Basketball - Central Asia
Today concluded our trip to beautiful Central Asia. We spent our last full day up in the mountains to debrief and reflect over the last week. I decided to go pretty far up the mountain, which about killed me, because of the altitude. However, it was an amazing view over the city. We had about an hour to reflect and about 45 minutes in a rain storm moved in and three of us got caught up on the mountain and got soaked coming back down. I guess that’s the price you pay for a great view.
That night we went to a traditional Uzbek restaurant where we had some national dishes. We had Plove, which is just rice with vegetables and meat. I think that was our favorite dish all week! We also had Shashlik, which is a huge Shish-kabob with either lamb, duck, or chicken. It was a ton of food and we were all stuffed by the end. It was cool to learn about an Uzbek traditional meal and the way they eat it! I got to eat my Plove with me fingers which made me feel like a kid again.
When we got back from dinner, we had to pack really quickly, and then the girls we had been working with at camp came to our hostel to spend the last few hours with us. They made us signs with lots of pictures from the week and even wrote down the Russian words we learned so that we wouldn’t forget them. They also came to the airport at 2am to say goodbye. I know for me it was incredibly hard to say goodbye to them. They impacted my life so much this week and I’m going to miss them terribly. They have the sweetest hearts and I loved spending time with them and getting to know them. So many memories were made on this trip and I know we not only impacted their lives but they impacted ours and left their mark on our hearts that will remain forever.
We also had to say goodbye as teammates today. I had a blast getting to know each one of these girls and coaches, I couldn’t have asked for better people to share this life changing experience with. This trip exceeded beyond my expectations and I’m so thankful I got to share it with the people that I did. Thank you to everyone who supported us, it wouldn’t have happened without you!
Saying our last goodbyes.