Well here we are, already a couple weeks into my Italian adventures, and I can confidently conclude that no matter where one goes in the world, all you have to do is find the local rugby club and you will be surrounded by fun and like-minded people. Rugby truly draws a specific type of person…. a unique lifestyle and culture that transcends language and location. This weekend we hosted a 7s tourney and entered two teams…I’d say it went well seeing as both teams went undefeated on the day so we ended up playing against ourselves in the championship. In case anyone had any doubts about how small the rugby world is, at the end of the day one of the refs introduced himself to me and said that last fall he was in Santa Barbara helping coach the UCSB girls and did I know them? Well of course I said, they’re in our league! What are the chances that someone would be reffing me in Italy after having coached against me in California?? Pretty high, apparently.
My days basically consist of gym and/or jogging and/or practice, hanging out at our clubhouse (the club has several mens and women’s teams under its umbrella so there are always a bunch of people going in and out of the bar/restaurant by the field.) I am getting familiar with my new little city of Colorno; I try to run on a different street each time to learn my way around. The other day I turned off the main road onto a small bike path and was thinking to myself how pretty all of the violet wildflowers looked in the fields on either side of me, when all the sudden everything started fluttering and I realized that I was actually surrounded by thousands of purple butterflies. That might be the most magical thing that has happened to me since the time at Burning Man when a stranger (possibly a fairy…) came up to me out of nowhere, put a crystal in my hand, and said “Never stop shining honey. You’re beautiful!” before disappearing forever into the massive crowd of people. Similar magic.
Anywhoo, our first 15s scrimmage is next weekend so I am hoping for the best! My team was just promoted from Series 1B to Series 1A (the equivalent of going from D1 to WPL in the USA) so everyone has pretty high hopes but we definitely have our work cut out for us. Everyone says this season will be challenging but it seems like we have a pretty good group of girls who definitely work hard so I am looking forward to the start of our league games on October 14!