European Tour -- Day Three

Go Leopards! A view from inside St. Michael's Cathedral in Brussels
A view from inside St. Michael's Cathedral in Brussels

May 22, 2012

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BRUSSELS, Belgium - This is going to be one of my shorter posts as we have to wake up at 6 a.m. to get ready to head to London, England for a day trip tomorrow. We will be spending the majority of the day in London and will return to Belgium around 9 p.m.

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The city of Brussels was the main focus of today. We walked all around touring the city. We saw some of the most impressive architecture such as the King's Palace and the Brussels Museum. There were also some questionable structures, for example, the famous "Pissing Boy" (Manneken Pis) statue. There is a story behind the statue, but the fact that it even exists still seems a little unnecessary.

After touring the city and grabbing something to eat (most of us were able to find a delicious Belgian waffle as a snack), we got back on the bus and traveled a couple hours to get to our game. Exhausted after five hours of walking in the sun, most of us spent the entire bus ride asleep.

Adjusting to the European style of the game was difficult, but we started off strong and cruised out to a commanding lead from the start. We experienced a lot of ups and downs throughout the game, but ended up with a solid 20-point victory over the U-20 Limburg Select. Not only was the style different, but the refs also made some calls that just slightly added to the "home court advantage." (editor's note...so much for international detente).

I am pretty sure that we had more travels called on us in this game than the entire 2011-12 season. Fortunately, we were able to overcome the adversity and play well enough to win.

We are all excited to visit the city of London tomorrow!

 

 

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