On 10th Day in Spain, Men's Basketball Visits Prado, Enjoys Last Look
Saturday was the last full day in Spain for the Princeton men's basketball team, which will head to the airport Sunday morning for the trip back to New Jersey.
The team began the day with a visit to the Prado Museum, viewing works by such painters as Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez among the museum's seven centuries' worth of art. After the museum visit, the team was able to explore Madrid on its own, and the travel party reunited for dinner near the team hotel.
The Tigers played four games against Spanish professional teams on the trip, most recently on Thursday just outside Madrid. Over the next two months, the team calendar will include individual workouts and the official start of practice in mid-October with the season opener coming Nov. 10 at Buffalo.
Below, the daily blog entry is provided by sophomore forward Bobby Garbade.
Hola from Madrid!
It's hard to believe this fantastic trip is coming to an end. We've spent the last ten days navigating three great Spanish cities and fully engaging in the Spanish culture.
Even with the final couple days approaching, the flow of activities did not stop. This morning we took a visit to see the Prado Museum. With thousands of paintings, the variety of artwork made for an awesome tour. We started off the tour by taking a look at a group of paintings from the very famous El Greco. From there we went to see arguably the most famous painter in the museum, Diego Velazquez. The painting named "Las Meninas" is the most famous of Velazquez's work and it was truly remarkable to see such a famous piece of work sitting right in front of me. After Velazquez, we saw works from Rubens and Francisco de Goya, who is considered the father of impressionism and expressionism (credit to Will Barrett for that fact).
After the museum, we had the day to ourselves. Most of us wanted to finish up on some last minute souvenir shopping and look for a better deal on a Ronaldo or Messi jersey. I know I am speaking on behalf of the team when I say that we all feel so grateful to be on this trip and would like to thank everyone that helped to make this possible.
Adios y hasta pronto!