August 21, 2008

Bears Tour Europe, Traveling To France and Belgium

Aug. 21, 2008

Paris, France - Coach Jesse Agel's men's basketball team embarked on a 10-day European Trip on Monday, August 18, with the Bears scheduled to travel to Paris (France), Brugge (Belgium), back to Paris, and Lyon and Nice in France.

The Bears played Okapi Aalst on 9/20, and will play against Vanves in Paris on 8/22, Ouest Lyonnaise in Lyon on 8/24, and AS Monaco in Nice on 8/26, before returning to the United States on 8/28.

Brown junior center Matt Mullery will blog throughout the trip and give Brown basketball fans an insight into travel, competition against European teams, sightseeing, and the day-to-day activities of the team.

His blogs will appear as a link on the Brown Men's Basketball team page on Brownbears.com.

August 21, 2008

"Greetings from Paris, France.

We have made it to Europe safely, after a very long flight. Everyone on the team agrees that the effects of jetlag have exhausted us more than we all expected. Our trip was smooth, and although we were all very tired, we had a chance to see some of Paris' great sights on only our first day here. We exchanged our currency, and learned very quickly that the dollar is not so strong abroad. The city is beautiful, the people polite and accommodating.

We had our first game last night against an excellent Okapie All-Star team. It was great seeing Damon Huffman `08, as he appears to be doing very well.

We have just arrived back in Paris after spending the night in Brugge. The guys have most of the day to ourselves before going for a relaxing dinner cruise on the Seine River. These first few days have gone quickly, as there is so much to see. It feels like the best is still yet to come. Goodbye for now."

-- Matt Mullery `10