Okay, so maybe I overreacted a little bit last time. Portugal isn’t THAT bad. I wouldn’t say I’ve enjoyed myself, but I definitely made it sound like some waterlogged hellhole. There’s lots of worse places I could be. I was reminded of this when I got the following text from a friend back home:
“Did I just read a blog post about a 23-24 year old dude complaining about traveling the world playing tennis instead of going to work 8-5 everyday…. Did that just happen, because it couldn’t have.”
I got a good laugh out of this text. I’d make the point that this is a job for me so when I can’t practice or get in the gym properly it’s frustrating. However, he’s totally right and it’s good to keep things in perspective. I hit a tennis ball around and get to do what I love.
I didn’t qualify this second week in Portugal either. Safe to say I won’t have fond memories of this place. Those who know me know I’m a repetition guy and like lots of practice. Ask my old college teammates how many times I would say “just one more rally” before they finally got me off the court. I struggled with the lack of practice, but this is no excuse. I was still in winning positions so at that point it’s all mental, and I know that. I’m still learning new things every week, so my points will come.
Believe it or not, I actually saw some sunlight the past couple of days. Crazy right? And I’m not just talking a couple of rays sneaking through a cloud ridden sky. Like full blown blinding sun in my face. That was a nice change. I actually got to practice and work on my tan, with the tan obviously being the main priority there.
I also had one of the best burgers in my life when I found a little hole in the wall in Loulé called Brooklyn Cafe. I opted for their famous Brooklyn Burger which was topped with ham, cheese, bacon, a fried egg, and some amazing sauce. I followed that up with a delicious chocolate mousse for dessert. The second time there I got the Oporto burger. Honestly no idea what all it was topped with, but it was delicious. That’s all that matters.
Tomorrow I’ll be spending my entire day traveling to Bahrain for the next tournament where I’ll compete again Saturday. I have an early morning flight so looks like another sleepless night for me which seems to be the theme when I fly. On the bright side, Bahrain should have terrific weather and plenty of sun. Get it…. On the bright side… okay really not that funny, I know.
For those of you who already thought I was insane for going to Egypt and now you just read that I’m going to Bahrain, you’re probably questioning my mental state. I promise I’m still sane, as far as I know.
I’ll check back in with everyone after Bahrain to let you know how it goes!