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¡Qué divertido! The Delaware women's basketball team is set to embark on a 10-day tour of Spain from Aug. 11-20. Follow along with the Blue Hens as they compete internationally while exploring the culture, architecture, history, arts, food and more that Spain offers.

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“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.”

Monday, August 13 - 2 p.m (Eastern Time) / 8 p.m. (Local Time) - Game vs. CREF Hola Madrid

Thursday, August 16 - 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) / 8 p.m. (Local Time) - Game vs. Valencia All-Stars

Saturday, August 18 - 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) / 7:30 p.m. (Local Time) - Game vs. ZKK Celje

DAYS 1-2

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 loaded the bus, we took a bus sightseeing tour of Madrid with our first stop at the Plaza de Toros.

Other stops included the Temple of Debod and Plaza de España during the sightseeing bus tour.

The night ended with a dinner at Restaurante Viña.

DAY 3 - MONDAY

Day three consisted of a walking tour and guided tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid before lunch at Mercado de San Miguel.

DAY 4 - TUESDAY

We were sad to leave Madrid, but it was off to Valencia we went! It is about a four-hour-plus drive by bus and we made a stop in Cuenca for lunch and a walking tour of the old, hilly city.

Once we arrived in Valencia, we had some free time to walk the city and have dinner.

DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY

The day began with a trip to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, which is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex with buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava. While there, several members of the team rented row boats and also "water balls."

The day continued with visits to the Valencia Cathedral and Mediterranean Sea.

DAY 6 - THURSDAY

An integral part of Spain's history and culture is bullfighting, which is now a very controversial "sport." We spent our morning learning about the events at the Plaza de Toros de Valencia, which was intriguing to say the least.

Following our tour, we spent some time shopping and seeing more of the city, including a public market.

Thursday ended with a big win to wrap our time in Valencia.

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!

DAY 8 - SATURDAY

Saturday was our first full day in Barcelona and provided a lot more sightseeing tours, including the incredible Sagrada Família, which featured stunning architecture, the 1992 Olympic facilities (go Dream Team!) and incredible views of the city.

DAY 9 - SUNDAY

On our final full day in Spain 😢, we toured Park Güell, which is essentially an art garden designed by Antoni Gaudí with beautiful architecture and mosaic tiles. The afternoon consisted of a trip to the Mediterranean Sea for some beach time.

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.

A HUGE shout-out to our tour guide for the week, Richard. We learned so much and appreciate everything you did for us. THANK YOU for being so awesome! 👏🙌👍

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