Benas and Stacey Veikalas Baskets Life
Thank you for reading our blog! We are Stacey and Beans Veikalas. I was born in California, raised in Colorado, and am married to Benas, a Lithuanian.
We have lived in the USA, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Sounds off the chain; does it not?
I am a wife of a professional basketball player in Europe, meaning I lay around all day and eat bon bons, lunch with the girls, and drink copious amounts of wine – while the maid cleans and cooks AHHH the life of a professional athlete’s wife … doesn’t the word princess comes to mind?
We are the proud parents of 2 boys, Tony 17, & Vincas 14 … and a German Shepherd, Duke. Tony is an aspiring Actor, and Vincas is hoping to follow in his dad’s footsteps to play pro ball one day.
For a long time, everyone in the house was a male – I was surrounded by massive amounts of testosterone, that you could actually smell when you entered our house. I was forever checking the fridge for something rotten; alas it was only man smell. Everything was a competition, even using the toilet – first, last, stinkiest, or the longest ….no really… Gross.
Then our lives changed drastically with an unexpected new addition to our family …Oh and when I say unexpected … I really mean U N E X P E C T E D! We had a beautiful daughter Amber. Now the biggest competition is who Amber decides to grace with her attention – wether it be good or bad, she definitely rules the house.
What we write about:
We write all about Expat living in, and traveling around, the USA, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, and Lithuania. When we are not learning the language, cooking huge meals, dealing with daily life of living in a foreign country, and of course basketball games, we Travel!
We will tell you all about our favorite day trips, weekend excursions, and places to eat and drink all around Europe. Currently we are in the center of Europe, in Germany which gives us access to many other amazing locations all within 3 hours! We also have a special section on summer fun – here you can follow our 3+ month adventures every summer as we find a new country to explore during off-season.
Well, many years ago, I met Benas, tall blonde and HOT; like you could wash your clothes on his stomach hot. Oh and young. HEY don’t judge – he was over 18. (ok barely) He literally threw himself in front of my car to get my attention – I think it was the 500Sl convertible he was after, but who am I to judge.
He convinced me to go out with him, after lying about his age – he told me he was 26. On our first date, he told me that he would soon get a contract to play professional ball. In his sexy European accent (think Arnold) he would take me to Europe, to live a “Fabulous Basketball life!”
Blah Blah Blah right – he just wanted to get in my pants – he was cougar hunting! But hey, who was I to crush his life long dreams of bagging an American cougar in a benz? I am many things, but a dream crusher, I am not ~ so I went with it!
Where we are now?
13 years, and after visiting 47 countries later, I am still following him around world! We have lived in 6 different countries, and currently, we are in Göttingen, Germany.
Ok I had some hesitations, you know like, selling everything I owned. Closing up my very profitable mortgage company, and leaving behind everything that I knew. You can imagine what my friends and family said to me … I think the words CRAZY & DRUNK came up more than once!
So … This is our story of moving across the world to be with the man we love, and the things we have learned along the way! Since our life revolves totally around basketball, I always call it…. Yep you got it “Baskets Life”. If anything we have learned can help you, inspire you, cause you to drink … or just entertain you, then my blog will be all worth while! Thank you for reading and Please enjoy our crazy Baskets Life!