We just got back from our Ultimate Argentina trip in Buenos Aires to experience the Argentinian football culture the local way. Meet Stijn de Ruyck, who joined us in Buenos Aires to tick off probably the biggest trip on his football bucket list!
Here’s his story:
1. Can you tell us something about yourself?
I live in Brussels and work for a Media Agency as Deputy Audiovisual Manager. On the professional side, I work with TV commercials and marketing. Apart from that, I travel as much as possible, mostly city trips are on my list. Doing a city trip and watching a football match is for me the ideal combination. This is why I like the Homefans trips. I’m also a goalkeeper at Anderlecht futsal Peterbos. We play in the 3rd division of the national Liga for futsal in Belgium.
2. Which trips are still on your bucket list?
I missed the Belgrade trip last summer because the match was rescheduled. I still want to visit the Belgrade Derby, apart from that I’d also love to go to Brasil to experience football there. Many clubs in Sao Paulo (Santos, Palmeiras, FC Sao Paolo, Corinthians…) all have their own football culture. The Brazilian ambiance and lifestyle is also very unique and definitely worth visiting. In Europe I still want to visit Union Berlin this season and a couple of games in the Serie A (Napoli, Juve, Roma.)
3. You traveled with us to Argentina this month. Why did you choose to travel with us to Argentina?
As a little kid, I always had this weak spot for South American countries, especially Argentina with legends like Maradona, Caniggia, Batistuta, Veron, Riquelme, Martin Palermo and now Lionel Messi. And about ten years ago I saw a documentary on a Dutch television show about Boca Juniors and La Bombonera. After this documentary, I made myself a promise to go to Buenos Aires and attend a Boca Juniors match in La Bombonera.
4. What is the reason why you like to travel with Homefans?
The offering of Homefans is very broad and detailed, but especially the trips and experiences they offer are unique. The personal touch, input from locals, stadium tours and knowhow of the clubs. The groups are not too big, so you get the chance to learn about everyone on the trip.
Stijn de Ruyck