Hannah Stuelke's Summer Tour Blog

Aug. 13, 2023 — Views for Days 

Welcome back to the blog, Hawkeye fans!!

The two days after we visited Pompeii were probably my favorite so far. We spent the first day in Amalfi and Positano. The boat ride to the coast was so gorgeous, I’ve never seen anything like it. Some of the most beautiful places in the world are in Italy and the Amalfi Coast is one of them.

When we got off the boat, we had a short walking tour of the city. I never knew that lemons were such a big thing in Italy, but you should have seen these lemons… they were gigantic —  like the size of melons. I’ve never seen lemons that big. Once the walking tour was over, and we knew how to get around, we split up and had free time for the rest of the day. My group decided to go and eat first, and we went to this cute little restaurant. I had the ravioli, it was amazing. Then a few of the girls and I decided to boat over to Positano and explore.

The walk to the top of the island was insane, there are so many stairs, but the view is so worth the trek. I always wonder how people who live there do those stairs every day, but it seems they are all used to having to walk everywhere they go. Of course, when we got to the higher part of the city, I had to shop a little bit, and I ended up with more clothes to pack and less money to spend for sure lol.

We stopped and saw a cathedral as well; it was so beautiful. There is so much detail that goes into the painting and decorating in these cathedrals, and they’re just breathtaking. Before we headed back, I obviously had to get some gelato, it’s my new favorite thing by the way.

Team meal was next, and one thing I’ve learned about Italy is that meals take FOREVER. They bring out one course at a time and there are about 30 minutes between each course. That’s a culture change for all of us, so we got a little restless waiting for our food, but it really makes you slow down and enjoy your company.

We spent the next day on the beach in Sorrento, and I’m pretty sure it was everyone’s favorite day. The water here is this beautiful blue-green color, and it’s so clear. It’s also super salty. We found a spot and just chilled all day. It was so relaxing. After several days of sightseeing, it was nice to have some chill time, taking in the beautiful city of Sorrento.

I know I’ve been slackin’ on the blogs a bit, but there will be another one on the way as soon as possible.

Thanks for following along!

Hannah Stuelke

August 8, 2023 – Ciao, Italia! 

Hello again, Hawkeye fans!!

It was an eventful first couple days. When we arrived we had about 10 minutes to get dressed and ready to go on a walking tour of the Naples area. There are so many beautiful statues and different churches. It really gave us a deeper look into culture of the city.

Halfway through the tour it started raining, so we stopped under some big umbrellas which I really enjoyed. I love the rain I think it’s really romantic, but I might be the only one that I think really enjoys the rain. Once the rain settled a little bit we decided to just walk back to the hotel so we could get ready for our pizza-making class.

Let me tell you, the class was totally awesome! I don’t usually enjoy class, BUT a class with food??? I’m all in for sure. Did you know that they make the dough and then let it sit for eight hours in a warmer temperature before letting it sit another 48 hours in a regulated temp??? That was so fascinating to me I didn’t know so much went into pizza. After we learned how to make dough, they had some read-to-eat dough that we got to make our own personal pizzas with. Usually, I just go with some cheese, but Sharon convinced me to put some salami on mine and it was delicious. I know y’all want to know who made the best pizza… and besides me, of course, I would say Kate had the best pizza-making skills. Honorable mention to AJ, she was really good, too. Then they brought out some rum cake… if you like rum cake, I’m sorry, but it was not my favorite. I would say I am a big texture person though, so the mushy cake really threw me for a loop. Good news though, we went to get gelato instead. I had raspberry and cookies ‘n cream. It was so good — MUCH better than the cake. It was a very long travel day, well days, so after that we went back to the hotel and turned in for the night.

Pompeii was our adventure the next day. We had a two-hour walking tour which was very educational. It was cool to see all of the things I’ve only seen in pictures. In history classes, we learned about Pompeii and I was always interested in it, so it was really cool to see all that history in real life.

I’ll end with this – I am LOVING the beautiful views here. Everywhere you go there are incredible views. There’s so much to see, and it’s crazy to think people actually live here and have those views all the time!

Thanks for tuning in!


August 4, 2023 – We’re heading to Italy! 

Hey y’all, it’s Hannah Stuelke. You may know me as No. 45 on the court, but these upcoming days I’m going to be your tour guide, taking you along with us on our adventures through Italy and Croatia!! I’m so excited to be blogging this once-in-a-lifetime trip, and I’m happy that I get to share it with you. I hope you enjoy!!

To start, let me take you two weeks back when I started packing. Let me tell you, it’s been stressful. Taylor McCabe and I moved into our new place this week, so I had to pack before we moved, and let’s just hope I didn’t forget anything… but we all know there’s probably something. On top of moving and packing for the trip, this was the last week of summer classes, so I had to finish up my finals before we left. Unfortunately, I’m a huge procrastinator, so while tried to finish my assignments early, that didn’t quite work out for me haha, but I’m proud to say I did finish everything before we left! Now that we’re all moved and my classes are finished up it feels like there’s a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, and I can head to Italy and Croatia both relaxed and excited.

There’s a lot to be excited about, but the thing I’m most excited for is the shopping. I’m going to be honest; I may have a little shopping addiction – okay, maybe it’s not so little, but I can’t help it. I just bought a really nice camera so I can take a lot of pics. I’ve always been interested in photography, and I’m ecstatic to start my photography journey.

If you don’t know me already, which most of you don’t know me so well YET, I also love to eat! I will eat anything or at least try everything once, so of course, I’m excited to try so many different foods. Just talking about this is making me hungry lol so I’ll move on. I can also tell you I am not excited for the zip lining we have planned, I’m terrified. I just don’t want to think about free falling over a forest. Don’t get me wrong, I will do it, but I will be screaming the entire time.

But that’s about all for now. I really love that I get to share this experience with you all! Come back and read the next blog. 😉

Go Hawks!

Hannah Stuelke