June 1, 2004
Indiana guard Cyndi Valentin is in Puerto Rico going through training camp with the Puerto Rican National Team as it prepares for qualifying rounds of the FIBA Americas Qualifying Tournament this summer.
While in Puerto Rico, the 2004 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection is keeping a diary for iuhoosiers.com. Following is her second entry:
"I'm actually getting ready to go to practice in a little bit. We're in Vega Baja right now, getting ready to leave for Salinas, which isn't far from San Juan. It will take about an hour-and-a-half to get there with the traffic, which can be pretty bad.
I got a book that I was reading today out by the pool called "The Vanished Man". It's a suspense book. I really love watching Law and Order SVU, and this book is kind of like it with crime scene forensics and things like that."
I just came from Vega Baja, where I got to hang out with my cousins. We wanted to go see a movie, but we just ended up going to eat at Ponderosa Steakhouse. We went to about five different theaters, but the lines were unbelievably long. It was kind of like when "The Passion of the Christ" came out. We did go to the mall the other day and saw "The Day After Tomorrow", which was real good.
One of the best things about being out here is that I get to spend time with my grandparents. They have a platano tree and I actually ended up cutting it down, because once you take the platano clusters off it, you have to cut down the tree because it dies.
As for practice later on tonight, I'm not sure what exactly we're going to do. We generally do lots of conditioning early in practice. Our whole team isn't here yet, because some of the players have jobs that they can't leave to come down just yet. Practicing four-on-four most of the time, we do lots of scrimmaging and work on our defense. We work on some of our plays toward the end of practice and then incorporate the plays into our scrimmages.
The language barrier is getting better with my teammates. I am speaking more Spanish and they are speaking more English, so that's making things a little easier."