My name is Christy Swagerty, but I only really respond to my family nickname, "Swags."

The "What Up, Swags?!" journey began when I left California in 2011 to chase my dream of playing volleyball professionally overseas. I was signed to a team in Belgium, then moved to play in France for four years, and we have been in Germany since 2015!

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Christmas Markets in Germany!

My American husband, Marc Vilas, and I love our expat life, learning languages, trying new foods, and traveling as much as we can, both together (as "SwagVil") and on solo adventures.

SwagVil in Madrid!
The presence of sport in our lives has granted us unique opportunities to see the world and we are so thankful to share our experiences with all of you.

Originally a journalism major, sports drew me away to a B.A. in Physical Education & Kinesiology with a minor in Communication. Marc has his B.A. in History. We married in August of 2008, and coached around California until we moved to Europe in 2011. We both earned our M.A. degrees in Coaching & Athletic Administration in 2012. Marc has his German C Basketball Trainer License.
I earned my German C Volleyball Trainer License in 2017, and completed the next level of the B Trainer License in 2019.

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  1. So glad I found your blog! Your prose is entertaining, easy to read, humorous, and yet I like how insightful you can be also. I've been commenting and doodling (aka, stalking) on your posts intermittently all morning and plan to keep it up! ;)

  2. now I have read your story-good for you.

  3. Congratulations on landing the job of your dreams :-) Can't wait to look more into your adventures!


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