After 16 hours of flights and bus rides Chicago-Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto, we arrived to ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. The Emperor of Japan, believed to be the ancestor of Amaterasu, the goddess of the Sun, lived in Kyoto for centuries until mid 1800s, when he moved to Tokyo. Overall, Kyoto looks like what you would expect to [...]
We are back on U.S. soil!! Sophomore Brandon Motzel While it feels great to be done with the long plane rides, it is weird to not be running out to the beach to body surf on the waves or go shopping at the markets. From the basketball side of the trip in São Paulo to [...]
Waking up today was a struggle for many different reasons. The game last night was very taxing on us. It was a hard fought game and a few guys, including me, were pretty banged and bruised. Despite that, however, last night’s game will be one that will never be forgotten. Sophomore Tayvian Johnson
Our time here in Brazil is wrapping up. Today we went to the beach to get in a last few hours of fun in the sun before having to return to the hotel and pack up for our journey back home. It was a beautiful day with a clear, blue sky and lots of ocean [...]
Today was a day of breath-taking events. After an early rise we went to see one of the most photographed statues in the world, Monumento do Cristo Redentor, or the Christ Statue. After a long wait in line and a card scan, we were traveling up Corcovado mountain.
Well we’ve done it again! We’ve managed to go undefeated here in Rio and had quite the time doing it. Today we played a game that was full of unselfish, team basketball. I think we can all say we’ve made huge strides while we’ve been here and it has been a great experience!
We’ve definitely shopped until we’ve dropped. Today we spent our morning shopping at a little market in Ipanema, which is about a 45-minute walk from Copacabana, where we are staying. While we shopped and browsed throughout the morning, we even got to see some of the guys from the Augustana men’s basketball team. It was [...]
The day started overcast, but the views we saw made it seem like a bright day. Sugar Loaf Mountains in two words is “simply breathtaking.” We started off zipping up the world-famous cable cars that can be seen in the James Bond movie, “Moonraker.” The ride up was a little unsettling for most of us [...]