We spent 12 days in Siena, Italy. They really know how to milk
Il Palio. That's a horse race. A horse race contested over dirt packed
upon cobblestone in a town square that dates back to medieval times.
Back then the horse race was really dangerous. These days the jockeys
are merely allowed to ram their horses into each other when they
aren't hitting each other with their whips. One other thing about
jockeys: sometimes they take payoffs and don't try so hard for the
district of Siena they are supposed to be representing. Don't judge.
They've been doing it this way forever. It is life, it is luck. They
seem to have it down. And they care a great deal for the
result, even if it is luck. Many tears were shed for winning and for
losing. We tried to stay impartial. But couldn't. Not when the people
of the Unicorn district gave us free pasta and wine. And I don't even
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