Saturday, May 27, 2006

Teamates and Friends

Just over 8 months ago Sara arrived in the Netherlands to take up a contract to play field hockey with a team in Amsterdam. She's had a few little challenges in that time - travelling overseas on her own for the first time, coping with homesickness, adjusting to a foreign language (though fortunately most people over there also speak English), learning a different style of play, coaching a number of teams, learning to balance her money and how to live in a new country, living through winter whilst knowing that it was warm and sunny at home, and finding her way around a strange city on her bicycle have been a few things for her to deal with, as well as being on the other side of the world from her family, friends and boyfriend.

However, all in all she has enjoyed her time over there, not least for the fact that many of her teamates have become good friends and the team had a very successful season. They finished as runners-up in Second Division which qualified them to play 6 additional games in the past two weeks in an attempt to gain promotion into First Division. If they had lost the first two matches, it would have been all over then. However, it wasn't until the sixth match, which they sadly lost 1-0, that their season ended.

Sara is now very excited about spending a few weeks travelling Europe with her boyfriend, who is really looking forward to his first visit to the Continent, and no doubt, seeing Sara again!

Below is Sara's hockey team. She is 4th from the left, front row, orange stick (next to the girl with the blue leg.)
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5 comments:

PEA said...

Congratulations to Sara on a job well done!!! Wow, she sure has had to go through a lot and it couldn't have been easy for her at all. She deserves the time off to travel Europe and that in itself will be a wonderful experience:-)

Kali said...

What a challenge! I admire Sara for following her dream, and now those difficulties that she faced have become part of the rich tapestry of her life.
I wish her continued success for her future...Well done and God Bless :)

Kerri said...

Congratulations to Sara and the team for doing so well!
They had a really good season. This has been a great character-building experience for Sara. She certainly deserves to relax and enjoy some traveling with her boyfriend. They'll have a wonderful time I'm sure.
And she'll be home soon Alice :)

judypatooote said...

What a great experience for Sara... I'm sure you miss her, but with the internet, I hope you were able to keep in touch.... My grandson Peter is 9 years old, and just got back from Amsterdam, for a trade show with his dad....they went to London first, then the show was in Amsterdam....his dad owns his own business....Peter said he really enjoyed his trip...

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Alice...
Please pass on congraatulations to Sara. Well done!
Marion