Junior point guard Chris Galvin (Memphis, TN) is serving as the Eph team's chronicler of the trip.
Below is Chris's report on the trek across the Atlantic from Boston to Madrid and then on to Barcelona.
"Nothing really prepares you for the exhaustion that comes with flying overseas. With a roughly six-hour flight to Madrid followed by another hour flight to Barcelona, time begins to fog, and the adjustment to a six-hour time difference weighs heavy. I have now been "awake" for the past 35 hours with scattered naps here and there. This trip being my first time to Europe, the exhaustion has caused walking the streets of such a historic and beautiful city to feel like a mixture of reality and dream."
Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time in my life while running on fumes made that experience even more magical. I am almost in shock that I am actually in a foreign country over 4,000 miles from the place I call home."
"When you are given an opportunity like this, the amount of appreciation is almost overwhelming. To my parents, to my school, to my coaches, and to everyone else who has supported this team. I never thought that as a college student I would be able to walk the streets of Spain and be looking at monuments by the port of Barcelona or gazing at the venues used for the 1992 Olympic Games with the city draped in the background. I have always thought that these were things you were able to do and places you were able to see after you had dedicated a lifetime of hard work to your profession. But as mere college students, the opportunity we have been granted has garnered a palpable sense of appreciation, excitement, and for now, absolute and total exhaustion."