VARESE, Italy – Every day during the Islanders men's basketball team's overseas tour in Italy, GoIslanders.com will bring you Postcards from Italy – a combination of photos from the day's activities and a brief recap on the events from members of the men's basketball team.
In today's installment, we check in with sophomore Jelani Currie to get his thoughts on the team's trip so far.
Today I enjoyed my time in Italy. We started off with a 9:00 breakfast containing croissants, fruit and scrambled eggs. Shortly after, we departed from the hotel for practice.
Our practice was different from the norm. Coach Wilson started it off with a couple of fun drills like dribble tag and dribble knock out. Then we finished practice with some footwork drills to adjust to the European rule changes.
After practice we ate lunch in Varese center again. Brandon Pye and I found this sandwich shop to eat at. We both ordered a smoked salmon sandwich and some fries to go with it. It was delicious. I have really enjoyed the food here. After lunch we went across the street to a gelato shop for some ice cream. After that we looked around in a few stores then it was time to go back to the hotel.
At the hotel we were given some down time until dinner. Most of us spent it catching up on sleep. For dinner, around 7:30, we went to back to the square. This time I found a pizza shop to eat at. I just ordered a regular cheese pizza. It was pretty good.
After dinner we went back to the hotel. At the hotel I hung out with a few of my teammates in the lobby and reflected on the day. So far I have really enjoyed the time we've spent in Italy. The scenery is great and I have never seen any place like it. I would definitely like to come back someday.
A new component of Postcards from Italy is Coach Wilson's rating of the pistachio gelato from various places throughout the country. This came after Maury Hanks, the leader of our trip, told Coach about the quality of the gelato in the town of Bellagio. Every day, we'll have Coach's ratings of the dessert at the end of the postcard.
In today's ratings, Coach decided to step away from his traditional pistachio and give raspberry/blueberry a try.
Day 1 – Milan – 8
Day 1 – Varese (Buosi Gelato) – 8
Day 2 – Varese (Varese center) – 6
Day 3 – Varese center (Blueberry/Raspberry) – 7