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its a new season and now Im in Iceland!!
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Kopavogur, Iceland


So we lost our game yesterday. It was a huge game because it wasn't a league game it was a cup game and if we had won I think we would have gone to the semi-finals. We played the team that is currently in 1st who has National team players everywhere on the team. At least one in each position. I made some big saves but the two goals they scored were "good" but I think I still could have had them (a 1v1 and one off the cross bar bounces in instead of out). Now we need to focus on beating them in league, we play them July 7th at their stadium. But out next game is on the 30th so we must now turn our focus back to league play. Oh and we found out that the first round of Champions league will be in Iceland so if we make it through we will play another european team home and away. So now I really hope we make it through so we can travel. We had today off so I hung out with a team mate, went to the pool and then watched the Germany v England game.
This past week was pretty low key although on one day I biked to down town Reykjavik which is like 30min. I was super happy that I found my way with out getting lost! It started raining which was a bummer but then I had 3 cups of coffee to try and warm up. I'll tell ya that wasn't sitting well when I had practice later. THink I'll go make dinner now


permalink written by  katieandboo on June 27, 2010 from Kopavogur, Iceland
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hint of summer

Kopavogur, Iceland


we lost recently against valur in league which was a big bummer cuz we almost had them, 2-1 again. Our next 4 league games are huge not just cuz we need the wins but because there against strong teams. THey will be good battles which will be good to help us get ready for the Champions league games in Aug. We found out that we are hosting the games for the champions league and that we play a really good french team an istonia team and team from russia we think.
Harpa (my teammate) took Maura and I on a cool hike on our day off. we hiked up through a valley up the mountains then bathed in the hot water stream.
Thankfully we got out and changed before it started raining. After we got back down from the hike we went to this little place where we had a basket filled with chix nugs mozza sticks onion rings jalapeno poppers, was sooo good. On friday went with sandra and hekla to watch sandras brother play and the town happend to be where hekla grew up. So we ate at her favorite pizza place which was good. THen today after practice we went to brunch since we had an early practice, although it was lunch no breakfast part here. Which I was kinda bummed about because I could have really gone for a good breakfast burrito or some eggs Benedict. It is really nice today which is a change its been so ugly, so maybe it will be good here for a while. A really fun packed weekend soccer, pizza, hike party basket, prac, brunch, then world cup finale. Which might I say I made really good nachos! they have this sour cream with green onion and onion so I put that on it with this pepper cheese which tastes like Gouda, with pepper. Some tomatoes, jalps, salsa, chopped lettuce, and chix...really good!! anyway we have two games this week one on tuesday and then one on friday, so hopefully good outcomes. Hope its not to hot in the states :)


permalink written by  katieandboo on July 11, 2010 from Kopavogur, Iceland
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busy weekend

Kopavogur, Iceland


We won our game friday 4-0. But I have a pretty severly jammed finger from making a 1v1 save with just that finger.
Our club host this huge girls tournament from ages of 5-11 which went on this weekend. Started friday morning and lasted till sunday afternoon. The team had to work by walking around in our game day outfits and sometimes had to jumpp in to ref a game or two. It was fun although it was kinda tiring walking around for hours especially since the past days have been real nice out. There was a booth where they sold and traded cards so we were signing trading cards alot of the day too, which was cool. Then saturday we had to work the bbq for the dinner. We made 2,000 hamburgers, the line was out the stadium for about 3hrs. Everyone had a different station that worked pretty well, some were cooks some making the burger (lettuce and hamburger sauce) some were handing out cokes and burgers and others were runners (running the meat from the bbq to the makers, or refilling our lettuce). I was in the making station so alot of us were having races at who could make the burgers the fastest. We ran out of bread like three times during the night which was a nice break but the line would just grow. After all of it we ended up getting a case of free coke. Oh and Friday all the kids were aloud to come into our game for free so the stands were pretty packed which was fun.
I just bought a ticket to Italy with a quick layover in Sweden. Im going to hang out with my friends in Sweden for a little bit then head to Italy where I have a tryout with a team in Verona. I am super excited but a little nervous because they only take one international player so hoping ill be enough.
Biked to the harbor today and read, got a big game tomorrow so just tried to take it easy. Oh and its been pretty nice the past few days but supposed to rain on wednesday, but as long as our game is nice its cool! :)
alright gotta catch some sleep ciao


permalink written by  katieandboo on July 19, 2010 from Kopavogur, Iceland
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busy busy

