Well, it has finally arrived, our last day, and guess what, it is raining. Oh well, we pack our bags after breakfast and move all bags into a luggage room as we don't leave until midnight but hotel is booked solid. Around noon, we walk towards the harbor and take a 30 minute boat ride to an old Swedish Fortress with a lot of history and meaning. We spend 2 hours there and have a blast. Sun comes out, gets hot and kids have some lunch overlooking the sea. Priceless!!!
Upon our return we head to the Stadium to watch the finals and see the 18s final, tough to watch as the boys feel that they should have been there. Guess we can use it as motivation for the future.
After dinner we have our annual SnS tour awards and winners are below;
San Marino Players
girls- Alex Copp
18s - Nick Lopez
16s red-Zach Hays
16s blue - Max Lopez
girls- Marissa Huges
15s- Darren Maguire
14s- Ivan Rodriguez
Gothia Cup players
14s- Roman Cano
Players of tour
John Koutoupis award
girls - Kaitlin Russ
boys - Chris Haberer
Max Lopez with 11 goals, Eddie with 10, Abby with 6
After our awards, one of our best nights on tour awaits as we always head to Liseberg Amusement Park. We have a blast. Apparently, the boys have made friends with a girls team from Minnesota and they also join us. Ummmm!!!! All fun and kids enjoy themselves. As we close the park at 11 and gather for our count off, we notice a ton of winners as the kids won chocolate bars, lots of them, some 4 feet tall. Good thing tour is almost over as they have to eat these on the bus.
It may have taken awhile for this group to find their singing style but they found it as we sing all the way home and create a crowd. Not too many American kids chant and sing and loads of people take notice.
We finally arrive back at hotel and time to pack the busses. We have 2 groups, one to Oslo and one to Copenhagen, early flights to Paris where they will meet up again for the long flight to Houston and then of course the bus ride home.
What a great tour and all kids are fine. I will do a proper recap in the next few days once all are arrived back home safely. I am still in Sweden and two of our boys, Eddie and Matt Pitcock, are training with a professional club, BK Hacken, so wish them luck.