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Summer travel blog: Hawai’i’s tour of Australia ends in Sydney

Zoar Nedd reflects on the trip as a whole before starting his freshman year on Monday.

Zoar Nedd, Hawai’i Athletics

This summer, Mid-Major Madness is teaming up with schools across the country as they travel overseas to compete against elite competition and soak up the culture. Student-athletes will blog their experiences for us via written posts, photos, video, and just about anything else they want.

Here’s Here is Zoar Nedd’s final installment, now that Hawai’i’s trip has ended...


We’re coming to the end of our trip and about to board the plane back to Hawaii. We didn’t finish off with the record that we wanted to, but I feel like we grew closer as a team this trip. When you’re thousands of miles away from home with no connection to the internet it forces you to interact more, and that was good for us. It was cool to see where Jack Purchase and Mate Colina grew up because they always talk about it in the locker room.

Zoar Nedd

If I could sum up this trip in one word I’d say it was “different.” From the food to the money to the way vehicles navigated through traffic everything was just different. And with me being a freshman it was a different experience to prepare and travel to a game. In high school it would not take more than 20 minutes to get to each venue. But experiencing a three-hour plane ride to the next city and then getting rest for a game the next day is a totally different thing.

Zoar Nedd

All in all this was a great trip. Australia is definitely a place that I’d come back to and recommend for you guys to visit. But I’m excited to get on this plane, get back home and start my freshman year on Monday.

Zoar Nedd