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FSU Volleyball: European Tour, Day Fourteen

May 22, 2000


We packed up for the long trip home and a day of sightseeing in
Copenhagen. We rode a charter bus to the train station and put our luggage
in a storage area. We walked through a light rain to get to the tour boat
“Nato Badene”. The boat took us through the canals where we saw the home of
Hans Christian Anderson, the Old Harbor and Royal Residence , the “Littlest
Mermaid” sculpture, the Royal Library (called the Black Diamond) and the
Old Fish Market. We broke up into small groups for lunch and a variety of
activities, some went shopping, some went to an English speaking movie, and
others walked around the busy downtown area. At 5:00pm we met at the train
station, grabbed a snack, our luggage (which is a lot with all the shopping
we did) and boarded our first train of the evening. It was sad to say
good-bye to our tour guide, John. He had become a good friend over the past
few weeks. We had our own car with tables and just enough room to sit
comfortably. They played cards, listened to CD’s, read books, ate snacks
and watched the beautiful scenery go by the window. The train went onto a
ferry and we crossed over the Baltic Sea to Germany. The ferry ride was
only 45 minutes and most people stayed on the train.

We switched trains in Hamburg at 10:18pm and got our own first
class sleeper car to Frankfurt. The cabins had comfortable bunk beds and a
full bathroom. Some of us went to the dining car for a snack before going
to the cabins for our six hours of sleep. we got a wake-up call at 4:15am
and gathered for a quick breakfast in the dining car before dragging our
luggage off this train and getting on our final train to the airport. We
felt like we have gone up and down escalators through every train station
and airport in Europe. We get checked in at the Delta counter and spread
out in the gate area to get a little more sleep before we board our plane
to Atlanta. We have a couple of pieces of crystal that have been broken but
we are in pretty good shape and awfully good spirits for the last day of a
16 day trip. We have only a little over 24 hours to go until touchdown in
Tallahassee.

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