June 26, 2017
CHICAGO - The final recap of the DePaul softball team's trip to France and Italy takes a look back at the entire experience with Skylor Hilger and Pat Moore. The team returned to Chicago on Friday evening after experiencing a wonderful 10-day trip to Europe.
The past 10 days for DePaul softball have been anything but boring. Starting in Paris, we walked in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul and it was humbling for us to learn about what our school is built upon. Amongst the history we were able to experience French culture and all of the beautiful monuments including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, which was overwhelmingly beautiful. When we were not touring the city and learning about Vincentian history we were graciously accepted by many restaurants and cafes and served extraordinary foods and desserts, I could eat just their bread for a main course it was so fresh.
After a quick two-hour flight we got off the plane to enter the country of Italy which was an entirely different culture. Milan gave us our first taste of gelato, which would prove to become an everyday, sometimes twice a day, necessity. In those days in Milan we spent our time looking and shopping in the famous fashion city. But, what we came to Milan for was to play softball. The players and coaches were extremely welcoming and the game was one of the best experiences of our lives, not to mention the cake and beverages they splurged us with afterwards. The best part about the game was that we will forever be able to say that we played in Milan, something that we will never forget and something that not everyone can say they have done.
Finally we ended our endeavor in Rome. Getting to Rome was quite the hectic experience. The amount of luggage compared to the amount of space was not ideal, but once settled in the train ride was unexpectedly smooth and the scenery was unforgettable. Once stepping into the city, I felt my jaw literally drop. The amount of history within the architecture on each street was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. From the Colosseum and Vatican City to just the fragmented buildings around the corner, we were indulged in tradition. Although each day was a battle of strength from the sun and the long walks, it was well worth it because the scenery is something that is incomparable to anything else in the world. After each long day we got time on our own to explore where we were able to shop, explore, and not to forget, eat more gelato.
The last day here in Rome we had a farewell dinner in which we reflected upon this amazing opportunity we all had gotten. As student-athletes in this DePaul program we have all been truly blessed to be a part of this trip and to have this experience. Overall going from country to country the monuments, history, and people were beyond inviting and unique. Sadly the journey has come to and end and we must now hesitantly say, goodbye, Au Revoir, and Ciao!