The latest chapter in my travels started months ago at a Polo match in upstate New York.
A dear friend who hosts polo matches around the world called British Polo Day (BPD) had invited me to his U.S. event held about 90 minutes outside of New York City. It was early summer 2019, and the temperature was a warm 78 degrees with the sun brightly shining. I love attending British events because everyone is dressed so smart and proper—men in their linen vests and jackets, ladies in sundresses and elegant hats. It's the perfect opportunity to get dolled up.
Before the start of the big match, attendees gathered for lunch beneath a large white tent. Here, the posh dining tables were adorned with elaborate flower arrangements, and place cards indicated where guests were to sit. The setting and ambiance were nicer than most weddings I’ve attended. We all sat down to eat, and after the plates were cleared, a live auction commenced to raise money for a local charity that helped children in need by providing therapy horses.
One of the first items up for bid was a trip to Sumba Island in Indonesia to stay at the Nihi Resort, the site of the upcoming Indonesian BPD, and as I recalled, this resort was voted Travel & Leisure magazine’s #1 Hotel in the WORLD. So, I paid attention as the bidding started and attendees got their paddles warmed up. When it seemed that the last person had bid, I raised my paddle into the air to outbid the previous high bidder. The auctioneer called out my bid. “Going once, going twice…” and then the previous high bidder held up her paddle to bid again. Not wanting to get into a bidding war, I put my paddle down as the auctioneer called out once again, “Going once, going twice…SOLD to the fine lady at the back of the room. “Oh well,” I thought. But then, out of nowhere, a man jumped up in the room, looked at me and shouted, “Let’s sell two stays at the resort! Hey, it’s for charity!” Evidently, he was the owner of the resort and informed me that I could be the second winner of the auction. Six months later, off to Bali I went with one of my best friends in tow. (Continued in comments) 📸 @childsphotos @nihisumba