Family Journal: Saturday, November 13

I had a really nice autumn Saturday! As I am getting older, I appreciate the smaller things in life and my highlight was cooking breakfast for my son Oliver. I made my specialty, bacon and eggs. He has a soccer tournament this weekend and GAMEDAY in the Kralovec house is always a special event. My parents used to make us a hearty breakfast on the day we had a game. I continue that tradition. Oliver’s friend Hugo slept over. It was appropriate that the USA versus Mexico World Cup Qualifying match was on ESPN and the USA won 2-0. Oliver’s team lost 1-2 in the semifinals this morning and will be playing in the third-place game tomorrow. Unfortunately, I was interviewing teacher candidates for a job fair during the game and missed it. Ocean and I did watch the girls soccer game. Tomorrow, I’ll post plenty of videos and photos of Oliver’s game. This is the final tourney of the season as there are no international tournaments this year due to COVID. We are fortunate to play interscholastic sports however within the city, which has been awesome!

Late Autumn on the Ankhor Canal

I went for my first bike ride in Tashkent since I was struck by a car in June. I rode along the canals because I promised Nadia I would not ride in the city streets anymore. Did 14 kilometers up and down the canal which felt great. As you can see, winter is coming and much of the leaves have fallen. It is supposed to snow on Thursday. On my walk Thursday night with Obi, I saw that the Istiquol Palace was lit up and there was a concert or something going on inside. I love the Soviet brutalist architecture and hope city officials preserve these unusual buildings.

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