Travel Buddy

January 12th, 2016 | Uncategorized

 By now, it’s fairly evident that Katie and I are pretty close. We’ve been teammates for four years, roommates for the last three of those years, and together, were given the amazing opportunity of coming to Ireland for an entire year (thank you Sport Changes Life for making that happen!).


Not only have we seen our fair share of basketball courts together, but countries as well. After our Euro trip, Katie and I have traveled to 8 different countries together (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, France)! How many people can say that they have gotten to travel the world with their best friend? I’m very thankful to have had this opportunity with such a great friend! Being able to explore new countries is a blessing in its self, but adding good company makes it that much better. 


Katie is great travel buddy don’t get me wrong, but her and I together, alone in a foreign country with no English speakers, and literally no sense of direction is definitely a sight to see. Katie and I make getting lost a very normal occurrence. We had several conversations like this over the duration of our trip:


“Do you think it’s this way?”

“It definitely is. I totally know where we are.”

**10 minutes later**

“Yeah… I have no idea where we are… Let’s find a Starbucks so we can get Wi-Fi”


Although it did force us to walk far more than we originally planned it was all part of the fun! That being said, Paris was the first time that we had no other friends with us to help navigate through the city. It was time for Katie and I to either sink or swim. Thankfully, when it came down to it we were able to get where we needed to go… even if it meant we went around in a couple circles beforehand. We just wanted to fully take in the scenery before we left, that’s all. 😉  


Our Euro trip consisted of lots of laughs, smiles, and countless remixes to Adele’s song ‘Hello’… If only people thought we were as funny as we do, right Katie? Although by the end of the trip, I’m not sure if we were really that funny or we were just laughing from exhaustion and deliria. Nonetheless, we laughed our entire way through Europe and I couldn’t think of anyone better to have by my side. 


Thank you for the near death experience in the Indian restaurant, for minimizing my freak out as we climbed the Eiffel Tower, for trying escargot together, for making me sit in a cheese store in Amsterdam for 15 minutes while you tried every sample, but most importantly, for all the memories!


Victory Scholar: Sarah Benedetti

Present University: University of Limerick

US League: NEC

Club/Community Partner: UL Huskies

Alma Mater: St. Francis College 

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland


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