Friday, April 27, 2012

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Well, I wrote an entire post about my adventures to Recife, going to the beach, and the difficulty in transportation that led to some interesting adventures, but I have no idea where it went. So now I will just sum it up! The game i wasn't registered for, copa de brazil, some girls who didn't make the roster and I went to Recife for the night/next day. It was gabi, gabi's sister, Pinda, and myself. A friend drove us to Gabi's house in Recife Friday night and we went to e beach saturday. Catie Was meeting up with us on Saturday at the beach. We had a nice time at the beach, it was packed, but enjoyed the weather and scenery. I think it was about four o'clock when gabi and her sister left because they were driving the five or a hours to watch our team play. so Pinda and I waited at the beach for catie. Finally we met up with her and she said it took her like 3 hours to get to recife due to bus complications. It is only like a thirty minute or forty minute drive. I didn't know how she wasn't pissed a doing insane. Haha so we met her at the bus stop but went back to beach so she can at least put her feet in and we can grab food. After eating, catie had an American friend in Recife she wanted to meet up with so we ask the security guard for directions, but he gave us the wrong directions. Again, short version of story but his wrong directions ended up making us walk ten minutes get on a bus for ten minutes to be in a wrong place. It ended up being that whe we had asked him is where we actually needed to be so we thought we would walk back to save us money. Hour to hour n half later we finally find her friend.. Thank god. Because it was getting later and darker and we shouldn't really be walking out then. Plus I was still hungry and tired from the entire day at the beach I just wanted to go we sit and chat with caties friends for a bit and me and Pinda were so tired we finally told catie we should get going. We grab a snack, then for some odd reason, ask the SAME security guard for directions to the bus to Vitoria. We take a taxi that cost 20 reias for a 5 min drive.. Drops us off.. We ask people where the stop is for Vitoria. They look at us like we're crazy and say there is no bus here for Vitoria. Ughhh! So they tell us to get in another bus that will take us to the metra and that will bring us to the other connecting bus. Umm... It's like 8pm or so and it's not the best for us to be going place to place butit was our only option. So we take the bus to e metrs, metra to the next bus stop.... Only to find out the bus station was closed! Well shoot. What the heck are we going to do now. It's about almost ten at night now. So we call a taxi we knew and he said it would cost a hundred reias... No thanks. Then Pinda calls her friend but he is working so no luck. Then we ask a taxi that was waiting there and he said 120reias.. More then the previous taxi we asked. Ahhh! We were bargaining and the guy finally brought it down to eighty reais but we still didn't want to pay that much Nor do I think we had enough for that. So then they were like we'll we can try and ask the cars how much they cost. The cars are like unnamed taxis and it's illegal but supposedly everyone does it... So that makes it ok right? Ha... So we talk with them that took actually some time and they said fifty reAis so we said ok fine let's check it out. So we go down where this car is that looked sketchy as heck and me and catie were going back and forth with Pinda deciding if we should take this car or not. There were five other people taking this ride and they were going to a nearby city. We made a deal that we had to be dropped off first. We ended up taking it. It was weird. I was sitting next to catie on one Side and a random man on the other with three random people behind us and the driver n passenger. We were crammed. The guy drove extremely fast and at first had to ask catie if these cars are made MPh cause he was going like 120 and even that was fast for here especially with these ridiculously made roads, practically no light, and crazy other drivers. I think I'm a fast driver (well with all my tickets I know I'm fast driver ha) but this guy or ride seemed even faster. Luckily, we made it home by 1130ish. Only for me to come back to a house that had no house water, which meant, no going to the bathroom, no shower, no dishes, no laundry, etc. no shower... I was at the beach all day, walked and been everywhere, all I wanted to do was shower. So as late as it was, we walked to caties showers there and finally came home to sleep. I think I will stay in Vitoria until I depart. To much complication for me especially in a country I don't know or even the language. Ok so now a week has gone by and we had a game last Sunday. I was not on the roster but since it was close inwpstill went. The worst field I have seen. It was practically half dirt and sand and sme grass. The team showed up with eight players. The game started.. Maybe ten minutes in one of the other teams players was injured so now they have 6field players and a goalie. Well it's 4-0 already and eventually ANOTHeR girl is injured. The game ended up cancelling and us taking the win, we play every team twice, one home and one away. So we played this team again on this past Wednesday. I was in the roster.. Woo! We ended up winning I think 12-0. Not sure. I was in for Maybe 30 minutes second half and did well, didn't score, but almost! It was raining to and the other team was getting or playing dirty. At the end of the game even one of the other team members were holding one of their team members jersey as if she was ready to take off and attack like a dog. Lol so funny. We won though. The finals for pernambuco cup is the first and now the 12th. It was originally the first and fifth, but there is a copa de brazil game on the 6th so they changed it. I am leaving the 11th. I was not signed up for copa de brazil cause I would have to stay til the end and my visa is upnjune 7th and finals are the 9th anyways. Plus, I'm kinda ready to come home and I really need to work!! I'm bummed that they changed the date though cause I planned my date so I would be here for the pernambuco championship, which we are most likely to win. But oh well. Everything happens for a reason. I am so excited to come though. I can't wait to see my family and friends. My aunt from Texas will actually be in town two days that I will get in just in time to visit. Plus, my sister meaghan has a competition in Rockford that her and her bps by will be flying in for so I'm looking forward to that. I e talked to meaghan almost everyday in some form of communication since I've been here so I cannot wait to see her! :) Plus I haven't been to her competition since she changed from bodybuilding to figure so it'll be fun to go and see! Hopefully I get rostered for Tuesday's game because I believe it will be the last game I will be in. Other then that, just straining, and catching some rays before I get home! Ha Will probably post at least one maybe two more times before I leave. Gosh it flew by! What a great experience! Xoxo Me

