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    Keep Up with 'Cats in Europe - Day One

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM The first afternoon was spent exploring the city of Vienna in Austria.
    The first afternoon was spent exploring the city of Vienna in Austria.

    June 16, 2013


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    MARIBOR, Slovenia-- After a long day of travel, Northwestern Volleyball began the 2013 European Tour Saturday with its first stop in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria.

    The Wildcats traveling party departed O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Friday evening at about 11 p.m. CT. After a flight of just over eight hours, the 'Cats landed in Frankfurt, Germany a little after 1 p.m. local time. Following a brief layover, NU's contingent hopped on a quick flight to Vienna, where it would spend its first afternoon in Europe.

    Each day throughout the tour, a member of Northwestern's 2013 squad will chronicle the day's events for Sophomore Abbie Kraus leads things off with the following entry:

    Well, today marks the day of our gelato tour of Europe! After landing in Wien (Vienna), Austria, we made the short drive to tour the city. We first saw the church of St. Stephan, which was huge and so beautiful.

    Our tour guides, Djuro and Luka, cut us loose and we were able to go off by on our own and explore the city and find some dinner. [Hannah] Crippen, Yewande [Akanbi], Stephanie [Holthus], Monica [McGreal], Carks [Niedospial], and I went to dinner at a small café on a quaint side street, away from the noise and crowds of the main street. Steph tried the schnitzel, which is just a fancy word for pork that is breaded and fried. I, feeling quite adventurous, told the waiter, "Bring out your most popular dish!" I think I ate fried ground meat with a salad. I'm not really sure what it exactly was, but it was very good and I cleaned my plate!

    After dinner, we ran around the city trying to find the best gelato. My favorite was the raspberry that Crippen got. Another favorite was the "cookie" flavor. After getting our gelato fix, we crammed back into the van and drove to Slovenia. After two-and-a-half or three hours on the road, we arrived in Maribor around 11 p.m. We checked-in and soon snuggled in our beds with our books and fell asleep to dream about the wonders of Europe and prepare for our first match tomorrow.

    Go 'Cats!
    Abbie Kraus #13


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