Hello friends! I know it’s been a while, and quite a few tournaments since my last post, but I think it’s time for a little comeback/debut/fresh blog—-from the beautiful city of Bad Gastein.
For those of you who know me, I always try and elaborate on what the tour is all about, and the behind the scenes stuff that people never know about—heck, I’m even writing a book about it!
People see tennis players and see the glamour, the spotlight, the Grand Slams, and the red carpet. A lot of people don’t know about the events that are in the middle of nowhere. That don’t have Wifi in a 30 mile radius… That only have one court to use for practice amongst 32 players… That have you stay in a hotel that isn’t near anything exciting, so you’re pretty much a hotel prisoner. As cool as that may sound, it can get quite old after 32 weeks of it.
Anyway… Enough of that.
Because, we are in freakin’ Bad Gastein.
It’s pretty much heaven on earth. And if you’ve never been, I STRONGLY, STRONGLY, STRONGLY, suggest for you to visit.
Now, I know that I may be a little biased to the US Open for being my favorite tournament—-well, let’s just say that US Open is my favorite Slam—-while Bad Gastein has quickly become my ABSOLUTELY MOST FAVORITE TOURNAMENT in the world.
Granted, I’m sure that there are some absolutely great tournaments out there that I haven’t been to yet, but this is just—-wow.
Let’s talk about getting here. It wasn’t easy, coming from a small city in France, but when you have a traveling buddy like Miss Shelby Rogers, it’s bound to be super fun and easy.
Transportation? Sure! We arrived at a train station about an hour from the site, and sure enough, we had a great big car waiting for us.
The ride? When I tell you that the driver was a DJ, I’m not kidding. There was never a commercial that came on. And as we all know, there are some really amazing DJs from Europe, so surely, the car was jumpin’. Straight up.
Mountains? Goats? Villages? Name it! Bad Gastein has got it.
I actually want to write a travel guide to Bad Gastein.
Oh, I haven’t even gotten to the hotel.
We arrived to a five star hotel that’s right next to a waterfall—-no big deal.
Upon a swift check in, I went into my suite—-I mean, just a normal room here. 5-star hotel? Pssssh… More like 7. I have closet space for WEEKS!
So, let’s talk about breakfast. The bread is to die for. And it’s not just one kind of bread—you have about 15 different options. You have every strudel you can imagine, a carving station—you even have a real HONEY COMB that you can add to your muesli, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, and milk—WHATEVER YOU DESIRE!
Access to the courts? It’s quite a struggle ya know, walking like 10 yards to the courts. And keep in mind, MOUNTAINS EVERYWHERE.
If you’re about to serve? You’re serving while looking at a mountain.
You’re chasing a dropshot? More like chasing it into a mountain. No big deal.
So what to do, what to do for dinner?
Why don’t we take a beautiful five minute car ride to downtown Bad Gastein where you’ll get a gajizillion dollar view, to get the best Weiner Schnitzel ever? I think yes.
Friends, as most players can attest to—-a lot of times, it has nothing to do with tennis. It’s just about feeling good about your state of mind. And as of now, I’m in a great state!
Ich liebe Bad Gastein.
I love Bad Gastein.
Te amo Bad Gastein.
Je t’aime Bad Gastein.
Whether or not all that is grammatically correct, y’all get the gist…
With lots and lots and lots and lots of love,
From Bad Gastein
It’s not Instagram… It’s not Twitter… And not Facebook exactly.
As an athlete and worldwide traveler, it’s not easy to always post pictures and let friends know what you’re doing. Granted, there are many social media outlets to help you in that department, but Eversnap is different.
Let’s say I play a match in California. I go for a week and play a few matches, go to a few cool places, and meet some cool people… So how do I share all 60 pictures that I took, along with all the pictures my friends took? Eversnap!
I create an album, make an album code, and whoever wants to add their photo to my album, uses the code and VOILA! Your 60 pictures now become 120!
Trust me on this one. Download it.