Friday, April 13, 2012


Sunday we had a game for the Pernambuco, which is the state, cup. I unfortunately did not make the roster. I was pretty bummed because i thought i for sure would cause i had a great week of training. The girls who were not on the roster were still able to travel with the team since the game was only about an hour and a half away. We ended up winning 24-0. No that is not a typo-o.. We really won by that much. Pretty pathetic and as a fan in the stands... I was bored after twenty minutes of it in being 6-0. Sucks that the state does not have much competition. We do have one of the best teams in brazil and I guess Sau PAulo has some of the best teams in the country. Hopefully the teams will get better as we move down the bracket, but either way we are winning so that's greaaaat right?!?! Woo. After the game we stayed to watch the first half of the other game and then left. We went straight to a pizza/pasta restaurant and all ate there. Monday was nice. Training was at 3, but not at the field. It was at golden goal, which is the gym. The girls who played went into the pool And the girls who didn't originally were suppose to do a workout but they just let everyone go to the pool. Catie and I actually wanted to workout so we went and lifted. I didn't play the day before and practice Saturday was light so I wanted to make sure I did something that day! Unfortunately Monday night when I went to sleep I woke up at about 3am and rushed to the bathroom. I was so sick. One of the girls I live with heard me and came to check on me. She told me one of the other girls was just throwing up too. I barely slept that night but took some tums hoping that would help. When I woke up I was still pretty it feeling that well but I was better. I originally had plans to go to the bank and grocery store with the Iceland girls since. Had no money or food to eat so I had to go. I walked slowly over to their house only to find out 3 of the girls in their house were sick too! They were still throwing up in the morning! Crazyyyy right? I ended up still making it to the bank and store but did not eat anything.. Only had a w sips of water. I was scared to have anything because I didn't want to get sick again. Iccck! So I go back and make a little sandwich and I was fine. I slept from 2-530ish, which was much needed. Didn't get to train but I had no energy to and neither did the other girls that were sick. We think it might have been the water from the other town we were in for the game. Not sure though. This weeks training went well. I felt tired all week. The girls just left an hour ago for the next game, which is tomorrow. This game is for Copa de Brasil. I am not signed up for this tournament yet, which sucks, so I do not get to play in this game either. Ugh! The game is in Napal.. I think.. It's 3-5 hours away and they took the bus. They play tomorrow at 830. My entire house is away a the game so I was kinda freaking out what the hell I am going to do all weekend. There are about 7 or so girls not traveling and some were going home. Then I just talked to the few girls who live next door to me and we are going to go to Recife tonight Nd stay at Gabi's house. We will probably go out tonight and head to the beach tomorrow. This made my excitement level go up... I'm so excited to get out of Vitoria! Plus, catie had just came back from some meetings in Recife so knowing she will be here lifted some weight off my shoulders! English speakers are a plus but the other girls try zoo hard to speak English and explain and. Appreciate it. I try and talk back in Portuguese and some how we communicate! :) I will be sure to update next week on how tomorrow's game went and to let everyone know if I will be n the roster for the next game! Wish me luck and til then.. I'll be sure to keep working hard! Ate logo! Xoxo

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Time is flying by!

