Postcard from the Algarve: Stephanie Cox
Every so often when the U.S. Women’s National Team plays out of the country, a player will write an e-postcard, filling in the fans back home on the happenings of the team, off field activities, and anything else on their mind.
Feb. 21, 2010
Bom Dia from Portugal. I am writing to you from our hotel in Albufeira. After staying at the same hotel for years, we’ve finally switched and we are right on the beach, though I am bit jealous that the equipment room has the best view in the hotel and my room looks out onto the parking lot. Because our equipment manager Andrew Dessert does so much for us, I’d say he does deserve the sunrise ocean view. And truthfully, those cobblestones in the parking lot are nice to look at. That’s one thing about the Algarve region…lots and lots of cobblestones.
My lack of an ocean view is made up for by my great roommate, Amy Rodriguez. A-Rod has a goofy side to her and she is always making everyone laugh. I was excited to hang out with her in the room while we are resting after practices, but so far she’s been less goofy and more sleepy. Maybe I was expecting to room with one of Snow White’s dwarfs (that is not a slight to A-Rod’s height), but I thought it would be more Happy than Sleepy. I am hoping she gets over the jet lag so we can have some fun.
We’ve only been here a short time, but I was excited to hear Pia say she’s been impressed with our trainings so far. After traveling so much and playing on soggy fields, she was excited about how sharp we were on our passing and finishing as well as how we got after it in the sessions.
In between our naps, my roomie and I have been watching Olympic events. We fell asleep to some curling last night (doesn’t everyone?) and we were thrilled to see Lindsey Vonn take the bronze in the Super G. It’s amazing that medals in downhill skiing are decided by hundredths of seconds. It makes you respect them even more. Soccer games are often decided by inches, but it’s just unbelievable that the difference between a gold medal and no medal is like the blink of an eye.
But back to the Algarve. (No snow here, just some light rain). Hopefully on one of our slower days, and there aren’t going to be too many of those on this trip, I will get to go pottery shopping. This part of Portugal has great pottery in quality and selection. My husband and I just got a new house and we are in need of a few things. I am especially looking to get one of those things you can lay a spatula or a ladle on, although it’s not like I use a ladle much. I’m not sure what it’s called? Lauren Cheney just said, “Is it called a spoon holder?”
I am really looking forward to our games. Last year, I didn’t get a lot of time with the national team, but I thought I had a good WPS season and I’m hoping that I can get some quality minutes here in Portugal to show what I can do.
Since this is my e-postcard, I’ve been told I can send some love back to my husband. I miss you already and I’ll try to bring you back a nice pottery vase for all those flowers you get me.