Wednesday in Jundiai started out with a trip to the supermarket that was an eye-opening experience for all of us. With no one there to translate we had to struggle through the check out without Portuguese being spoken (at least by us).
Well we’ve had a great couple of days here in Rio. After a fabulous buffet dinner last night in our hotel, today we have a relaxing day. The sun is out, and we have a game so we’ll be hanging out by the pool, getting nice tans and preparing to get a win.
What an unbelievable time for the Augustana basketball program. After about a 10-hour flight from Chicago to Sao Paulo, we made it in one piece. Dan Jurgutis overcame his anxiety of long plane rides, and Tayvian Johnson took the first flight of his life.
|Junior Mark Roth|
After a great first night here in Rio we woke up to a wonderful breakfast in our hotel. Breakfast proved to be very delicious and soon after we took a bus and a tour guide to Sugar Loaf Mountain.
|Senior Chaney Tambling|
Well we’ve finished up our first day here in Rio with a 62-44 Augustana win!
We played a Brazilian team from the Club Municipal in Rio and played in a stadium full of both students and other Brazilian fans. We got a chance to talk to several groups of students and understand a little bit more of their culture.
Well here we are, sitting in the airport about to board the plane. Everyone drove in safely and on time, coming from around Chicago and the Quad Cities. Well everyone except Jake Norcia. He ended up at the wrong terminal, but eventually he found his way through the airport and met up with us.
Excited does not even begin to describe what our team is feeling. Not only have we been looking forward to this all summer, but also since the coaches started recruiting us. I remember the first time I met Coach Grey Giovanine. The first thing he showed me was all of Augustana’s championship rings, followed by pictures and stories from their previous international trips to Europe, Ireland and Asia.