The Puget Sound men's basketball team is in Costa Rica, where the Loggers are competing against local teams, hosting youth basketball clinics, and touring the country. Incoming junior Stellan Roberts writes about the early parts of the Loggers' adventure.
Day 1 in Costa Rica has set a great tone for our trip in Costa Rica. While the 15-hour travel day was a drag, being in the happiest country in the world has been amazing.
We woke up this morning to beautiful sun as we prepared to go to the gym for our first shootaround. After practice, we toured downtown San Jose where we saw grand churches and bustling parks. Walking through the city, street vendors tried to sell us a little bit of everything, from fresh fruits to iPad and iPhones.
By the time we got back to the hotel and the sun had disappeared, thunder and lighting rolled over the city. It was some of the loudest thunder I had ever heard, not something I expected from a country with such a sunny reputation.
The food has been delicious with beans and rice as staple of each meal, while the daily exotic juices have been my favorite part of the trip so far.
Throughout our first couple of days in Costa Rica, our wonderful guides have been teaching the team words and phrases to carry with us for the rest of our trip. "Eso" and "pura vida" have been two of the most popular phrases among the team.
During practices leading up to our tri, Coach Shelton and Coach Nelson stressed stout defense and fluidity on offense. Both were on display in our first game, holding our opponents to just 52 points while scoring 99 ourselves. It felt good to get a win in our first game under the new coaching staff.
Overall, Costa Rica has been a great experience and I'm so excited to continue playing basketball while being immersed in a completely new culture.