We wound down our activities, dotting the “I’s” and crossing the “T’s” before our departure from the Complex at 3pm to the airport in Barcelona over an hour away. Before that, our Monday afternoon expedition carried us on a 22-minute drive eastward to the nearby town of Tarragona.
Managers, Sergio and Amal, carried our General Manager, Clyde Jureidini, to the Embassy of Spain to get updated about the Visa extensions for 2 of our players, and were successful in learning they are processing steadily. Both players and parents are happy. They and the 6 HVFC players (Oquassa Chong, Garth Stewart, Jabari Howell, Tyreek Magee and Casseam Priestley, Tafari Chambers) await the scheduled meeting in the next day or 2 including decisions taken in Portugal between new Premier League partners SC Braga and Lank FC.
Sightseeing in Barcelona
The more commercial-oriented town is occupied by a 135,000 population. It boasts many car dealerships, the Parc Central Mall with local and international brands, and the Marcet (Market) Central. Interestingly-sculptured public street Monument, like most European cities sculptures around a working waterfall, was observed as a decorated road- train passes us by with smiling passengers. All good fun, as we passed the famous Port-Avertura Amusement Park, sponsored by Ferrari, on the outskirts between both towns.
New sights but old memories of going home are calling, we boarded the flights awaiting good news on the horizon. Our flight departed at 6:50pm to Frankfurt then on to Montego Bay airport Wednesday, March 20th at 5pm. The itinerary then included getting on the 7pm Knutsford Express to return to the New Kingston Depot around 11:15pm to complete the long journey home for the 3 Jamaican trialists (Shadane Lopez, Denzel Smith, Trevaune McKain).