The U.S. U-20s made the beautiful five-hour bus ride along the mountains from Santiago to Chillan - site of their first two games - today in a fancy new busy decorated just for the occasion. It was a pretty uneventful trip, which is how we like them. In case you were wondering, we watched Iron Man and The Wedding Crashers.
We picked up a police escort on the way, and a few motorcycles took us the rest of the way into the city. Apparently people here in Chillan were expecting us. This was the scene as the team bus pulled up to the hotel (you can see the security presence too):
But once inside, we pretty much have the run of the hotel, taking up every room in the place, which is sort of like a bed and breakfast. Every room is different... some of us lucky ones have a beautiful view of the mountains. The staff here has been very welcoming, doing everything they can to make us feel at home. Which si nice, because we have about 10 days and two huge games here!