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Hailie Sample - Europe Blog #11
Hailie Sample is one of four true freshmen gaining early experience in Europe.
Photo Courtesy Bryce Currie/Nebraska Women's Basketball
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
08/11/2011
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Hey Husker Nation!

Today's the sixth day of our trip and we have already done so much. We started off the day with a trip to the ski drop, which was the highest point in Oslo, Norway. It made a few of us nervous...Meghin Williams and Coach Yori. They were so scared and yet they were troopers and went to the very top. From that point we could see the entire scenery of Oslo, which was absolutely beautiful. It looked like it was right out of a postcard.

After we were done at the top, we went downstairs to check out a few exhibits, which showed some of the wildlife in the area, such as a moose and some squirrels. They also featured some of the attire that was used in some hiking and mountain climbing expeditions. I personally wanted to try the ski simulation, but we didn't have time.

Then we took a trip to the other side of Oslo to the resistance museum. This museum was about the Norwegians and their fight against Germany during World War II. It was a very inspirational museum, although we couldn't understand most of the writing because it was in Norwegian, the pictures and dioramas explained a lot. There were dioramas of the concentration camps and of the bombing sites. Also something that I thought was really interesting was that the Nazi swastika was shown on a world map and each of the bottom corners was deteriorating because of one of the allied forces fighting on that side of the swastika and map. There was also a shell of one of the bombs dropped on Tirpitz. At the end of the exhibit there was a room that showed the victory over Germany and the Nazis and it had a picture with some American soldiers.

On the tour we took of Oslo the previous day, the guide told us that the Norwegian resistance blew up a headquarters for the Nazis and that the specific one they blew up was a place where they were working on a nuclear bomb. She stated that if Hitler had achieved the creation of a nuclear device, the war would have obviously been different. So thank you Norway!

After the museum we got some time to run around Norway and do some last-minute sight-seeing and souvenir shopping before we had to board the boat. Lindsey Moore was really excited because she got a discounted pair of skinny jeans for only $17!

We also went to see the building where the bombing occurred and the memorial was right around the corner at a local cathedral. There were many places where you could buy flowers for this memorial or to just place them around the site or city. It was sad to see all the flowers because you knew that people were still mourning the tragedy of not only the bombing but also the shootings.

On a happier note we arrived to the boat at about 3:10 p.m. and began to board at about 3:30. I've never been on a cruise ship and neither had Kaitlyn Burke, Lindsey Moore or Emily Cady, so this was a new experience for all of us. It was not as big as I expected and yet so much bigger then any boat I've ever been on.

The view from the outside deck was gorgeous and as we were moving we got to see the entire landscape of Norway. Emily and I were trying to find a way to the front of the boat so we could get pictures just like the Titanic scene, but unfortunately that was not an option for us. So we settled for a picture on the other side of the boat.

As a team we explored the boat by going from floor to floor trying to find something to do to pass the time before dinner. We found a casino, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a kids adventure land. We also started working on a music video. It's going to be a remake of the popular song "I'm on a Boat". It's going to be fun and maybe we will get to upload it so that other people can see it.

I just want to thank the Fastbreakers for giving us this wonderful opportunity to not only bond as a team and tour other countries, but to play other teams overseas.

We are taking advantage of this trip, and we appreciate y'all so much.

Hailie Sample

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