Kopavogur, Iceland


I can't believe its August been super busy this last bit of July it has just flown... We have had two really big games and won both! the first one we were down 2-0 with a man down and came back and won 3-2. I made some big 1v1 saves in the second half but the girls really played hard for eachother to bring home the win. The second game we were tied at half, and most of the game, 1-1 but then in the extra time minutes scored our second goal to take the victory!! Very sweet wins and much needed for our teams confidence. We dont have any games till the 5th but that is the start of the Champions league so well also play the 7th and the 10th.
We had yesterday off so my roommate and friend took a cross country trip to see the glacier lake, and let me tell you pics do not do it any justice. It really takes your breath awway how pretty and old this glacier is. On our way to the lake we stopped and saw two really cool waterfalls, one of which you could walk behind. Our journey started at leaving a lil after 7:15am and returning home at 9pm. But this journey took us from the very west of the island to the east so long but worth it.
Oh my friend sam and I hiked to see Glymur which is the tallest waterfall in iceland which is awesome! Although the terrain is kinda dangerous not too many tourists were on this path. At some points we would be on all fours sliding over a rock or trying to traverse across it. But totally worth it when you get to the top and see this jurassicesc looking scene.
We have had a few extra trainings during the week which were good and I have been working out extra as well and cooking some good things. Tonight I made a pepper steak with a mushroom cream sauce with fries on the side and a salad. Oh and of course garlic bread and a coke!
Oh I almost forgot so our team has groups now and your group has to come up with a fun thing to do for the team, like bonding. And the first groups activity was soccer tennis! So everyone got split into groups of 4 and you all had to have a signature costume that everyone wore, like a team. It was pretty hilarious one team was costume animals one was like a spandex fitness intructor look with unibrows and one was just simple orange shirts black shorts. We played it like a tournament and when it was over we all ate pizza and pop and then went and watched our junior girls play.
I am getting very excited for my trip to Sweden and most importantly Italy! I leave in 9 days now and am so excited. Well im gonna go to bed now but hope all is well back home.


permalink written by  katieandboo on August 1, 2010 from Kopavogur, Iceland
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Champions league

Kopavogur, Iceland


So yesterday we had our first game in the Champions league and won! We play our second tomorrow and final on tuesday. If we win we get to advance in the tournament and travel somewhere and play. It is really cool because it is super official. We all wear the same stuff pretty much all day long. We meet for breakfast in the morning then usually train or hang together until lunchtime then we can go home. On game days we meet back up before game time but on off days we meet up later for a little team bonding then have dinner together. This will alst until the 10th. Today for team bonding we got separated in to groups of 4 and did a little scavenger hunt. It was fun I had to recite a song in Icelandic infront of the girls.
A little about the game, when we walk out we each walk out with a little kid. I happened to get a little goalkeeper so it was really cute. And the officials are from all over and the main language everyone has to use is English, its crazy. I signed a couple of autographs after the game and could hear little girls chanting my name, which was kind of freaky but cool. Think thats all for now think good thoughts for tomorrows game, ciao


permalink written by  katieandboo on August 6, 2010 from Kopavogur, Iceland
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travel and tryouts

Verona, Italy


i have not had internet until now so i will try to catch you up. as i wrote lst we advanced and we will now travel to paris to play next. I went to sweden and visited boo and my friends in karlstad, was way to short of a trip. I got t train with hem and go to one of their games so that was fun. the manager even bought me an extra salad for the bus ride and dinner onthe way home. He also gave me left overs for my next day, he says he knows how muchi like to eat ha. on sunay i took a bus from karlstad to stockholm 4hrs getting in at 10pm. i then found a hostel to stay in until 4am when i had to leave to catch my bus to the airport. from there landed in italy and caught a train to Verona are were the team manager picked me up. Becaueshe is quitting the club she has turned into my sports agent saying dont sign anything without her in mypresence. i got in around 4pm monday so i didnt train but tuesday i went to te gym and pool with the center mid of the nat team. it was fun and the facilities were very nice. wednesday more girls showed up in the apt I am stying in, and we hd our first training (my tryout) I think i did pretty well. the girls are reallynice and even tho only one speaks some english they all still want to talk to m so we tend to do broken italish. today we trained again and it was just ok, it has been pretty hot here so im dying but thankfully we get lots of water breaks. oh I have been eting pretty well today for lunch I made this fresh spinach gnocci with sausage and cheese in olive oil, very good. i love that the grocery stores have two huge aisles of dry pasta on both sides and about 3 b floor fridges of fresh pasta and 3 big standing cases of more fresh pasta. lots of sasage and cheese as well, oh and of course sauces! needless to say i love it here the food makes me happy :) I think i forgot to mentin that my manager friend, lety, gt me another audition for a team in Roma which i think i leave tomorrow or saturday for. the cool thing about that team is that they get all of the things that the mens team get so our gear and logo looks like theres! I think the team here in bardolino wants m because after practice today they were saying that they were interested. so we shal se what happens. i am trying to just enjoy the experiences and have lots of fun along the way. ciao for now

permalink written by  katieandboo on August 19, 2010 from Verona, Italy
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