“I'm honored that this is something that we're able to do for our student-athletes,” remarked head coach Natasha Adair. “We are grateful to our administration and supporters as this is not only an opportunity to experience culture, but to grow as a team. For a lot of our student-athletes, this will be their first experience of traveling abroad. Our trip will blend training and camaraderie, allowing our team to experience a new culture while developing our talents as basketball players and as people. I have seen first-hand the invaluable contribution a foreign tour can have to a team, both on and off the court, and I am thrilled we will get to experience this as Blue Hens.”
The first day of our trip was completely filled with travel as we bused from Newark to Newark. Delaware to New Jersey, that is. Our 8:15 flight was delayed for about an hour and a half due to weather, but once we were in the air, it was smooth sailing to Madrid - where we landed late Sunday morning.
We had a sendoff from our wonderful and dedicated supporters in the Blue Hen Hoop Group -- thank you all so much for coming out (and for the delicious cookies!)
Once we arrived in Valencia, we had some free time to walk the city and have dinner.
Following our tour, we spent some time shopping and seeing more of the city, including a public market.
DAY 7 - FRIDAY
Friday served as another travel day as we headed north from Valencia to Barcelona. We made a stop in Cambrils, a super cute town on the water, for lunch and some shopping before the final leg of our trip.
Once we arrived in Barcelona, we had some down time before heading out for a little shopping and dinner. Following dinner, we went to a flamenco show, which was very impressive. We were even lucky enough to interact with and take pictures with the performers!
We had one final team dinner overlooking the Mediterranean Sea which consisted of a delicious four-course meal.
DAY 10 - MONDAY
All good things must come to an end and on Monday it was time for us to come home.