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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

Men's Basketball Returns Home from Spain

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 09/10/2012
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The Princeton men's basketball team returned home from Spain late Sunday afternoon, ending a trip that saw the team spend 10 full days in Iberia between Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid.

In the final day's video, the team recounts its favorite aspects of the trip and says thanks to those who made it possible.

Below, the final blog entry, this one from senior Brendan Connolly.

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Hola from...(drumroll)...Princeton...

Yes, we arrived back on campus Sunday around 6 pm. It's safe to say I have mixed feelings about writing this blog entry from my dorm room at school rather than one of my cozy hotel rooms back in Spain.

Our whole traveling party shared a nice dinner in Madrid on Saturday, our last night in Spain, to officially mark the close of our trip. Coach Henderson gave terrific toasts to Tom, our trip guide, and to Dylan Earl, Coach Earl's 9-month-old son (really great kid, lots of potential). We then sang happy birthday to the members of the trip who celebrated birthdays while overseas. If you have never heard the birthday song performed in both English and Spanish at the same time by a group of twenty or more people with little musical talent, I suggest you try it sometime, just for the experience.

After a few hours of sleep and an 8 a.m. bus ride, we boarded our delayed plane around 1 p.m. Spanish time, bound for the Newark airport. With legroom at a premium for much of the team, I still managed to turn in impressive scores on the plane's versions of the games "Hangman" and "Battleship," while taking breaks to watch a couple movies. Who knew eight hours could fly by so fast?!

The whole team is certainly happy to be back home among friends and a familiar environment, but it will probably take a while for the magic of our Spanish excursion to fully wear off. Some of the sights, such as La Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona and the Royal Palace in Madrid, were simply outstanding, and just being in a new place with new experiences was a huge treat for all of us.

So now it's time for us to try and make some magic of our own here at Princeton. In the four games we played, we were able to test ourselves against some very stiff competition and see what things we need to work on in order to have success this season. There is a long road ahead before games get underway, but our trip has left us ready to face the oncoming challenges as a team.

Finally, I would like to speak for the entire team in thanking anyone and everyone who contributed to making this trip possible. Your support is much appreciated. It was truly a wonderful opportunity and we are so grateful for the experience. Adios and Go Tigers!

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