Sunday, November 11, 2012

Santander: Campeonato Feminino

My trip to Santander is exactly like I posted earlier, a blur of wonderful moments with lots of beach ultimate in between. I guess I'll just go through what we did each day, but what was really important about the trip were all the inside jokes, bonding and support that happened all weekend.

Friday
Those of us who didn't have to work boarded a plane (for 9.99!) and flew over to Santander, Spain. We were pretty early, so we chilled, went sight seeing and ate some delicious pinchas. A pincha is kind of like a tapa but bigger. It comes from northern Spain. Once the rest of the team had arrived, we pow wowed and went to bed.
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That's a pincha
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The official headquarters of the Santander Bank

Saturday
3:00am
One of our team mates woke up to a horrible kidney infection. She managed to get to our captain's hotel room and our captain took her to the hospital. They didn't get back until 7am. Our captain said she had been getting worried that she wouldn't be able to play if it got later. Our team mate wasn't able to play. She rested and took her antibiotics. She's fine now :)

 We woke up bright and early, ate breakfast and made our way to the beach. The first game was bad. We weren't very experienced at playing together as a team and we weren't really in game mode yet. We lost 13-5. It did nothing for our positive attitude. The second two games were amazing though. We came together as a team, got to know each other's playing styles and cheered our heads off on the sidelines. Both games were a fight for every point. We won both of those games on universe point. We played our hardest until the very end. We were really happy because we thought we had made it into the winners bracket because we had won two out of our three games. Turns out there was a three way tie. We lost it because we had lost our first game so badly. The most frustrating part was that we got shut out of the winners bracket by 2 points. The highest we could come in at this point would be 5th place. After complaining and feeling bad we pulled ourselves together and decided, if we couldn't win the tournament, we would win the party. We got all cute and headed over to the tournament dinner. After that we went to a bar and danced. We all agree that we were the winners of that party.PhotobucketPhotobucket

Sunday
We got up way too early for having gone out dancing last night. We got our attitudes together and decided that if we couldn't be in the winners bracket we were gonna prove that the results were wrong. We won both of our games by a lot. The first one of 13-4 and the second one was 13-2. I was so proud that our team was able to pull it together and look at what had happened in a positive way. After the tournament was over we cleaned up and set up camp in a restaurant. Then some of us went on a quick hike around the cliffs of Santander. The views were amazing and I got a chance to know some of my teammates better. After that we got some more pinchas for dinner and caught our flight. We were afraid we were going to miss it because the airport bus broke down, but we caught some taxis and it turned out our flight had been delayed anyway.
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*This is my 50th post. That's pretty cool, right?

1 comment:

Hannah said...

Maddie! Is that your teammate Bailey Rowland? If it's her she goes to my church! Small world