The Mavericks started their journey home to Omaha on Friday, taking a 10 1/2-hour flight from Rome to Atlanta.
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#euromavs Blog: Arrivederci, Italia!

Omaha Athletics | August 22, 2015

#euromavs Italy Blog: Post #10
by Tra-Deon Hollins and Devin Patterson

Part 1 -- TRA-DEON HOLLINS

Italy has been an amazing experience I will never forget. Our last free day in Rome, Friday, was a day for me to just relax and finalize the rest of my shopping I hadn't completed. As I explored the streets of Rome, I tried to speak to everyone who crossed my path, greeting them with "Ciao," a word that we were so unsure of upon our arrival here a week ago. The Kool-Aid smile on my face also lightened the mood with the locals, because I was just so glad to be here experiencing another culture.

During our time abroad, my team and I competed in what many Italians called "matches," and we won them all to finish 4-0 on the trip. At first taking the court, I was overwhelmed because it was my first organized game competition in a long time. But it was easy to fit in quickly because everything has been so family-oriented with our team.

All in all, we've made lasting memories in Italy that will never be forgotten and built bonds among our team that can never be broken. Seeing Milan, Florence and Rome, along with the smaller towns where we played, has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Now we have another adventure waiting for us -- it's time to pack our bags, fly home and get ready for the start of school and the season. Ciao!

Part 2 -- DEVIN PATTERSON
What’s up, everyone? This DP3, aka Devin Patterson, with the last blog of the trip to Italy. Today we made our long journey back to Omaha. The flight from Rome to Atlanta was 10 and a half hours but wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I stayed up for eight hours watching movies, and the food they served was pretty good too.

I had so much fun on our trip. Italy is very different from the U.S., but it’s a beautiful country. From Milan to Florence to Rome, the cities got better and better. I really enjoyed our private tour of Lake Como and the shopping we did in Florence, but Rome was my favorite city out of the three where we stayed. Rome is so historic but also looked more modern than the other cities. There were so many things to do there, such as shopping, going to see the Colosseum, the great Palatine Hill, the Vatican (or as we nicknamed it, "The Pope's House") and inside that, St. Peter’s Basilica.

And I can’t forget about our games! We won all four games on our schedule, but we definitely have a lot of work to do before the season starts. This trip really helped our chemistry on and off the floor. We didn’t always agree with each other and we weren't perfect in our games, but at the end of the day we took a huge step early for our team.

Finally, I want to say thanks to everyone who helped make this trip possible. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget, and I’m so thankful to have done it with this coaching staff and these teammates.

I’m out y'all. Go Mavs!

Check out previous entries from the #euromavs blog below:
#1 -- Benvenuti a Milano! (Aug. 13, Kyler Erickson)
#2 -- Lake Como and Gameday #1 (Aug. 14, JT Gibson/Randy Reed II)
#3 -- More Exploring in Milan (Aug. 15, Jake White)
#4 -- Next Up, Florence (Aug. 16, Devin Newsome)
#5 -- A Free Day in Florence (Aug. 17, Marcus Tyus/Ben Kositzke)
#6 -- Ciao, Roma! (Aug. 18, Zach Pirog/Tim Smallwood)
#7 -- A Few of Our Favorites in Italy (Aug. 19, Daniel Meyer/Zach Jackson)
#8 -- Big Sightseeing and a Big Win (Aug. 20, Tre'Shawn Thurman)
#9 -- Soaking Up Our Final Hours in Rome (Aug. 21, Alex Allbery)

Browse our ongoing trip photo gallery from our Facebook page: #euromavs photo album.

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