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20070519 Arizona Women's Basketball Tour of Italy: Day 6 - Murano
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Release: 05/19/2007
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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=11535">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: Hillary Beck<?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">Video Coordinator<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">Today was our version of the a la carte day, meaning there were options and everyone in our group could pick what they chose to do for their remaining day in the Venice/Jesolo area.<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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The option taken by the majority of the group included a trip to Murano, which is basically a separate <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">island</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Venice</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> where handmade, world-renowned glass is blown and sculpted into amazing works of art. We had the opportunity to take a tour through one of the glass blowing factories in Murano to see these people actually at work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was amazing and unlike anything we&rsquo;d ever seen before.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The men that were doing the glass blowing were all working together on one chandelier that the tour guide showed us a picture of.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They would pull these iron bars out of the glowing red-hot ovens with bright balls of melted gooey glass at the end of them as they walked back to their work stations to mold it into the next piece of the chandelier.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>One man was making replicas of the same bulb type pieces over and over.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He would blow these pieces to perfection in a matter of about 2 minutes and crank out another before we could even figure out what was really going on.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was unreal.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They were definitely masters of their trade.<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">From the glass factory we walked around the &ldquo;streets&rdquo; of Murano for a while and took in some lunch at local cafes alongside the canals and the shops.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Murano was very colorful in comparison to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Venice</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was decorated everywhere with the glass figures and definitely was not nearly as commercial as <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Venice</st1:place></st1:City>, so it was a nice change of pace for a few hours.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Still though, some of us needed to head back to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Venice</st1:place></st1:City> to make sure there wasn&rsquo;t any stone we may have left unturned, so we went to catch our water taxi. It was just about then that the day got interesting.<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 had missed the prior taxi, so we were told to meet back in 20 minutes for the next taxi.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Well, most of us didn&rsquo;t wander off too far.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>When the taxi arrived about seven and a half minutes later, those of us who were still within shouting distance were totally safe, but there were a few stragglers who had decided that those 20 minutes to spare would be a great time to go grab some ice cream for the boat ride back.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Coach Bonvicini was the one missing and when she realized that the taxi was leaving without her, none of us had ever seen her move so fast.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I mean, she could move!<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Forget the fact that she was holding a fudgecicle in hand and not willing to put it down, she was going to get on that taxi.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Well that didn&rsquo;t happen.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Coach B missed the taxi and would wait another seven and a half minutes for the next one.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was definitely one of the funnier moments of the trip so far.<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">The group dispersed onto their separate ways from that point in the day.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Some shopped until they dropped in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Venice</st1:place></st1:City> while others hit the beach back in Jesolo.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>At the end of the day we all met up and gathered for an amazing family style dinner just down the street from our hotel in Jesolo.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We changed it up and skipped the pasta course tonight because some were getting a bit worn out on pasta.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steak, fish, potatoes, zucchini, salad, fruit, bread, and even some tiramisu for desert made for a fabulous end to another amazing day in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Italy</st1:country-region></st1:place>.<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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Until the next time, Ciao!<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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