After leaving Israel our traveling picked us significantly to say the least. We left Tel Aviv on a Friday morning to go to Ankara, Turkey (after 2 flights). That same night we played a game in front of about 5-6 thousand people. The people in Ankara really looked at us like celebrities! We spent the night in Ankara and left the next morning by plane to go to Izmir, Turkey. We played a game that same night and the attention in Izmir was just as great as Ankara. After the game we were bombarded by little boys and girls who kept saying they loved us and did not want us to go (security actually had to control the situation). The next morning we took another plane ride from Izmir to Instanbul, Turkey. Again, we played a game that same night in front of the biggest crowd yet (maybe 10 thousand!). After the game the promoters said they would take us out to dinner so we quickly went back to the hotel and got back on the bus. The promoters took us about 30 minutes away to a extremely nice restaurant in downtown Instanbul. The restaurant was on a little island in the middle of a river where we had to take a ferri to get to it (it was amazing!). The next morning we got on a plane once again to travel to Bosnia. After landing in Bosnia, the bus took us to a place called Zenica where we to play a game that same night. The game was very different than the others simply because it was played in Bosnia Universitys gym. The gym was similar to a high school gym in the US, and the atmophere was great considering it was jammed packed. The Zenica game was last night for me. This morning we were all very happy to hear that we would be traveling by bus the rest of the week. Today we traveled about 2 and a half hours to a place called Tulza...I may be mispelling that. Tonight we have to travel about an hour to play in an 8pm game. We arrived in Tulza at about 1pm so a few teammates and I were able to go explore the town and grab a bite to eat at a local cafe. Everywhere we go people turn their heads as I am walking with americans that are no shorter than 6 foot 5 inches. Anyway, we met some locals who were so excited to see americans that they bought us hour passes to a little internet spot. As for the rest of the week, we are all over Bosnia by bus until friday, and we play a game everynight. Ill try and keep you updated!
GO GUILFORD BBALL!!