Celeste chooses Foppapredetti Bergamo

Next season, for the first time in my life, I’m going to play in a foreign league, namely with Bergamo in Italy. I say next season because that still sound far away, but it actually means that I’m already leaving next week.

My intuition was right all along
How did I end up at Bergamo? Well, my volleyball agent showed me a list of clubs who were interested in me. I took a look at them and for some reason my finger pointed directly to Foppapredetti Bergamo. At this point I didn’t know anything about the club. Ofcourse I also was realistic: what do I need the next few years to become a good player? A good trainer and a safe club were the most important aspects for me. After asking around and crossing names of the list, I actually ended up at Bergamo. Awesome that my intuition was right all along. I’m really looking forward to learning Italian and getting to know the culture. I have to be careful though not to adjust too much to the food culture, or else I won’t fit into the airplane seat when I go back to Holland. 😉

Italian traditions
The most exciting part for me is to to see if I play well enough for the Bergamo team. I hope I can deliver! It’s weird, because I never felt like this before, fortunately everyone is telling me that it’s gonna be okay. My team mates from the Dutch National team are a great support, I can ask them anything about playing overseas. They already told me what to expect about the culture and traditions within a professional Italian club. One thing I already learned is that you DON’T cut up your spaghetti, you’re not gonna make a great impression with that, haha. What I also heard is that you’re not supposed to walk the street with wet hair. OMG, I do that all the time! I am really proud of my hair, so I treat it very well by washing it daily. If I can’t go outside, after I just washed it, I have a huge problem! I don’t have the time to blowdry it every day, you know!

Well guys, please wish me luck in Italy! If you have any tips about the Italian culture or what places I should definitely visit, please let me know. If you want to stay updated about my adventures in Italy, please follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

XO Celeste

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  1. Suzan

    Lieve Celeste,

    Heel erg veel succes en vooral veel plezier in Italië. Ik heb alle vertrouwen in je. Je bent een geweldige speelster en ik bewonder je heel erg. Ik ben je grootste fan!

    You can do this 🙂

    Groetjes uit Utrecht

    • Laura

      Lief van je Suzanne!! We geven het door aan Celeste!

      X Laura

  2. Annelore

    Wat super! Over een paar jaar kijk je hier hopelijk met een goed gevoel over terug, ervaring krijg je met de jaren!
    Veel plezier en geniet ervan, de tijd gaat altijd sneller dan je denkt 😉

    • Anna

      Dankjewel Annelore! We geven het door aan Celeste! Liefs Anna

  3. Celeste Plak

    Hee Suzan en Annelore,
    bedankt voor jullie lieve berichtjes!
    Hier vanuit het zonnige Italië heb ik het erg naar mijn zin. Leuke mensen en goed volleybal. Ik heb nog niet met nat haar over straat gelopen (zie 3e alinea), dus hopen dat de mensen dan nog zo leuk blijven haha.

    Tot ziens!

    Dikke knuffel Celeste