Ola! So last week... Thursday I didn't train due to a bug bite (not sure what kind) that made my ankle swell up!! It was crazy! It didn't hurt but it was huge, like I was having an allergic reaction to it! It was red, itchy, and extremely hot compared to e rest of my leg! The lady trainer said she had no idea what was wrong but i need to go to the doctor. Then the American and Iceland girls said they don't think I should go to the hospital because it's probably not clean and such. So I iced and iced and rested it. By Friday I was back out training of course. Friday we scrimmaged and it was extremely hot that day! We had a bunch of water breaks. We also had about 4-5 teenage boys scrimmage with us because we have girls injured, the Iceland girls are in Belgium playing with their national team and we have 3 girls on the brazil national team in the USA playing, Japan, Canada, and the USA. The USA beat brazil 3-0... I didn't get to watch but heard we won! Woo! We had Saturday and Sunday off, which was much needed after 5 straight days of two a days! I was exhausted. Friday just relaxed. Woke up Saturday and made breakfast, cleaned my room, and did laundry. Then saturday night two other girls and myself went to another town called Gloria,which was about 20 minutes away. There was this huge party/parade/outdoor concert. If I could remember the name of it or how to spell it I would but I don't haha. It was really cool though and I had a lot of fun! People had their cars and motorbikes parked in the main part of town blasting music from their cars. The stereo/speakers they have in their cars would definitely be illegal in the united states. I'm not kidding I thought I was going to lose hearing. I had to walk away. then there was this singer and dancers on this float that went around town,which lasted about an hour, and everyone followed, singing and dancing along. It was crazy to see, but I had a lot of fun. I am always surprised by something new. Sunday I just rested and slept. I didn't have much to do. I went into town by myself, and ate at some food place. I think it was cheffs burger or something. During the day I have been doing well walking by myself but at night you aren't suppose to walk alone after 8or 9, so I make sure I follow that rule. It's just frustrating thou at times when I just want to get something at the store or what not, I can't just go. If I knew the language fluently, I probably would but I don't. I'm doing well though. Catie said I'm learning really quick. I know a lot of words I just have difficult time putting them into sentences, but I try! I sound like a joke sometimes and they laugh at me but it's funny and I can't learn if I don't try and practice! They do the same when trying to say English words. It's hilarious. This weeks trainings have been good. Although, Wednesday I had a rough day. The Iceland girls are away, and catie, the other American,was gone working on this project for women's soccer n Recife, so I had no translator at practice. They try to say things in English but doesn't really make to much sense and we all can get frustrated. But today was better. We scrimmaged and catie was back. Catie and I even were talking and saying how nice it was to play with each other, the same language, and style of play. The girls here always yell at each other, which I don't notice cause I can't understand them. Lol. Also, they play more individually rather then pass pas and such. Also, they don't have much encouragement either. But they are all really good so it'll just have to do :) the scrimmage went really well. I thought I played well and one of the keepers said I did well and was faster then everyone so I'm hopppping I get to be on e roster for Sundays game. The game is a few hours away too so it'll be nice to travel and see how that works and other parts of brazil. Not sure how the competition will be for this game. I'm excited though and just keep working hard! Woooop! I think you can tell that I am actually really enjoying the experience a lot more now. All the weird things, or different, I just think its weird and strange, I'm use to now. There are things that disgust me though like all the bugs. I wear pants to bed and put on bug Creme every night or they attack me no joke. I even got the same b bite that made my ankle swell up on my freaking forehead!! My face was swollen and the girls were cracking up. The girls laugh at me a lot and call me "Patricia" or something like that. I guess it means I'm super girly. When we clean the house, I cleaned the bathroom, and sandrinha was laughing because of my facial expressions. Oh and when I do my laundry, since it's done by hand, I'm not the best at it either. Or if there is a bug or a frog or any kind of animal, I freak out. Haha oh well. Ohhh! Last night I went to go wash my hands and the water was out!, I was like uhh...?.? Arruda said that it was normal... I looked at her like she was crazy. And I said how long? Ad she said til tomorrow.. So today is wake up and it's still out. She again said it was normal and then sandwich a said...Normal??? Only for Vitoria!! We always make jokes about this town because it is so different and the strangest things!! Oh so I haven't talked much about the other American but it has been great since she has been here! Her name is catie Fischer. She is from Boston and went and played at Harvard. Pretty sweet. She also played for the red stars in 2009 and we actually know a few of the same people! Crazy, small world! She is awesome though and we get a long really well. She is working on this huge project on a documentary of women's futbol in brazil. It is so fascinating. She presented to people at the world cup last summer and has done so much and has been so many places because of it. She has meetings all the time and is working on so much. She is also writing articles for a website for the president of this town. She does a lot and I'm so interested in it all. She told me stories when she first came in 2004 and said they had to walk to training which was 45 minutes away and they didn't get food made for them and showers were outside. My mouth dropped. I was like, "how did u stay here?" haha we laughed but it's come a long way. It's crazy how amazing these girls are and at such young ages but there is no money in women's futbol. We have two trainings tomorrow, 830am and 3pm. Then morning training Saturday and a game Sunday at 3. I will keep you all posted on how the game goes. I'm still living out of suitcases. They said they would get me a dresser/closet but it's been 4 weeks and still nothing. Things take quite a bit of time here. Pretty laid back. I sometimes find it rather quite frustrating. My sister sent a package two weeks ago and it's still not here. Meeeeh. Catie's dad sent her one too the same day and hrs isn't here either so hopefully they arrive soon. I hope everyone has a great weekend and happy Easter! I can't believe it's already almost middle of April! Time is flying by! Well that's it for now.. Till then.. Take care Xoxo