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Women's Lacrosse Blog from Europe - Day 4

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 10/31/2012
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Day 4

Today was our final day in Malta. We put on a clinic for two different teams from the U.K. It was so great to work with the girls and teach them how to be better lacrosse players, and just interacting with them. We just love their accents! This clinic and being with these girls definitely was the icing on the cake for our time in Malta.

After our clinic one of our senior captains, Caroline Rehfuss and Coach Chris Sailer went to a Malta TV station, TVM to be on live TV talking about lacrosse. Our tour guide Joanne's cousin Peter is the host and had arranged for the segment. We all watched the segment over lunch at a Tapas restaurant.

A quick shower and then we headed out to explore some more of Malta. We went to Valletta, the capital of Malta. We walk through the city's streets, which had a different feel to it than the area near our hotel in St. Julian's. We went inside St. John's Co-Cathedral and it was unbelievable. The most beautiful church we've ever seen. It was built by the Knights of Malta in the 1500s.  The interior is incredibly ornate. Just outside the Cathedral we saw the most gorgeous views of Malta and the harbor. It is the largest natural harbor in all of Europe. It started raining but it didn't dampen our day as we headed to Mdina, the old capital of Malta, which is known as the Silent City. Mdina is home to less than 300 people and is completely surrounded by a wall. It was built in 700 BC and is known as the Silent City. It got the nickname because between 8 p.m.-8 a.m., no cars were allowed and even today traffic is restricted.

Our final meal was a traditional Maltese feast. Rabbit is very popular in Malta and I think nearly every one of us tried it. And while we were eating, one of the teams from the clinic arrived for dinner as well and it was so great to see them and they were so excited to see us too.

We have a very early wake-up tomorrow - 5 a.m., so we can catch our flight to London. It will be a non-stop day for us. We arrive and start sightseeing in the city and then play our first game against the UK Senior National Team at 6 p.m. Afterwards we'll check into our hotel - our home for the next three days.

Thank you to our new Malta family: Sundreams Travel, Pierre, Joanne and Rose.


Q & A with Charlotte Davis and Erika Grabbi

What is the most memorable experience in Malta?
Erika: The Blue Window where we saw the Mediterranean
Charlotte: The Blue Window too. The Church of St. Paul's that we saw today was really cool.

What is the most interesting fact you've heard about Malta on this trip?
Erika: The serve the fish whole because the fish is so important to the fishermen that the people want to know what fish they are being served.
Charlotte: The cows and sheep aren't allowed to see daylight. They are kept in barns and aren't allowed to go outside and graze - which is sad.

What was the best part of the clinic today?
Charlotte: Getting to hear all the English girl accents. There was a younger girl Charlotte and we both bonded over that we have the same nickname Lotte.
Erika: It was fun working with the kids. They all had really good attitudes and were fun to teach.

What are you most excited to see in London?
Erika: The soccer game, definitely
Charlotte: Going to the London Eye.

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