Spain 2010: A Day of First
Men's basketball lands in Madrid and many get their first taste of traveling over seas.
Aug. 18, 2010
MADRID - For collegiate athletes, traveling is a part of life. Bus trips, car rides and cramming big bodies in small spaces comes with the territory. For many on the LMU men's basketball team, they got an experience in travel that brings a whole new meaning to "road weary".
The Lions began their 2010 international tour to Spain by arriving to Los Angeles International Airport around 12 noon Pacific time Monday, Aug. 16, and ending the journey to Madrid Spain by arriving at Charles De Madrid-Barajas Airport at a little after three in the afternoon local time, Tuesday, Aug. 17. That's 18 hours of travel with a nine hour time difference.
And for a could portion of the team, it was their first time overseas, including Head Coach Max Good, who has only left the country to take teams into Canada, and junior LaRon Armstead, who is featured in the first video blog of the trip. Watch his comments on traveling and much more as he is featured in Ten Questions from Spain only on Lions' All-Access.
After arriving the hotel in the heart of Madrid, the traveling party of 30 got a brief bus tour of the main parts of Spain, including most of the government buildings.
The highlight of the evening was a family dinner at "Molino Viejo". The establishment opened early just for the team as dinner normally begins well after 8 p.m., with most restaurants not opening until 8:30 or later in Spain.
Dinner included five courses, including a highlight for Armstead, the "Broken Egg" - a dish made with fried egg, chopped garlic, shrimp and French fries.
The first full day of the trip on Wednesday will be packed, including a tour of the Atocha Train Station, Retiro Park, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Plaza Mayor, Plaza Oriente, Puerto del Sol, and the 213-year old museum The Prado, which has nearly 4,000 works and is among Europe's greatest galleries.
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