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20070523 Arizona Women's Basketball Tour of Italy: Day 9 - Florence
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Release: 05/23/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><A href="http://www.arizonaathletics.com/PhotoAlbum.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1600&amp;PALBID=11609">Photo Gallery</A></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">By Amina Njonkou<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">After spending time in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">Milan</st1:City> area and visiting <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Lake</st1:PlaceType> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Como</st1:PlaceName>, I thought we saw everything that could be nice in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Italy</st1:place></st1:country-region>. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I was wrong. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florence</st1:place></st1:City> is amazing. Lets recall that <st1:City w:st="on">Florence</st1:City> used to be the capital of <st1:country-region w:st="on">Italy</st1:country-region> before it was moved to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rome</st1:place></st1:City>; may be this explains why the city is nicely built.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Yesterday, we took a visit to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florence</st1:place></st1:City>. Our day was filled with shopping because <st1:City w:st="on">Florence</st1:City> is known to be the best shopping place in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Italy</st1:place></st1:country-region>. And it is because once we got out of the bus, I was in the rush to see what I could buy.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Before we took a walk to the open market, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florence</st1:place></st1:City> didn&rsquo;t seem to be that great of a shopping place.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Everyone, even Beatrice Bofia, started to ask why I told them that <st1:City w:st="on">Florence</st1:City> was the best shopping place in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Italy</st1:place></st1:country-region>. But after a few minutes of walking, we got to an open market and I could see the smiles on everybody&rsquo;s faces. It was shopping time! Even though things were expensive, everybody tried to leave <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florence</st1:place></st1:City> with something. Even Dr. Helming, who hasn&rsquo;t bought anything since we have been here, ended up buying something special for his wife. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">We also visited all of the historic places of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florence</st1:place></st1:City>. So we decided to have lunch first and that was a good call because the rest of the day was tough. So most of my teammates stopped at one of those expensive restaurants (everything here is so expensive, even food) to get something to eat. After Suzy Bofia finished eating, we chose another walk to the open market where I surprisingly found an African woman selling African food. So I decided to get some, and it was three-times cheaper compared to the price Marie McGee paid for her food.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">When everybody finished eating, we then went to the Museum Di Academia where we admired Michelangelo&rsquo;s famous artwork: the statue of David. It was gorgeous. We all loved the statue and I even told Shannon Hobson that David was cute; and I don&rsquo;t say that about a lot of men.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">After the Museum, it was time to take a walk to one of the biggest churches in the world. I could see the fatigue in the face of my teammates but at the same time I was amazed with Patty Ota and Grace Henry and their ability to walk without fatigue. It made me feel bad because at my age I was feeling more tired than them. After that, we walked to the oldest bridge in <st1:place w:st="on">Europe</st1:place>. On our way to the bridge, we saw some jewelry stores with everything in gold. I tried to bring Ashley Whisonant inside one of them but she said no, probably because she knew what the prices were going to be like.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Finally, after a long day visiting the museum and the bridge, we all decided to get gelato (ice cream) and head back to our hotel. Right now I am looking forward to our next city which is <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rome</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CIAO!<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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