Alex DeYoung is a goaltender representing the United States with the Team USA Junior Men's Inline Hockey Team in the 2012 Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) World Championships in Bucaramanga, Colombia from June 30 to July 14. Alex is a high school student in Northern Virginia, and the only member of the 16-player team from Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area. Over the next few weeks, he will be writing about the tournament from his perspective.
We got back from practice around 11 last night. Our team woke up at 5:30 AM, had breakfast in the hotel, and then left for Miami International Airport. When we got to the airport, we got our gear checked and then left for Bogotá, [Colombia]. I slept through the whole flight.
The team at Miami International Airport
When we arrived in Bogotá, we got to walk around the airport, which is almost like a mall. The team went off in groups and then met at the departure gate 10 minutes before our flight. My roommate [Kyle DeVault] and I walked around with the team manager [Jeff Weedman], and he bought us espresso and candy. The food here is very different. Our team tried this drink called "Pony" that tastes like flat Dr. Pepper with tons of sugar.
When I bought a cup of coffee, the woman working there gave me two free bags of this candy called "Tropical," which is pretty much a chewy toasted marshmallow between two wafer crackers. Most of the women's team had wine at a bar there, since the drinking age here is 18.
We just boarded our flight to Bucaramanga, and when we land we'll be bused to our hotel and have the rest of the day to relax. The Mexican team and the Canadian women's team just boarded our flight, too.