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.
"Tour de Barcelona"
By Mimi MacLeod and Madalena Rowan
Today consisted of a lot of walking, biking, and site seeing. We took the metro down to La Barceloneta, which is known as little Barcelona. We all walked around the streets by the ports, which are surrounded by vendors, tourists, and locals. After agreeing it was never too early for gelato, all of us got a couple scoops for an early lunch.
A few hours later, we got some time to look through the intricate designs of the buildings and stores. We saw many beautiful sights today, including the Cathedral of Barcelona and Palau de la Musica. The architecture of the buildings was stunning and so unique, and the Palau de la Musica had amazing tile work on.
After an early afternoon of walking around the ocean, trying new foods and shopping for souvenirs, the team was excited for the bike tour. The tour was initially scheduled the day we arrived in Barcelona, but was postponed due to our delayed flight. Our group was split in two, so our entire team of 14 once again played a more intense version of follow the leader as we tried to keep up with our tour guide as he showed us the best Barcelona had to offer. The tour consisted of Barcelona's most popular and well-known sites starting with the Cathedral of Barcelona and Palau de la Musica.
After some scenic biking, our next stops were Citadel Park, Fort Pienc, La Monumental (the former bull fighting arena turned museum) and we finished up at the Sagrada Familia with a quick cruise down the beach before returning back to the bike shop. Although we were all nervous about what to expect before the tour started, our lively and entertaining kept things engaging all while mixing in interesting history lessons about the old-time city. Biking is an extremely popular form of transportation in Barcelona so roads actually accommodate bikers with specific biking lanes and traffic lights, we all agreed it was less stressful then riding on a busy sidewalk. Everyone was slightly sore, tired and some even a little bit sunburnt after the lengthy three-hour, six-mile tour of the city, but it was nothing a little Gelato couldn't fix.
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