Sept. 3, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's basketball team wrapped up its 10-day tour of Spain when it returned home on Monday from Barcelona. The team had the day off on Sunday to tour La Sagrada Familia and FC Barcelona's Camp Nou.
Sophomore Ryan Anderson has blogged the entire trip and his last entry is below. He writes about the team's final day in Spain and reflects on the 10-day tour, and what it means to him and his teammates:
Our last day here in Barcelona was a great one. We took a tour of the city and we started off our day by checking out FC Barcelona's arena and official store. I couldn't believe how popular one sports team is here in this country. Not only did they have a huge stadium, but they had a crazy museum and a really good store. In their museum they used an extremely high level of technology to portray FC Barcelona's club history. They had a room that had about five big screens showing different highlights from the biggest games in the history of the team. I'm not much of a soccer guy, but that was still super cool for me to watch. The passion that the players had for each other was what really made the highlights awesome! After we checked out of the museum, the only way out was to go through their store. They had a lot of cool stuff, but I only know one player on their team so I'd never buy something. Some of the guys on the team bought between one and five different soccer jerseys!
After we left the stadium we went on our tour of "God's Church" which was started by the architect Gaudi. It was an amazing structure that's not even finished yet. The design plans by Gaudi are so complex that they project it won't be finished until the year 2030. Our tour guide did a great job of answering all of our questions about the different designs of the building. Every inch of the structure had something unbelievable that kept us wondering how one man could be creative enough to think of a structure like that. It was remarkable!
We then went off for our final dinner here in Spain on top of an old bull fighting arena that has now been turned into a mall. The view on top of the building was incredible! Don't worry mom and dad, I got a picture of it. The meal itself was one of the best meals we have had the entire trip! They definitely sent us off well.
We went back to our hotel to play some cards. Andrew introduced us to a new card game and all of us are addicted to it. We want to play it every chance we get free time. It's so funny to play with the guys because we get competitive and it's super funny when someone loses. I never win, but I finally got a couple wins last night and I was definitely enjoying talking some trash just to mess with the guys. Especially since Lonnie hates when I beat him in anything!
We woke up early to hop on the plane. We left our hotel at 7:30 a.m. The drive to the airport through Barcelona really gave me a chance to think since I was too tired to talk to the guys. I just thought about how lucky I am to be in this situation. I know I can speak for all of the guys when I say that we are all thankful for the opportunity to play basketball and get a great education at Boston College. I know all of us are very thankful for all of the family members, friends, coaches and other BC supporters who helped make this trip and our entire BC experience possible.
This was definitely a great experience for basketball, but the memories that all of us guys shared will never be forgotten by any of us. I know that 30 years from now we will be able to look back and say that we had a great trip. This trip really brought all of us much closer. We were all good friends and liked each other before, but spending this time together has really made us a family. I've said it before, but I wouldn't have wanted to go on this trip with anyone else. We made memories for a lifetime, but now it's time to go back to school and get back to the grind of classes and basketball. Thank you again for everyone who made this incredible trip possible for all of us. I hope my blogs allowed everyone to enjoy a closer look at our team and the experiences we had in Spain, and I hope to see everyone in Conte Forum this year! We are BC! Go Eagles!