Fifth installment from Spain by junior guard Chris Galvin:
From pilgrimage sites to the Camp Nou of FC Barcelona, today's events brought us from sea level all the way to over 3,000 feet above. But more importantly, our bus driver Paco proved himself on the sloping mountainous paths that marked today's travels, and for that, we thank you, Paco. I've never been more terrified of a paved road.
With no game today, our tour guide decided to condition us for our games over the weekend with a hike along the mountain range of Montserrat. Although we suffered no casualties, the hike was pretty touch-and-go for a while. I thought we lost Adam Kroot for a while there.
After the hike, we journeyed just a bit more up the mountain to the Santa Maria de Montserrat where the Black Madonna of Montserrat rests. With some claiming the wooden statue could have been carved in Jerusalem during the early days of Christianity, the statue in the basilica serves as a pilgrimage site. The basilica itself was stunning. Personally, the experience was extremely spiritual and quite rewarding.
Following our trip up the mountain, the team moved onwards to the stadium that hosts FC Barcelona, one of the most recognizable sports teams in the world. The stadium was awesome, capable of holding just under 100,000 people. We were able to stand on the floor level, see the conference room, and buy some gear from the official team store. I also managed an hour long nap in the middle of the store.
Most importantly, today was Coach Kevin App's birthday, and speaking for the team, we would like to wish him the very best. He means more to us than he knows, and we are forever indebted to him. Thanks for the opportunity to play college basketball, Coach!