Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Beginning of the End

It is official... the final count down has begun. Tomorrow marks only 10 days left. 130 days and only 10 of them left. As I said before, I cant say it went by quickly, but it is hard to believe it is already June 20. After our last game we have had a long break of 2 weeks so that players could go compete with their national teams. So we were left here with 7 people to have in practices, which doesn't allow for much. But it hasnt been much of a problem because Russia has been having big thunder storms everyday. The rain comes in the afternoon and within a few minutes of the downpour the roads are flooded and muddy again.

I have been trying to soak up all the remaining time with experiencing as much of Voronezh as I can. I was able to go to an art museum that had an exhibit dedicated to a Russian artist. It consisted of contemporary soviet paintings as well as french photography. It was an awesome experience and really cool to see the art of this culture. The museum that the exhibit was held in, however, was not ventilated at all, so it was hard to take our time walking around in because it was so hot.

Also, for those of you who are not aware, one of the biggest soccer tournaments in the world, The Euro, is going on right now.  It is similar to the world cup, except it only includes the national teams of European countries. Anyways, we have obviously been following and cheering for Russia but they unfortunately didnt make it past the group stages. Every night they played Voronezh shut down and every restaurant, bar, cafe, or living room had the game on. Ximel and I watched in our apartment with the windows open and when Russia scored we could hear the cheers and "OOOORRAAAA's" from all of Russia. It was really fun to be a part of, but also a big bummer that they were put out so early on in the tournament.

Also we have made a couple trips to various beaches around the Voronezh sea to read and spend time in the sun and with Russian people. When we dont have training Ximel and I have been sure to make a trip out to find new places in Voronezh to explore. We have found new restaurants, cafes, beaches, forests and more of the same broken dirt roads.

Our next game is again against the power house, Rossiyanka, and it is a must win or tie game for us. We cant lose anymore games if we hope to keep our second place ranking. So we will spend the next 5 days preparing for that game and getting our players back from their excursions with their national teams. I will keep you posted over the next few days about our preparation for the game, but just know that it is not exciting and there is not much to say about it.

Hope all is well back at home! I miss you all!!



1 comment:

  1. Only 10 days - crazy. What a life experience! You have surely chosen the road less traveled and it makes all the difference! love pops