Field Hockey in Argentina Live Blog - First Entry

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn field hockey team is currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the next week and a half practicing and playing against the top club teams in Argentina. Throughout the trip, Penn Athletics will provide updates from the players on the trip that will cover their experiences on the field and off while in beautiful Buenos Aires.

Entry #1 - Thursday, May 22

Buenos Dias from Argentina!

After quite a long journey we finally made it to the luscious Castelar Hotel and Spa. Though tired and worn out from the travel, we were eager to get acquainted with the city as soon as we arrived. Our lovely tour guide and manager, Maria (with a rolled "r"), was very helpful in introducing us to Buenos Aires.

After only being in Argentina forsix hours, we had our first practice in torrential rain, which turned out great considering most of us had not had a chance to shower! Later that night, we went to the swanky and hip Gaucho restaurant on the port of Buenos Aires. We enjoyed ensalada (salad), pollo (chicken), ravioli, and a traditional Argentinean dessert of jam and cheese.

This morning, on our second day here in Argentina, we were fortunate enough to have a practice run by the Palo, a highly regarded coach and player for Argentina’s national program. Following that, we went on a tour of the city where we had a chance to stop and see the famous cemetery in Buenos Aires where the world renowned Evita Peron is buried in a mausoleum.

Tonight we look forward to playing a team from one of the best clubs in Buenos Aires. Following that we will be having a meet and greet with the team. You will hear more from some of our fellow teammates later on in the week!

Adios!

Meredith Moran, C'09and Margaretha Ehret, C'09