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.
By Mimi MacLeod and Madalena Rowan
Our team thoroughly enjoyed exploring beautiful Barcelona. Today was our final day to soak in the Spanish culture, and we started it with a visit to the Olympic stadium, home of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. The Olympics effectively put Barcelona on the map as a tourist destination, so it was very cool to see where all the Olympic athletes gathered to compete. The stadium itself was enormous and beautifully built, along with a terrace and fountain that we all took a picture in front of. We then visited the Barcelona Olympic Museum which was located just up the street from the stadium. The museum was home to a variety of Olympic memorabilia, including a pair of Michael Jordan's basketball shoes. The 1992 Olympics was the debut of the American "Dream Team," a collection of NBA stars who came together to take home the gold medal.
The last site we visited was the Castell de Montjuic, located at the highest point in Barcelona. It was a former military fortress dating back to the mid 1600s, and looks over the bay into the Balearic Sea. The view was incredible from the top of the castle and we all took turns taking pictures with the city of Barcelona behind us.
After experiencing the view from atop the structure, the team decided to take in the breathtaking scenery of Barcelona on a gondola ride that began at the top of the mountain just a short walk from the castle. The gondolas fit eight people and took around twenty minutes to glide down the mountain side then return back to the top. Having the opportunity to look around and see all of Barcelona, while being able to pick out some of the famous sites we had seen in previous days really brought the trip full circle. What started as a foreign and confusing place didn't seem quite so foreign anymore.
After our morning explorations we went for a quick lunch at a buffet style restaurant on La Rambla before the team came back for some power naps prior to game two in Barcelona.
This game was slightly further from the hotel than the first game, taking roughly about an hour by bus. We arrived at the gym and walked into the stadium-style court. Getting more accustom to the difference in play from America to Europe, our second game ran much smoother than the first. The game was back and forth the whole time until we finally pulled ahead in the end, digging it out to the final seconds and coming up with a win.
Although we're sad to say goodbye to Barcelona and the great times and memories made here, we're also more than excited for what Rome has to offer along with our final game later in the week. The team is looking forward to a week of pizza, pasta, basketball and site-seeing.
When in Rome!
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