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2k9 International Tour, Day 2: Arrival

For the second straight year, a group from Jordan Brand will travel to Europe -- this time to Vilnius, Lithuania -- for a two-day training camp with 40 of the top prospects in the world from March 4-9.  Ten players will be selected as the Most Valuable Players from the camp and they will travel to the United States in April, along with six players from other regions of the world to compete in the second annual International Game as part of the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday, April 18th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  The following is a blog and daily photo gallery from Kevin Foley, who will be along for the trip.

Vilnius, Lithuania (March 4): Marc and I landed at 12:45 pm at the Vilnius airport.  30 degrees.  We got our luggage and met our driver right outside baggage claim.  He did not speak much English but joked with us that he at least knew the basics.  That is impressive though because I could never master the Lithuanian language -- it is extremely complicated.  The written language is very difficult to understand too, so we were thrilled that we did not have to navigate through the city in a rental car.  Our driver was enjoying his favorite radio station along the way which was all American songs that I had never heard in my life.  They were either from a few decades ago or never quite made it in the U.S.  After spending an hour at the hotel, we went over to the Sarunas Academy -- run by the legendary Sarunas Marciulionis who used to play in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors.  After taking in a very-entertaining dodge ball game with their youngest kids (many of whom were wearing NBA uniforms of LeBron, Kobe, etc.), we spent a few hours meeting with their staff and getting the final plans in order for the event this weekend.

We got back to the hotel around 6 pm.  I had only slept an hour in the last two days so I was ready to crash.  Instead of going to the hotel restaurant for dinner, I caught up on a few emails and decided to order a sandwich from room service.  I figured a ham sandwich would do it (see photo below) -- but it was a little too literal for my hunger.  Breakfast is at 7 am.

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Well, it is 3 am and I am wide-awake.  I fell asleep six hours ago hoping to make it through the night, but my body still thinks it is 6 pm.  So confusing.  My hotel room has a beautiful brand new flat screen television, but only two English channels -- CNN International and MTV Europe.  CNN keeps running the same speech from the British prime minister and I do not think I would be able to put in words how bizarre MTV Europe is at 3 in the morning.  You just need to watch it for yourself.

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