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Men's Basketball's Third Day in Spain Features Flamenco and Familia

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 09/01/2012
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The third day in Spain for the Princeton men's basketball team began with a tour of La Sagrada Familia, an Antoni Gaudi-designed church in Barcelona that began being constructed in 1882 and is still being built. Following an afternoon of rest, the team gathered for a flamenco musical performance near Barcelona's La Rambla.

The team has a busy day Sunday, facing Spanish third-division team CB Prat in its second visit to Sant Julia de Vilatorta for a 12:45 p.m. (6:45 a.m. ET) tip before heading to an FC Barcelona soccer game that begins at 9:30 p.m. (3:30 ET) at Camp Nou stadium.

Junior forward Daniel Edwards takes his turn with the daily blog, giving his view of the Spain trip in his own words below:

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iHola!

Greetings from Barcelona, Spain! Today was our third day in this incredible city. We had the opportunity to further explore our surroundings because we did not have a game. The morning began with a tour of the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia (Basilica of the Holy Family), which is possibly the most famous structure in Barcelona. The foundation of the church was laid in 1882 and was shortly taken over by the architect Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi spent 43 years creating models for the church, all of which are still being used to this day (the church is roughly 60 percent complete). We have the Princeton chapel on campus, but La Sagrada Familia is really something else.

Following the tour, we had the rest of the day free. Some of us hung out at the beach on the Mediterranean Sea, while others went shopping or took a siesta. Our nighttime entertainment was a flamenco show. Going into it, I'm pretty sure none of us had any idea of what the show was going to be like. Personally, I was expecting a grandiose theater with balcony seating. It was quite a surprise when we walked into a small lounge with a stage. 

The beginning of the performance consisted of Spanish singing and music. Although it was a great cultural experience, it was difficult to understand the lyrics because they were in Spanish. (Si, no, por favor and gracias are about the extent of my Spanish vocabulary.) The second half of the show was incredible. In addition to the music and singing, a tap dancer entered the stage. His fancy footwork and pirouettes really brought a lot of energy into the room, making it a perfect conclusion to the show. Overall, today was very relaxing and rich in culture.

Thanks again to all of those who made this trip possible.

-Daniel Edwards

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