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Mitch Winter Blog From Spain - Days 3 to 4

From Sports Information Director, May 22, 2015 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

Untold information from Day 2 (5/20/15) - Coach Roehrig revealed to a couple of players that Coach Ciesielczyk could not distinguish a garbage can from a piece of art worth 50,000 Euro, and started throwing garbage into the piece of art. The coaches were almost kicked out of the lobby for this reason.

Day 3 (5/21/15) - The St. Norbert College men's basketball team traveled to the lovely Segovia today. Segovia is a 2,000-year-old city that is roughly 90 minutes from Madrid. In Segovia, we saw one castle, multiple cathedrals, and many other beautiful views of the landscape and buildings. A huge attraction for tourists in Segovia is the man-made aqueduct that was built by the Romans. The aqueduct has two tiers with 118 arches, and carried water from the mountains to the town. We were also allowed to break up into small groups and experience different Spanish cuisines for lunch. Throughout the day many pictures were taken, including Coach Roehrig trying to photobomb a group of fourth graders. Unfortunately, none of the kids noticed because he was the same height as all of the them.

Day 4 (5/22/15) - Today we toured downtown Madrid. Madrid has a population of over 3 million people, and the city is spread out over a significant amount of area. During the tour, we saw the Royal Palace, bull fighting ring, and the oldest restaurant in the world. We also toured the world famous Prado Museum, which portrayed multiple original paintings from the likes of Picasso and Goya.

Most importantly, the Green Knights defeated CB Pozuelo 82-75 in a thriller. Ben Bobinski led the way with 17 points (6 of 9 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free-throw line), and D.J. De Valk and Tim Marshall had 11 points each. Sean Benka had two clutch free throws down the stretch.

From the past two days we have learned a lot about the lifestyle of the Spaniards. Each day starts at 9:30 a.m. and anything before that is considered early. Additionally, every day they have siesta hours from 2-5 p.m. and shops close down for this reason. Lastly, they are aggressive drivers with no regard for other drivers.

More to come in two days.

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