Men's Lacrosse in Canada: Day 7

Saturday, August 13, 2011

men's lacrosse in Canada Friday started off nicely as everyone was able to catch up on some sleep at the hotel. Today was pretty much a free day to whatever the players and parents wanted. Most of the group walked around Vancouver looking for interesting things to do and see.

I went to Granville Island, which is an island filled with markets, shops, stores, etc. One thing I noticed while being in British Columbia is that the Native Canadian culture is very apparent. It’s similar to our Native American culture, with totem poles and other carvings. Something that I found very interesting masks is the masks of different animals and other icons that are held in high regard. Also, at every store that I have been to, these Canadian artifacts are outrageously priced, with masks and other things ranging from $1000 to $22,500. Animals such as the whale, frog and raven are held in high esteem to the Native Canadians.

Afterwards, the team and coaches had a very nice dinner at a local restaurant, which was great for the team. After dinner, we lost a tough game to the National Team, and then returned back to the city for our final night in Vancouver. Tomorrow we will meet at 5:00 a.m. to leave for the airport. We will be flying from Vancouver to Toronto, and then from Toronto to Newark. While I’ll be seeing most of the team in a few weeks when we return to school, tomorrow will be the last time until December that I’ll see many of my friends in the junior class, as they are going to study abroad for the semester.

Both Vancouver and Victoria were beautiful cities, and our trip was filled with great memories from our times at Whistler Park, whale watching and spending the nights together with our teammates. This trip was really eye-opening, and a blast. Thank you to Coach for helping put this trip together, and thank you to our parents for both sending and accompanying us to British Columbia. Without you none of this would have been possible.

This trip was something that many of us will always remember and talk about. Thanks for reading the blog, I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer!

-Ted Albanese ’13

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