Revisiting Barcelona!

Revisiting Barcelona!

We are spending the beginning of this new season in Spain, in a city up north about an hour from Bilbao called Vitoria-Gasteiz.  I just arrived last Monday and have been battling the jet lag pretty poorly…(Unfortunately, my body is taking too long to adjust so I’ve been delaying sharing a sneak peak of our new home away from home (coming soon though :)).

Regardless, I planned a quick trip to Barcelona just a few days after arriving, the location of the first game of the regular season.  How could I pass this up?!  Barcelona might be my favorite city out of all the European cities I’ve visited and lived in.  This was my second time visiting, which gave me more time to truly enjoy the city without the pressure of making sure all the “famous” sites are explored.   Continue reading “Revisiting Barcelona!”

Moscow in the Spring

Moscow in the Spring

Much to our surprise, Matt got a few off days in the Spring, but, unlike in December, was not long enough to go as far as Switzerland, especially given the difficult travel from Krasnodar.  Therefore, after much deliberation, we decided to spend a few days in Moscow for him to actually enjoy the city outside of basketball.   Continue reading “Moscow in the Spring”

St. Petersburg and Moscow in the middle of Winter

St. Petersburg and Moscow in the middle of Winter

This past January I was able to finally venture out of Krasnodar and into two of Russia’s most well-known cities: St. Petersburg and Moscow.  An opportunity to travel within Russia should never be forgone… ESPECIALLY when you already live there and have a multi-entry 3-year visa.  My family was able to visit for 9 days, and we definitely took advantage…enjoying sufficient time in each.   Continue reading “St. Petersburg and Moscow in the middle of Winter”

Switzerland Series Part II: Christmas in Zurich

Switzerland Series Part II: Christmas in Zurich

Zurich may not be the first city that comes to mind when deciding where to go during Christmas…because when I did my research, it was never listed under any of the “Top Christmas Cities in Europe” lists.  However, a city unexplored was just has exciting as any other city in my book. Continue reading “Switzerland Series Part II: Christmas in Zurich”

Futbol Sundays…

Futbol Sundays…

Over on this side of the Atlantic it’s futbol Sundays…a stark difference from my favorite season in the States: Football season!  But my interest in futbol has certainly peaked while living over on this side where futbol is literally life. 



Krasnodar built an amazing stadium that certainly made me feel like I was no longer even in the city. Brand spanking new with a nothing-short-of-spectacular video board spanning the entirety of the stadium’s inner walls. 

The crowd roared and chanted over a friendly game between Russia and Costa Rica. 


Most of the time goals in the sport are rare…but this game ended with a PK win by Costa Rica making the final score 4-3. 


Quite exciting and definitely worth the trip. 


A soccer game is a must if you ever get the chance to live or travel abroad!  The love for the sport is passionate, inviting, and invokes a unique rush of competitiveness!