Editor’s Note: Junior goalkeeper Suzie Zigante has been selected to play for the Croatian National Team when they participate in the Balaton Cup Women's International Tournament in Hungary in early August. She will send a blog periodically to tell of her experience playing for her national team. This blog is about her journey to Croatia.



After too much traveling, I made it to Zagreb Croatia!


I am at my grandmother’s house right now. I didn't eat anything for 16 hours. She made me a feast! Chicken Cordon bleu, soup, salad, rice and peas, grapes, and a slice of bread. I'm getting quite spoiled.


I was very tired. I flew from Raleigh to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Paris, then Paris to Zagreb. I made it to Zagreb at around 12:30pm which is I think is 6:30 am in North Carolina time? I am not sure my mind is so brain dead from the lack of sleep and travel.


But I think the important thing to remember is when you go on a trip it's not always about where you are going and what you are supposed to do; it’s about the people you meet along the way. On my long nine-hour flight from Atlanta to Paris, I was lucky enough to sit next to a really cool lady from the Cameroon. She lives in America now, but she used to live in Cameroon as a child. She was heading there to attend her father’s funeral. She had a young daughter that she left for the first time at home with her sister. And she already wanted to return to see her, luckily she will be back in about a week.

I don't know why but people are so influential, she is going to stick in my mind for some time. It's interesting because every single person has a story to tell, an adventure they are living, and I think it's important to recognize that.

Tomorrow I start training, so you will have some soccer posts finally coming your way. I am working with the goalkeeper coach of Zagreb tomorrow, he actually trained with my dad back in the day. He coached the U17 men’s national team goalkeeper and made a video with him. I was supposed to train with him as well tomorrow, but he is busy with a tryout in Italy. When I get back from Hungary I might have the chance to train with him.