16 Oct

However many weeks ago that I went to Kapital (la discoteca) was when two of my friends met a few basketball players. They’ve kept up with them, so the players gave us tickets to their game last night. Before anyone gets too excited about hanging out with famous basketball players, let me clarify that this was not the main international league here, it was the “B” team. But that’s not to say that it wasn’t fun!

The game was Guadalajara vs. Barcelona. (Guadalajara is about an hour away from Madrid by train. It isn’t a very pretty city, unlike the rest of what I’ve seen and heard about Spain so far. I did see one very pretty church, though.) Guadalajara, the team we came for, lost. It was funny to see the old Spanish men get so into the game. Before half time there was a discrepancy with the shot clock and literally our entire side was up arguing and making hand jesters like you see Italians do in the movies. An old man behind us made awesome comments in Spanish about the team being slow and sleepy. Talking smack in Spanish is so much cooler and prettier than in English.

After the game, we were supposed to get pizza and beer with the team, but we ended up not really being in the mood. (Or some of them weren’t, I guess they did lose…) We hung out with a couple of the players for a little bit, which caused us to miss the last train to Madrid. Luckily, one of our new basketball-player friends, who was SO nice, offered to drive us back to Madrid after already having been extremely hospitable the entire night…and he wasn’t even they player who invited us. (I guess there are still some gentlemen left in the world! Ha.)



Aguas Vivas stadium in Guadalajara



Guadalajara (royal blue) vs. Barcelona (highlighter orange)



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