Travel/Day One (March 16-17)
The Terps set off on their journey on Thursday afternoon with an early evening flight from Dulles to Lisbon with a connecting flight to the squad’s first destination, Porto. The bus ride to the airport was stressful, but not for any travel issues, but because the boys were watching the Maryland men’s basketball team finish off a first-round NCAA Tournament win over West Virginia. The boys cheered with every Hakim Hart bucket and roared for JuJu Reese’s late-game poster dunk. Then, a collective exhale was had when the Terps finally closed out a 67-65 win.
That, however, was the easy part of the trip.
From a customs workers’ strike causing missed connections to long waits in airport lines, the trip from Lisbon to Porto was an arduous one. But, group by group, the Terps arrived in Porto ready for their next adventure.