Women's Basketball Europe Trip Blog Entry: "A Foreign Country is not Made to Make Your Feel Comfortable, but to make its People Feel Comfortable"

Women's Basketball Europe Trip Blog Entry: "A Foreign Country is not Made to Make Your Feel Comfortable, but to make its People Feel Comfortable"
The Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team embarks on a 10-day trip to Spain and Italy, where it will play three games against international competition and see multiple sites in the two countries. Rising senior Madi Rowan (Aliquippa, Pa.) and rising junior Mimi MacLeod (Hampton Falls, N.H.) will provide first person accounts on the trip with daily blog entries.



"A Foreign Country is not Made to Make You Feel Comfortable but to Make its People Feel Comfortable."
By Mimi MacLeod and Madalena Rowan

After a traditional breakfast of fruits, meat, and cheese, we began our second day in Barcelona with a bus ride to the beaches of Spain, known as Playa de Sitges. On the walk down to the beach, we had the chance to navigate the unique and narrow streets of the beach city. Each street had its own individual look, different shops and balcony decorations. Once we saw the water, the views left us speechless. The water was crystal clear and there were sail boats sailing. We couldn't wait to begin exploring. 

While some tanned on the beach, most of us walked through the water and had the chance to explore little caves, which were really cool to capture using the GoPro camera. The beach was incredibly relaxing and beautiful, until a woman who did not speak English approached rising sophomore Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) and threatened to call the "policia" if she did not pay for the beach chair she was laying in at the time. Thankfully we all figured out the situation, paid the woman six Euros and were able to laugh it off. 

For lunch, we stopped at the Monte Riog Cafe and enjoyed a wonderful meal. Fresh fruit smoothies, chicken panini sandwiches, and salads filled with mango and a variety of seeds were the perfect fuel we needed to begin our shopping in the beautiful city. As we walked up and down the streets we saw so many different shops selling a large variety of items. Some of the girls bought some really neat stuff, for example rising sophomore Jordan Brooks (Smithfield, Va.) bought an amazing Spanish tapestry. 

After a couple hours of down time, we were off to our first game against one of the top teams in Spain. The bus ride took about 45 minutes to get to the gym, which was a large recreation building with the basketball court up a couple flights of stairs. We arrived to get our shoes laced up then headed to the gym, where we were greeted by some very tall members of Sant Adria of the Spanish LF2. Being used to a lengthy warm-up, we only had 15 minutes before the game to get loose and stretched out. The team we played had girls varying in age from 17 to 27 years old. It took some time for us to get accustomed to a different court, with what seemed to have had hundreds of lines along with a much bouncier ball, and a shorter shot clock that allowed us only eight seconds to get the ball past half court. Although the outcome wasn't as we would've liked, it was still a unique opportunity to learn about the game and meet people from another culture. After the game, we gave the other team some SNHU t-shirts and conversed with a few players who spoke some English. With one game under our belt, we're ready for game two on Saturday.  

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