Saints Travel To Mexico - Journal Entries

Daily Journals
?*? Sunday, Aug. 17
Jamal?Jackson

?*? Monday, Aug. 18
David?Ryan

?*? Tuesday, Aug. 19
Austin?Andrews

?*? Wednesday, Aug. 20
Paul?Williams

?*? Thursday, Aug. 21
Tommy?Mitchell

?*? Friday, Aug. 22
Antoine?Jordan

?*? Saturday, Aug. 23
Michael?Haddix

?*? Sunday, Aug. 24
Justin?Miller

?*? Monday, Aug. 25
Gary?Holle

?*? Tuesday, Aug. 26
Brent?Sniezyk

Bienzenidos to everyone back home. This is our fourth day here and I am enjoying Mexico City, but it's also making me realize how good we have it back home. Tomorrow we are heading to Cancun bright and early, so since this was our last day in Mexico City, we had to go all out and have fun. We didn't have a game today, so we got to do some sightseeing and also had time for some relaxation.

We had a wake up call at 9 am and the team met for breakfast at 9:30. After you eat the hotel's delicious buffet, you're ready to go for the day. I enjoyed an egg omelet this morning with French toast and waffles. For some reason, I really love the orange juice down here-it's sweet, but very different from back home.

After breakfast, I went back to the room and cleaned up quickly, as we had to be on the bus at 10:30. We took an hour and a half bus ride to our destination-the Mayan Pyramids. We watched the movie Signs on the way, but I fell asleep on the trip, and caught up on some much needed rest.

When I woke up, I couldn't believe the sight of the Pyramids and how big they were. We arrived at the main gate, and walked in the entrance, where they had lots of little shops where vendors were selling local souvenirs. It is really interesting to buy things down here, as you can bargain for anything you are interested in. The vendors are very nice, and always willing to work out a good deal with you. After negotiating, you can pretty much work everything down to 1 US dollar, even though they start by asking for around 50 dollars.

I bought some little Mexican statues that represent sun and moon, as well as a little crystal basketball and some shot glasses for my friends back home.

After some shopping, we started to get closer to the Pyramids and they were even more impressive than I thought from the road. After we took some pictures at the base, we decided to try to walk up the tallest one. I was in search of an escalator by the time we were half way up, as the journey to the top was a serious climb!

The walk, however, was well worth the trip as the view from the top was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen in my life. We looked out over the City and the other ruins, and I was in awe with how amazing the view was. We took a lot of pictures that I can't wait to show everyone back home.

After walking down and being harassed some more by the vendors, we took the bus back home and the trip seemed even longer as it was raining out. This is the rainy season here, but the weather has been nice since we got here, although much cooler than we expected. To pass the time, we watched the movie Independence Day on the bus ride home.

When we got pack to the hotel, we enjoyed some of America's finest cooking-Domino's Pizza and then met up to review film in Coach Lanier's room. We watched the film from our victory over National University, and we all enjoyed a good laugh after Coach Lanier almost tripped and fell demonstrating one of our defensive lapses. He is always very focused on getting us ready to win a Championship and when this is all said and done, this trip will be a great step in getting us there.

After the film, I headed across the street with Tommy to the mall, where I got a couple of milkshakes at McDonalds. Then we got back to our room and watched Mexican Fear Factor on MTV Espanol. This was a lot of fun, but it's difficult to watch TV here, because there are only a few stations telecast in English.

I am going to head off to bed now, so I can save my energy for Cancun. We leave for Cancun at 8:30 tomorrow morning and the whole team is excited for the trip. Thanks for taking the time to read my entry. I am really enjoying my time here and looking forward to a great season.

Paul