Hey everyone – Matt Rose here.
When we were in the Nashville airport in line at Starbucks, Boom came to me and asked if I would be willing to write the blog for our first official day in Rome. I said of course, I would absolutely love to, it would be an honor… how could I forget? So here I am now writing about our second full day in Italy because I forgot and went to sleep early yesterday.
We woke up this morning to a somewhat painfully early alarm around 6:30 a.m. to get ready for breakfast at 7, because then we were off to the Vatican! (Some players including myself may or may not have been a little late to the breakfast). After a good, short breakfast, the whole party got onto the bus for a roughly 15-minute ride to the Vatican. We arrived and immediately waited in a pretty long line to get inside. Once we got in, we were given our radios and ear pieces in order to listen to our tour guide amongst so many different people and groups. Then the tour started!
It would be foolish to try to put the beauty and awe of the Vatican into words. Each room and hallway seemed to have more beautiful art and sculptures than the last. The highlight, of course, had to be the Sistine Chapel. Words cannot describe the feeling you get walking into that big room. I couldn’t help but immediately pull out my phone to take pictures and videos, shortly after getting yelled at by a guard to put it away.
We followed up the Sistine Chapel with St Peter’s Basilica. What everyone seemed to be asking was how the heck they constructed something so massive so many years ago? Observing the priests and nuns led to many good conversations about faith throughout the team. We then hit the gift shop quickly and departed back for the hotel! Some of the guys and I stopped at a pizza place for a quick lunch before coming back to nap for a bit. (Yes pizza in Italy is actually better than in America)
Tonight, we are thinking about going to the Spanish Steps and having dinner in that area. Zach Flener told me yesterday that the McDonald’s down there is better than any McDonald’s in America. Seriously, he told me that the inside is filled with nice furniture and looks more like a coffee lounge than what it normally does. We’ll have to check it out.
This trip is already so special for our team. I don’t think anyone on the team excluding Jaxson has ever been here before, and there is something incredibly bonding for a group like us exploring a new country and new culture together. We’re excited for the rest of the week.
Quotes of the day:
“Yo, Michelangelo went HAM with the paintbrush!” –Kenny Cooper
“Yeah, Michelangelo was definitely in his bag.” –Zach Flener