DAY NINE: #SJUWBB Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour|
Aug. 25, 2014
BARCELONA – After spending its first night in Barcelona, the Red Storm spent Monday morning and early afternoon taking in the local culture and design that has been influenced by famous architect, Antoni Gaudí.
The day began deep in the center of Barcelona as the team traveled to Park Güell, a historic park that shares the culture and tradition of the Catalan community.
After a quick bite to eat, the Red Storm journeyed across town to Basílica De La Sagrada Família, a Roman Catholic church designed by Gaudí, with his style of combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Construction of the basilica began in 1882, and even though Gaudi passed away in 1926, still continues today with an expected completion of 2026.
To take a look at the European Tour up until this point, be sure to check out Episodes 1-5 of the St. John’s web series, “#SJUWBB Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour,” on YouTube.
With only one day left before returning to the New York, RedStormSports.com had the opportunity to sit down with two of the team’s four freshmen, Imani Littleton and Tonoia Wade.
Q: How has this trip been for you so far?
Littleton: It’s been exciting. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, especially having the opportunity to do it in my first year of college.
Wade: Surprisingly, I haven’t been nervous and I’ve actually just been going with the flow and having fun. At first, I thought I would enjoy Rome, but after coming to Spain I’ve enjoyed myself even more.
Q: What did this trip do for the team as a group?
Littleton: It definitely gave people a look at what the team can be. It showed us what we need to work on and it brought us together before the season starts.
Wade: It’s really shown what improvements we need to make but it’s also shown how great we can be. We’ve always had potential, but it’s good to see where we are at without having to wait until October or November.
Q: If you have one piece of advice for someone that has never been to Europe, what would it be?
Wade: You should just take it all in and take all the pictures you can. Try new foods and just try everything you can. I tried a veal at dinner one night and it was really good, so just try everything you can.
Daily reports, video recaps and behind-the-scenes action on RedStormSports.com will be used to chronicle the 11-day journey, as well as the official social media accounts of the St. John’s women’s basketball team. Be sure to take an inside look at the #SJUWBB European Tour by check out the newly created official YouTube page of St. John’s Athletics by clicking here. Red Storm fans will have an opportunity to watch behind-the-scenes footage, daily video recaps and more from the trip and follow the team all season long. Fans can also be sure to keep up with the Red Storm on social media by visiting the StormTracker Social Media Directory, online by clicking here.