The past weeks have been hectic, so I am more than happy to be back, writing about what I have been up to! Finishing my Bachelor thesis last week was such a big relief and even though there are a lot of things to do before I’m traveling the world, words can’t describe how happy I am right now. Studying was one of my biggest challenges in life so far and after 3 years of hard work I am glad to be finishing it soon. Results will be out in the upcoming weeks and I for sure will keep you updated! J But before I talk about my plans for next weeks and my world trip I want to share my Italy experience with you.
Day 1: Arriving in beautiful Siena
Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit the FIP European Championships in Italy with US Polo Assn. It was a remarkable experience with lots of great impressions and lovely people. But let’s start from the beginning. After a long journey from Hamburg to Siena on Friday we arrived at one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to in Italy.We stayed in a Hotel (or should I say castle?!) close to Siena and enjoyed a lovely dinner located right in the basement of the castle with lots of Italian food. What a great start into the weekend! I must admit that traveling makes me tired most of the times and after such a long day I was more than happy to catch a good night sleep in of the biggest and most comfortable beds.
Day2: My first Polo experience
The upcoming day started with a great breakfast and a fitting with US Polo Assn. I had lots of fun trying on the pieces from the recent collection of US Polo and it didn’t take long for me to find a suitable outfit for the next two days. Afterwards we went to the Villa a Sesta Polo Club right in the heart of Chianti Classico in Tuscany where the FIP European Championships were hold. We learnt a thing or two about the Polo Sport and had the chance to see the horses and players.
It was my first time watching Polo and even though I am generally very interested in sports, I must admit it was a little difficult to understand the game straight away. I didn’t know and honestly didn’t expect that this sport is so complex and that there are so many rules to follow. The first game we watched was Italy vs. Switzerland and it was great seeing everyone so passionate about the game. We spent most of the time close to the field but in the afternoon US Polo arranged a massage for us and we had time to relax by the pool. We also had to get ready for the Gala Dinner around 7 pm which was a great way to end the day. I called an early night because I knew that the upcoming day was going to be busy with the finals coming up and me traveling back home.
Day 3: Final match
Sunday morning started with a great breakfast (again) and with all our things packed we went straight to the Polo Club to watch the finals and enjoy the wonderful weather. Watching the game on such a high level did not make it any easier to follow the rules. I was simply amazed by all the power and stamina from the players and the horses. It was something I have never experienced before. The teamwork between the horses and the players plus the interaction in the team was simply breathtaking.
It was a lovely weekend and I did not want to leave to return to rainy and cold Hamburg but as all beautiful things must come to an end it was time to hit the road again. The trip truly was a very special and unique experience. If you have any questions or would like to see more from my trip to Italy head to my story highlights on Instagram (@jonnyfoe) to check out the full weekend extravaganza, comment below or send me an email. I am always happy to answer all your questions. 🙂