Peppermint Polo – Leipzig, Germany

It’s hard to know where to begin with writing about the Peppermint Polo Tournament in Leipzig last weekend. For the most part, I’ll let the pictures tell the story. But I’ll just say that despite 27 STRAIGHT HOURS OF COLD RAIN, it was still one of the best organized and most fun tournaments I’ve been too. Leipzig Polo was really on top of things, and put in a lot of time, effort, and planning to make the tournament awesome. Even though it rained for 27 hours, and never broke 10 C (50 F) all weekend (and it’s May people. MAY), it was still a blast. I’ll be honest that the party Saturday night made it all worth it.

Thanks Petra and Nele (Team Lady Power!!) for being great teammates, and for being more than happy to not qualify for the Sunday bracket, and to instead stay dry (ish), drink beer, and try to get warm.

Oh and I won a prize (I am wearing the t-shirt as we speak… I mean as I write) for travelling the furthest distance to the tournament.  40,000 km and counting! I knew this whole fellowship thing would pay off sometime… : )

Oh look. A nice polo day, on a nice court, with NO RAIN.
Oh look. A nice polo day, on a nice court, with NO RAIN.
And there was a half-time roller-hockey game!
And there was a half-time roller-hockey game!
And the tournament might as well have been in Poland, because every other person there was from Warsaw or Krakow.
The tournament might as well have been in Poland, because every other person there was from Warsaw or Krakow.
And then the rain started. And it never stopped.
And then the rain started. And it never stopped.
So people had to do this after every game all weekend.
So people had to do this after every game all weekend.
But it was all cool because on Saturday night we had a big party - knife fights included.
But it was all cool because on Saturday night we had a big party – knife fights included.
including the BEST DJ OF ALL TIME. Srsly this DJ was amazing. Just check out his bike-DJ set-up, and his telephone instead of headphones. Baller 9000.
The party included the BEST DJ OF ALL TIME. Srsly this DJ was amazing. Just check out his bike-DJ set-up, and his telephone instead of headphones. Baller 9000.
When we woke up the next morning, it was still raining.
When we woke up the next morning, it was still raining.
Some of us had our weekly Sunday religious experience, of gathering around a heat lamp, and praising its warmth.
Some of us had our weekly Sunday religious experience, of gathering around a heat lamp, and praising its warmth.
Other people had more creative approaches to the rain.
Other people had more creative approaches to the rain.

Step 1. Put your small tent inside the larger tent.

Step 2. Since all your clothes are already soaking wet, cover your jhorts in plastic bags, and then duck tape it all together.

Step 3. Stand inside and watch the bracket and live streams of the Midwest Qualifiers, where it looks warm and dry. Collectively complain about how much North America sucks for having nice weather at a polo tournament.

Give out a trophy containing 20 small bottles of liquor.
Give out a trophy containing 20 small bottles of liquor.

Thanks Leipzig for a great weekend!

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