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Women's Soccer - Fri, Aug. 11, 2017
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The Marian women's soccer team is currently in Puerto Rico on a preseason trip. Throughout the week, a member of the team will write a post about the team's adventures. The post below is written by Alex Samons.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The second day in Puerto Rico began with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at the Hyatt hotel. It was buffet style which allowed myself and my teammates to give ourselves the serving sizes we wanted of eggs, toast, salsa, and breakfast potatoes. After applying many, many layers of sunscreen, we were bussed over to the Bayamón soccer complex for our morning training. With the 90 degree heat and the sun blazing down on us, we were all feeling a little worn, but with the motivation and positivity of our coaching staff and teammates, our training was energetic and productive. I thought it was a great session and the positive communication that was overflowing from my teammates kept my spirits high even though I was getting fried from the sun. 

On the way back from our morning session we stopped at the Walmart near our hotel and each grabbed a case of water for the week. If you're counting at home, that's around 30 cases of water for the upcoming trainings and scrimmages that await us this week. A local exclaimed to me, "Aye I think you took all of the water in Puerto Rico!"

We were given three hours after our training to eat, shower, and relax before our trip to San Juan. During the trip, we were split into two groups for two different buses. I was on a bus with Coach Gary, Coach Zach, teammates and the best tour guide ever named Ronnie. He was a kind and gracious man who led us through the city of Old San Juan, allowing us to stop and take photos, shop and eat dinner. We were caught in a quick rain storm which forced us to have a sudden beach workout of sprinting back to the bus, but other than that, the weather was great today.

Personally, and I think the rest of the team can agree with me, I had an amazing time looking at the old architecture of the city and learning the history of San Juan. We visited the capitol building, old fortresses, the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery and shopped old shops that lined the cobblestone streets. During our free time, myself and a couple of teammates visited La Bombonera, a cafe that sold amazing pastries such as besitos de coco (coconut kisses) and pan dulce (sweet bread). Those count as healthy fruit and carbs right? 

Dinner was at the Genesis restaurant in Old San Juan and we were served chicken, pork, beef stew, mofongo, and fried plantains. Once we finished our authentic Puerto Rican meal, we bussed back to our hotel in Bayamón. Ronnie, the best bus driver I mentioned before, played some great tunes and turned bus number one into a party bus on the ride back. Ronnie has some amazing dance moves, and always seems to talk in movie quotes. 

Once back at the hotel, we had a quick team meeting before heading up to the rooms for bed, exhausted from our busy day. Day two was definitely busy and filled with excitement. Old San Juan was, and is, beautiful and will be totally unforgettable throughout this entire trip.