Brooke Back In Spain
Hey everyone!!! I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the new year which, if you think about it, isn't all that new anymore. We're halfway through February already.....pretty soon we'll be in the thick of another exciting Connecticut Sun season! I KNOW all of you have marked your calendars so you can make plans to attend all of the home games right? Can't wait to see all our awesome fans again!
Like I said, time has certainly flown. It's hard to believe that it's been about nine months since I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The time went by fast, but it was an extremely hard road back to where I am now. I could NEVER have done it without all the encouragement from friends, coaches and teammates, as well as the commitment to work with, encourage and push me DAILY from Georgia Fischer, Tracy Roessner, Lisa Ciaravella, and Craig Katko. Also, my surgeon Dr. Joyce did an absolutely excellent job repairing my knee. Thanks so much to all of you, I wouldn't be where I am today without each of you.
So, WHERE exactly am I these days? Back in Spain of course! This is my fourth season here...I'm thinking about applying for dual citizenship soon since it's literally become my second home. Just kidding, but it could be kind of cool...or I could just marry a Spaniard and get a passport that way...hmm. Anyway, this time around, I'm in the city of Lugo. And since I'm betting most of you have no clue where that is, I'll give you a quick geography lesson. Assuming you already know where Spain is, the city of Lugo is in the northwest region of the country, which has its own name, Galicia. Galicia is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, and it is directly north of Portugal. Now, hopefully, you won't lose any sleep at night wondering where in the world I am. :) It's a beautiful area, known for it's great seafood, and it has a rich culture like all of Spain. (Do I sound like a tour guide yet?)
I arrived here at the beginning of January and I've had a great time so far. I have a great apartment and a brand new little car (a Tata Indica...made in India. Ever heard of it? Me neither!). We have a great arena and weight room, and I really like my coaches and teammates, one of whom is Maiga Hamchetou. She plays for the Sacramento Monarchs. Maiga is an amazing player and an awesome person and it's been great getting to know and play with her.
Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better transition back to my "normal" way of life...that is, playing basketball every day for a living. Thanks to the grace of God and all the effort of the people I mentioned earlier, I feel better than ever physically. My knee has been great, I've had no problems with it. I feel like I'm in good shape and I'm able to play without thinking about anything physically. Also, having the opportunity to come back to Spain, which I have grown to know and love over the years, has also made this whole transition go smoothly. Although there's no place like home in the U.S., and I always look forward to getting back there, I enjoy every second I have here in Spain. I am finally pretty good with the language (OK, so I speak like a five-year-old, but that's progress for me!); the food is EXCELLENT (Galicia is known for it's pulpo. Any clue as to what that might be? If you guessed octopus you win the prize!! It's served sliced up with the purple bumpy skin still on it...and let me tell you, it's DELICIOUS!!!!).
Most importantly, I have managed to get to know a lot of people that I am able to see every now and again, and talk to more often when I am here. Probably the most fun part of being in Spain is that my best friend Taru Tuukkanen is a star player here, so even though we're in different cities we can see each other a little more often than when I'm in the States, since she's from Finland (how many of you know where that country is?). And best of all, talking on the phone is A TON cheaper when we're both here. Great friends are hard to come by, so it's a blessing when you can at least be in the same country with them.
Speaking of great friends, I have had a great time following my Sun teammates on the internet, and watching all of their success in their respective teams around the world. I am so proud of all of them and I know everyone back home is too! TJ, KT, Dev and Candace keep up the great work and good luck! And I also want to say hey to all my other girls who are back in the States. Can't wait to see you guys again soon! And especially to all you Sun fans. I definitely can't wait to see you again! I hope you guys are ready for another fun season!