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Anderson's Spain Blog: Day 3

Aug. 28, 2012

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Sophomore Ryan Anderson led Boston College to a 60-56 win against Real Canoe Madrid Tuesday night. He finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Eagles. Prior to the game, the team went on a tour of the Royal Palace.

Anderson's blog entry for Tuesday is below:

After a tough loss last night, I was happy to see everybody had moved on this morning at breakfast. Everyone's spirits were high and we were ready for another great day in Spain! We took another tour today, but it was a little bit different. We took a tour of the Palacio Real de Madrid, which is the royal palace here in Madrid. Kings from centuries ago have lived there and our tour guide gave us a bunch of really interesting information. He told us everything from the designs on the roof, to the amazing mirrors and paintings on the walls, all the way down to the different floorings that were in each room. It took over 60 years to build the whole palace. It was huge! It had 1,800 rooms spread out over four floors! I would have hated to be the servants that had to clean that whole place! I like to clean once a week, but that place you have to clean all day, everyday! I could never do it! My favorite part of the palace was that we went to a room and each of the mirrors on the walls were perfectly aligned so that if you looked in them, it looked like you were looking down a long hallway. It was amazing! There was a clock made of pure gold that really was cool to me and of course the different royal thrones were sweet! It was overall my favorite place that I've seen so far since we have been here.

We then came back to our hotel to relax a little bit. Some of the guys took the free time to go ahead and do some more shopping, but I decided to stay in the hotel. We then had team meal and had some great steak and potatoes! I couldn't ask for a better pregame meal!

Most of the guys went to their rooms to take naps because we had to be back in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. Unfortunately when we woke up and went downstairs, we found out that our game time got bumped back, and so did our departure till 6:30 p.m. We were all pretty bummed that we could have kept sleeping, but John Cain Carney and I took the opportunity to relax outside of a nearby coffee shop. We had some muffins and fruit and really enjoyed how peaceful the place was. It amazes us how we can be in a major city, but it is still very calm and quiet.

We took off for the game and we got to play in a much better gym than last night. This court luckily had two baskets with normal rims and a wooden floor. I never thought I would be thankful for little things like that! We played a much better game against the Euros today. We played with much more composure and toughness. It was a battle this game. We had a lot of tough foul calls go against us and we had a lot of foul trouble. Dennis had a monster game last night, but was burdened with foul trouble all game. It went back and forth all game and luckily we fought hard enough and made enough shots to pull out a close win. I think it was a big win for us because we found a way to finish the game. We weren't able to do that in several games last year and I think it was a big step in the right direction for us to finish this game strong.

We were splendidly surprised to have some pizza waiting for us outside of the gym. Once again, Madrid did not let us down with the food! The pizza was some of the best pizza I have ever had! We ate all the pizza really quick and went back to the hotel. We have to get to bed early because we have to get up early tomorrow for our bus ride to Valencia. Madrid has treated us to an amazing time these last couple days and I hate that we have to leave, but I know these other cities won't disappoint us at all! Goodbye Madrid and hello Valencia!

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