By: Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat
Our first ever blog post! (yay) We are hoping you are all stoked to read about our travel to Argentina for the FIVB World Tour Grand Slam Corrientes.
"We" are Brooke Sweat (originally from Ft Meyers, Fla.) and Jennifer Fopma (Long Beach, Calif.). We both now live in Orange County, Calif. so we can train daily with our coach, Jeff Conover, you may know him as the coach for the 2012 London Olympic Silver Medalists April Ross and Jen Kessy!
Since Corrientes is a new stop on the FIVB World Tour, we were unable to get our usual advice on what to pack from veteran players (China-bring all your own food, Switzerland-bring lots of rain gear). So we are packing blind, which means both of our checked bags will be over 50lbs & our first 30 minutes at the airport will be spent rearranging everything to fit the limit (This actually happens almost every time we travel).
We will definitely be bringing our huge appetites to Corrientes, because Argentina boasts some of the best meat in the world and if you know us at all...that is right up our alley!
Our hope with this mini-blog is to share a player’s perspective of traveling the world and show you what international tournaments and competition are like. Be ready to see the non-glamorous side of traveling and beach volleyball though, we are not in first-class on planes, we don't get to stay in 5-Star hotels, but we can probably tell you where every McDonalds is in every country! (Oreo McFlurries do NOT taste the same in every country though!)
Despite all that, there is something so special about putting on that USA jersey and competing against the rest of the world. We are lucky! Our next post will be from Argentina...Wish us luck!
-Brooke & Jen