Ryan Anderson's Spain Blog: Day 1
Aug. 26, 2012
MADRID, Spain - Boston College began its tour of Spain in Madrid when it landed in the capital city at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The Eagles had an early afternoon practice at a nearby facility and then went on a walking tour of the city, with stops at Plaza Mayor and Mercado de San Miguel. The day concluded with a dinner on the Plaza de Santa Ana right outside the hotel's front door.
Sophomore Ryan Anderson will blog about his experiences throughout the trip and his first entry is below:
This has already been a crazy trip. As soon as we hopped off the plane, I loved it here. The architecture is unbelievable. I think I have already taken more photos on this trip than I have in my entire life. My mom will definitely be happy with all the pictures that I'm taking because she wants to know every single detail of our trip. We managed to jam a lot of different activities into today. As soon as we checked into the hotel, John Cain Carney, Joe Rahon and I took off on our first journey in Madrid. We had no clue where we were going and we got lost trying to get back to the hotel, but it was worth the trip. We saw different statues that looked interesting so we took pictures with them, but we had no idea what each statue's meaning was. It was really cool to just explore the city.
After our journey of getting lost in Madrid, we went over for practice. It was really tough for all of us because of how fatigued we were from the long flight. We are all running on about three hours of sleep and I'm definitely a nine hours of sleep per night kind of guy. After we got through with our hour long practice, Dennis Clifford, Olivier Hanlan, Joe and I stopped to eat lunch at McDonald's really quick before we went on a tour of the city with our tour guide. We ran there to order food and we all just ordered Big Macs and fries, and ran back to the hotel because we didn't have much time before we needed to leave. By the time we got back to the hotel, the coaches decided to take some extra time for their lunch and pushed our departure time back 30 minutes, so we felt pretty dumb for running through the Spanish streets. We decided to sit down at a table and eat our food, but midway through our meal a waiter came over to us and was very upset. We then realize that we sat down at an outside table for a pretty fancy restaurant. We laughed because we looked like complete stereotypical Americans. We were eating McDonald's at a fancy European restaurant!
After the whole lunch situation ended, we went on our tour of the city. We saw a guy sitting on the ground in some sort of a trance holding up another guy sitting on a pole that the bottom guy was holding. It was one of the coolest things we saw all day. We continued our tour, looking at markets selling whole fish and people staring at us at every turn till we were all able to go our separate ways.
A couple of us decided to go shopping. We didn't find many things that we liked, but we all bought one or two things. I found a sweet hat that none of the guys liked, but I liked it so I had to get it! They were just mad because they couldn't get the hat! We finished a long day of walking the city with a nice outside dinner at a steak restaurant. The crazy thing was that they brought out hot plates and raw meat and we all cooked our own meat how we wanted it. Luckily, nobody hurt themselves doing it! After dinner, everybody was tired so we decided to call it an early night because we have a big week ahead of us and we need to catch up on some beauty sleep! Some of the guys need to catch up more than others!