SOCCER IN AUSTRALIA: 'Work Begins'
May 7, 2004
**Travelogue by Dr. Chuck Morris
G'day Family and Friends of Seminole Soccer:
It's now our second evening in Australia. Everyone is feeling better today after a much needed shower and a good night's sleep in a real bed.
Late yesterday afternoon (arrival day) the team did go through a light fitness session. We then walked back down around Darling Harbour for dinner on the quay. At dinner Joy McKenzie presented FSU shirts to Darren and Jon to officially make them part of our team. Following dinner we leisurely strolled back to the hotel, sometimes stopping in the shops to explore for souvenirs and postcards. However, most were anxious to get back to their rooms to relax and to get some sleep.
The morning today (Friday) began early with breakfast from 7-8AM and then off for a morning training session. Upon return to the hotel there was a quick turn-around to get showered and to eat lunch before walking to Darling Harbour pier to catch a ferry. Our ferry passed out of the harbor and under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge where we had our first glimpse of Sydney Opera House, the city's most recognizable landmark. After our ferry docked at Circular Quay, we disembarked and walked to the Sydney Opera House for a tour. We had some extra excitement as we were able to watch rehearsals for an upcoming ballet.
Following our tour we all headed to The Rocks, where the fleet first stepped ashore in Australia to establish British settlement. Amidst the historic architecture the area today is a popular dining and shopping paradise. The team had the remainder of the afternoon to explore and shop on their own before gathering again to take the ferry back to Darling Harbour. Dinner tonight will be at the Sydney Hard Rock Caf?.
The next day or two may not provide the opportunity for e-mail caf? access so I'll provide a summary of how things are supposed to go.
Tomorrow (Saturday) morning we have an early breakfast before checking our of our Sydney accommodations. We will then travel via bus about four hours south to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra. This is the National Olympic Training Center. We will stay at AIS in the athletic dorm and dine in their mess hall. Saturday afternoon will be our first competition against the Australian National Team. I'll do my best to uphold Elliott's high standards with a game summary and photos in my next message.
Sunday morning will be an early getaway. We will depart AIS at 6AM for the four hour ride back to Sydney Airport for a late morning flight to Coolangatta Airport south of Brisbane on the Gold Coast. We'll then spend the next two days training and relaxing at Couran Cove Island Resort. This will likely be my next opportunity to transmit an update.
Until then, Go Noles
**Chuck Morris is Florida State's Director of Event Management and he will be updating everyone stateside on the Tribe's trek through Australia.