The Whittier College Women's Soccer team had a trip of a lifetime over Spring Break as they traveled to Barcelona and Madrid for a ten day foreign tour.
The trip was put together by WorldStrides, a travel agency that allows teams to travel abroad while playing their respective sport. The trip was packed with long, eventful days of sightseeing, some with a guided tour, and some free time exploring the beautiful sights of Spain. We spent the first four days in Barcelona and the last four days in Madrid.
In Barcelona, some of the places we were able to visit were the stadium of FC Barcelona, Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. We also participated in a special coaching clinic with Sergi Perez, a former FC Barcelona player. He coached us through some of the fundamental concepts that FC Barcelona plays by. Attending a second division professional match was definitely one of the highlights of the trip! Seeing the passion and love for the game that these fans had was truly inspiring! We were lucky enough to see Nastic take on Cordoba. The visiting team Cordoba won 2-0.
In Madrid, we were able to visit the Prado, the Plaza de Cibeles, the Puerta de Alcala, the Gran Via, the ancient city of Toledo and the stadium of Real Madrid. We learned a lot about the history and culture of these places while being able to experience it first-hand. We also have been indulging in delicious authentic food such as tapas and paella. For most of the players on the team it is their first time to Spain, so you can see their interest and excitement they are feeling from being in an unfamiliar place. Being able to experience this all as a team was the best part of the trip.
On the soccer side, we were lucky enough to have played three games against some great competition. The first game was against Seagull CE and the second against CD Tacon. The final match-up of the trip came against Dinamo Guadalajara. All three teams are second division professional teams in Spain. Overall it was an experience like no other! Being able to bond with all of our teammates and new coaching staff really was something extra special!
-- Courtesy of Whittier Athletics --