The seed

The seed is planted. Passion is the most important thing to start with anything. Whatever you like you can start it. As long as there is passion. Almost in anything that you do the word passion comes back.

I have passion not only for the sport but for everything concerning the sport as well. Meaning I like to eat healthy, take care of my body, take care of everything because I have passion for fencing.

This beautiful sport is underrated in my eyes and by some seen in a very negative daylight. People tend to see this as one of those rich man sports and look down upon it. While in reality this sport is dangerous and you need to act very fast to make a good match. When you are ‘slow’, slow in speed and slow in mind then you will never win and you will never enjoy it. Then of course it’s easy to talk bad about a beautiful sport as fencing.


The step

Like I mentioned before I like to be well prepared and always a couple steps ahead of the game, which is fencing all about. First thing I did was go online and search for the best expat medical insurance. This is a sport, but still sports can be dangerous. I want to be prepared and as this is not my mother country I need to have a good insurance that covers me.

SUZHOU, CHINA - APRIL 15:  Pablo Larrazabal of Spain looks for a lost ball on the 18th hole during the Round One of the Volvo China Open on April 15, 2010 in Suzhou, China.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

Hard choices

If you ever played golf you know the feeling of losing or having a bad swing. Whenever this happens you have two hard choices. Either you choose to get yourself together and don’t show you are upset or you can go all out and swear and show your frustrations.


Social life

My social life here is exceptional good. I truly enjoy being surrounded by the people here. I’m meeting many people, and they are all so kind to me. They took me to several restaurants and it is very interesting to eat their local food.

One of these dishes is Piroshki. It’s some sort of bread together with meat in there and cheese. But it’s crazy interesting. I have never thought they had so many different kind of dishes over here, which is a shame actually.