After the European Championship, I had great
vacations, almost 2 months. This time I spent between France
and Moscow. Managed to have a rest, to see family and friends.
A week ago I flew to Istanbul. Who else does not
know, this season I'll be playing for Turkish club "Besiktas".
The team accepted me very warmly. The Turks are very hospitable
and open people. I immediately met with his counterparts on
the team and the leadership of the club.
The coach of my team is Italian, we had also played
several times against each other. Last season he coached the
Italian team "Schio" which we beat in the eighth playoff
With some employees of the club and players,
I was visually familiar, we met when we played against each
other in the national teams. I like the friendly atmosphere
in the team and the willingness of Turkish women to help me
adapt as quickly as possible.
Now we are mainly engaged in athletic and strength
training, the three American women have played in the NBA and
will arrive in October. By training, I started after a complete
medical examination. "Besiktas", as a professional
club, working closely with one of the best hospitals in
Istanbul. To be honest, I did not think that Turkish hospitals
were so well-equipped medical facilities. There are many
good doctors, reigns clean and tidy.
I really like in Istanbul. Here, great weather
- 30-35 degrees and the sun shines every day. I settled
into one of the most prestigious residences of the park and
a huge swimming pool, where I spend most of my free time. Maybe
that's why I continue to think that I'm on vacation, in spite
of hard training. In Istanbul, a very interesting life. For
a week stay here I have had time to visit a football match Turkey-Kazakhstan
and the concert Jamiroquai.
On the football match Turkey 2-1 Kazakhstan 0
in favor of Turkey, I really liked this match on heat, there
were many bright moments. It should be noted that the fans always
sing and wholeheartedly support their team. By the way, the
fans, "Besiktas" are the loudest fans in Turkey. I
hope that the rest of our team will play at the same high level
and win the European Championship
I was lucky that the players from my team speak
in English, so we can communicate freely. The Turkish language
is very complicated, some people in shops and restaurants do
not speak English, so I'm always the Russian-Turkish phrasebook
with which I am trying to explain. While I know about 10 words
in Turkish, and I hope that by the end of the season I can speak
Now Lithuania is the place of man's European Championships,
which I carefully watch. Unfortunately, the Russian national
team game almost did not show in TurkeyTV, but I know scores
over the Internet and sincerely happy for the success of our
guys. I hope that the rest of our team will play at the same
high level and win the European Championship!