Get on it.
music suggestions for all of you ladies and gents: Flume, Melody Gardot, and major props to Diana Krall and Sade
book suggestions: Shantaram. must read both women and gentlemen (even though some might say it’s more of a MAN’S book. ha!)
places to visit suggestions: Gracetown, margaret river, australia….montego bay, inks lake state park
foods to eat: falafel…rocket…shallots..goji berries…chia…and wheatgrass
drank to drank: pokka sports water (japanese)
restaurant to try for eat in, take out, and delivery: crust…is it only australian?
newest hobbies: postcard collector…. i’ve gotten some pretty unique ones…i’ve started doing my nails due to my constant nail biting addiction….i’ve started writing lots and lots of emails…i’ve also grown accustomed to speak on the phone. who would thought that last one…and last but not least, i’ve started studying the world map. get those geography skills above par…
Currently staying in an amazing house, in the deep woods of margaret river. i would give you directions but i guarantee you wouldn’t make it.
you have your own private beach, about a 15 min walk from the house…unlimited grapefruits and oranges, egg providing hens, and some pretty awesome views. you have the sunset in the evening, followed by the amazing array of stars at night. it’s sick.
anyway, story for the blog? how amazing is it to live away from everything? i just told my boyfriend that that’s what we need to do. i mean, at the end of the day, we need to become closer with nature, isn’t that right? i’m not trying to get religious, psycho anything here, i’m just stating the fact that we really need to be more aware of our true mother…in that whole metaphorical sense…
away from the smoke, the pollution, the crowded spaces, the sometimes irritable souls—-it’s almost like an escape. except it’s not a drug—-it’s a home. your home should be your escape, whether it’s from work, from a sport, from anything. you should make it your oasis. i guess that’s the whole reason for this blog.
i’m really enjoying myself in australia…as it should be…
Realizing more and more every day, that there really is a life after tennis.
So many gateways and opportunities are born through this sport—-but so many girls fail to take full advantage of that. Whether it’s to market yourself, or to provide yourself with something legit after tennis, too many girls are forgetting that.
I’m not saying to necessarily get an education, but heck, it’s not a bad idea. There’s a new and amazing program that the WTA Tour has provided for the girls called iLearn. They’ve teamed up with a university online to help girls finish their college and master’s degree. And guess what? It’s like 75 percent off regular price if you get a C or above.
I would really like to create a site that has all the essential up to date information for that day, to feel like you are actually up to date with your environment and world.
i get how newspapers do the whole news thing, but what i’m saying is that there are always going to be tidbits of information that the news doesn’t provide you.
i’m thinking it would be genius…because you could just get on there, and feel like, “hey, i’m really happy i know that…”
whether it’s something that is talked about at all that day, it’ll still be informational, and educational obviously. hmmm, i wonder how long it would take to write that…maybe it could be cool where it’s just an ongoing paragraph…hmmm, ideas ideas.
we use so little of our brain. anybody hear about this show about this guy that is trying to use his brain to do everything? there was a commercial about it, and in the commercial he was totally locked up with all these chains and whatnot, and was going to use his brain to get himself free……
just tried to look up the link to provide ya’ll with , but came up with this instead:
wow, i REALLY REALLY need to blog more. i don’t know why i haven’t. i think it’s the worldwide known excuse of “i just don’t have time.” to my own weak defense, i do play tennis—-a lot…and i am now trying to finish my degree online. it’s all good fun.
anyway, currently in perth australia. whooo aussie aussie oy oy oy. just started with a new coach. his name is simon which is convenient …ya know…the whole simon says game? no but seriously, that was pretty funny when i said it in my head. you get the gist.
i’m pretty excited about it. i just started sharing him with my friend irena pavlovic. yeah you can just imagine, “hey good shot ir…um…ir-ee-na.. yeah you too ir-eee-na” hah it’s pretty funny. i’m sure if you’re watching from like another court, you’d laugh. i laugh every single time.
i don’t really know if anyone ever reads this, but i don’t mind if anyone reads this. i should keep my own personal journal, but what if something happens…who’s going to publish my thoughts?!!! bahhh, anyway…i don’t want to get carried away right now. i’m just going to chill it out. i’ll put some fun pics up as well…
Follow American Irina Falconi in this Quest to Qualify player blog on her journey through Europe in preparation for French Open qualifying. Today she reflects on her singles final and prepares for Roland Garros.
Follow American Irina Falconi in this Quest to Qualify player blog on her journey through Europe in preparation for French Open qualifying. Today she celebrates her doubles runner-up finish and semifinals appearance in singles.
Wow, it’s been a year. Literally! I mean, wow I’ve been bad with keeping up with my blog. Shame on me! But alas! I am back on track! Keep a look out for some blogs from Prague!! And this year’s French! And the rest of the European tour :-)