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Navy Men's Soccer Enjoys First Two Days in Barcelona

The Navy men's soccer team poses with a statue in Barcelona, Spain.

March 12, 2012

Photo Gallery (March 10-11, 2012)

BARCELONA, Spain -- The Navy men's soccer team is chronicling its Spring Break trip to Barcelona, Spain, arriving on March 10 and taking in a Rayo Vallecano vs. RCD Espsanyol game on March 11. Giiehti Christian and David Jackson give us a glimpse into Navy's first two days in Spain.

Sunday, March 11 (Barcelona, Spain) -- written by David Jackson
Hello everyone!

Today we had a great experience with European football. We woke up around 9 o'clock in the morning, had breakfast and left for a Spanish La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano and RCD Espsanyol. The match was amazing! Espanyol, the home team, scored four beautiful goals in the first half and ended up winning the match 5-1. The stadium was going crazy! The stadium itself was also relatively new and really nice. We ended up getting seats in the first row right next to the corner flag which was also a really cool experience because we got to see some of the players up close and we really got to see the pace of professional Spanish football.

After the match finished, we left for Gava for a team training session. We traveled about half an hour to get there from our hotel in Barcelona. The training session was really good and it provided us a chance to get back into playing after such a long journey to get here.

More to come!

-- David Jackson

Saturday, March 10 (Barcelona, Spain) -- written by Giiehti Christian
The first day ... oh, the first day of what will be most certainly a glorious trip! It all started with an early dismissal at 1145 to get to Dulles airport for our 1620 flight to Paris, France, to meet our connecting flight to Barcelona. As is expected, we ran into other Mids heading on their respective Spring Breaks. The flight to Paris was a 6-hour, 20-minute flight on a double-decker plane. So legit! Each person had their own screen to watch movies, listen to music or play video games. We eventually made it to Paris and our connection flight where everyone passed out and woke up in Barcelona, feeling the effects of jet lag.

We didn't have much time to regroup as we boarded our bus to begin a short tour of Barcelona. We spent the next five to six hours on La Rambla, a street tourist attraction with stores on each side of the road and many street vendors working in the median. We split into small groups and explored the city. My group found a plaza where we sat for at least an hour, just taking in the sites and enjoying each other's company. After La Rambla, it was off to the beach for some Grey Skull (for those who do not know, Grey Skull is a game for group juggling).

When we finished our sight-seeing, we headed to the Hotel where we checked in, unpacked, and prepared for dinner. Dinner was good as we feasted upon salad, pasta and chicken, each having some Spanish flair. Despite being tired, we explored the area around the hotel, ending with our bodies descending upon our beds for a good night´s sleep.

¡España! ¡Hasta mañana!

-- Giiehti Christian




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