My post from our team blog about our summer trip to Italy. 5 cities. 3 days. 10 games.
Unreal. Amazing. Great. Perfect. Crazy. Fun. Unforgettable.
So many people have asked me how our trip to Italy was and above are the only adjectives I can seem to come up with to describe the 10 days spent abroad. It’s actually quite pathetic and I wish I knew the way to put together sentences that could thoroughly express the sheer joy, awe, and gratitude I felt (and honestly am still feeling) after being able to reflect on what I experienced.
I could sit here and write about all of our tours, the beauty of our last stop in Lake Como, or even the small side trip a few of us took to Switzerland (their chocolate is no joke)- but that’s not what made this trip so impactful.
Talk to anyone on our team and each one of us will tell you that what makes Drake so special at the end of the day are the people. Why this trip meant so much to all of us was not because of what we saw, (which don’t get me wrong- was all unbelievably cool) but rather the fact that we did it all together.
It’s kind of funny, but each time someone asks me what my favorite part was of the trip was, my first instinct is to say the bus rides. I have never laughed harder than I did in the back row of a cramped charter bus with my team driving to the Minneapolis airport and back from Switzerland…and really every other ride in between. I’m going to remember sitting on the rooftop patio looking over the city of Florence just talking and laughing with my teammates, my coaches, and their families.
As much as I want to, I will never forget Cortni’s seafood salad misunderstanding and Becca Hittner eating 3 squid out of the raw medley of creatures Cort had on her plate – eyeballs and all (YUCK). And I definitely won’t forget the sun on my face as I sat on a boat riding through Lake Como talking to one of our life-long fans and supporters of all things Drake, Barb Sease, and listening to her tell about all the places she’s been and her advice for traveling.
This trip gave us an opportunity to get closer to each other as teammates and as a Drake family. On our last night, each of us players had the chance to stand up in front of our group of 60+ members and thank everyone who made the trip and those who make it possible for us to live out our dream every single day. There are few times in life that I have felt so much love and compassion circulate throughout a room like it did that night. It’s these moments I am beyond thankful for and will hold close to my heart moving forward.
Overall, yes, this trip makes me want to see the world… but the time for that will come and it can take it’s time getting here. For now, my heart is in Des Moines, Iowa and I’m more than certain it’s going to remain there a while. It’s an absolute privilege to wear Drake across my chest… we have a special thing going here and I couldn’t be more thankful to be apart of it.
It’s been a great trip, a great summer, and I’m looking forward to an even better year.