour to settle down and nap before our tour guide walked us to the town center. From there, we had about two hours to wander on our own. A lot of us went shopping and there were a lot of cool stores. I got some Birkenstocks, which is a German shoe company that I just adore.

    As Madison [Murtagh] and I were walking around today, one thing we talked about that was interesting was that the buildings were all so old and detailed, but then there's an Urban Outfitters or an Adidas store on the bottom, which is not what you'd expect. You can see that it's definitely been urbanized a lot, but there's still a lot of old Germany retained, so that is truly cool to see.

    When we were done, we met up to walk as a group to a beer garden for dinner. It was very good and we got to pick our own dishes, but it was still a lot of the same fare that we've been having. We had some wiener schnitzel, some meatballs, sausages, etc. From there, we all walked back to the hotel and were given the night to do what we'd like, but most of the girls will go to bed early because we're all pretty exhausted from the whole trip.

    I am 100-percent of German descent. When I was younger, my family took a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords, and we had a stop for a day or two when we came to visit Germany. I didn't get to see a lot of it then, but my heritage is strictly German. All of my grandparents can trace their ancestry back to this country and I think they are second generation Americans.

    My dad's parents, they moved to Germany when they were in their late teens because my grandpa was translating for the military. Two of my uncles were actually born in Germany, so they learned the language and brought a lot of the heritage over to the United States with them. Earlier tonight, I told Khalia [Lanier] that the beef that I was eating actually tasted a lot like something my grandma might have served me when I was younger. I thought that was really interesting.

    Some of the nuances with the food and with the culture here, I've definitely noticed. Even some of the customs we have at home, I've had it pointed out to me that "we do this because we're German." It was fun for me to be here and realize all of that.

    Hi, mom! I know you're going to share this. And hi to all of my friends and family who will see this because my mom shared it.