Entering a new basketball season as a free agent meant a new team, new city, and new country for us. This new season brought us to Spain in a small city in the Basque Country – Vitoria-Gasteiz. We had been eager to get into Spain since the beginning of this career because of its competitiveness and, of course, because it’s Spain – as an American, who wouldn’t want a chance to live here and/or visit?! Continue reading “A new home in Spain”
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!”
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”
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”
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”
We just recently got some time off for the first time in years! And most importantly, the vacation time fell during Christmas. Continue reading “Switzerland Series Part I: Arriving in Zurich”