The colors of Oslo

31 10 2014

After an interesting session at Tenshinkan Aikido dojo this early morning I got plenty of time to kill before going at the Kuribayashi sensei seminar site for helping with the mats.

So I went for some walks and some tram trips using up my day card for public transport and not letting the crappy rainy weather confining me in a cafe…. At least not until now!!!

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It was good walking around places I knew pretty well in the far past and seeing the street art is still a strong ingredient of the area. Even if some changes are maybe forced upon the artistic (anarchist) minds.

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Oslo has so much to offer about street art. Since I got here, yesterday as in the summer, I felt strong feelings again for this city.

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And nature colors, in this rainy autumn day (already the end of autumn for many trees), reminded me also of too many gorgeous landscapes admired in my years in Norway. And as usual I took a walk in Vigeland park.

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Not a street artist for sure but a world respected artist.

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Soon the real winter will be here and the colors will become a blended white but when the sun will shine all man-made colors will even stronger respect to the white foreground. And Vigeland park on a winter Sunday afternoon, with snow covered paths and statues is a treat!

For now, the colors of passage reign….

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Kuribayashi sensei in Oslo

30 10 2014

Tonight I will fly to Oslo for a very exciting first time seminar of Kuribayashi sensei in Oslo, as official hombu dojo organized meeting.

I am extremely happy to meet this sensei in Europe for the first time: until now I had occasion to practice with him only at hombu dojo in Tokyo. He visits already other countries in Europe, but mainly in Russia or East Europe, places I would love to visit but not always convenient to reach (even if cost-wise, much more convenient than Norway..).

It is also a great chance to meet again many Norwegian Aikido friends (I don’t think there will be enough time to meet the non-Aikido friends!).

Thanks to a lucky coincidence I also avoid spending another night on Gardemoen floor, even if I had already prepared myself mentally ;-) but I am getting too old for this, especially for a three days seminar that might be quite demanding. There will be several very good Aikidokas on the mats and even if after I came back from Indonesia for some reasons the elbows are again painful. Funny enough for 5 days tough practice in Indonesia at over 30 degrees C I had zero troubles.. once back in the Netherlands, dang, painful again.. it must be a psychosomatic problem!! :-)

I certainly want to push myself in this seminar as well I did in Indonesia with Irie sensei, and I will do again soon in Russia (Moscow) again with Irie sensei, for a great end of the year!

But first things first.. a long awaited seminar with Kuribayashi sensei now in Oslo!





Wait and Bleed

29 10 2014

I’ve felt the hate rise up in me
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves
I wander out where you can’t see
Inside my shell, I wait and bleed

I’ve felt the hate rise up in me
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves
I wander out where you can’t see
Inside my shell, I wait and bleed

Goodbye

I wipe it off on a tile, the light is brighter this time
Everything is turning blasphemy
My eyes are red and gold, the hair is standing straight up
This is not the way I picture me

I can’t control my shakes, how the hell did I get here?
Something about this, so very wrong
I have to laugh out loud, I wish I didn’t like this
Is it a dream or a memory?

I’ve felt the hate rise up in me
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves
I wander out where you can’t see
Inside my shell, I wait and bleed

Get outta my head ’cause I don’t need this
Why didn’t I see this?
Well, I’m a victim Manchurian candidate
I have sinned by just makin’ my mind up
And takin’ your breath away

I’ve felt the hate rise up in me
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves
I wander out where you can’t see
Inside my shell, I wait and bleed

I’ve felt the hate rise up in me
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves
I wander out where you can’t see
Inside my shell, I wait and bleed

Goodbye

You haven’t learned a thing
I haven’t changed a thing
The flesh was in my bones
The pain was always free

You haven’t learned a thing
I haven’t changed a thing
The flesh was in my bones
The pain was always free

I’ve felt the hate rise up in me
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves
I wander out where you can’t see
Inside my shell I wait and bleed

I’ve felt the hate rise up in me
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves
I wander out where you can’t see
Inside my shell, I wait and bleed

And it waits for you

…I feel like this these days…

..and 1st February 2015 –> Amsterdam!!





Dead Memories

27 10 2014

Sitting in the dark, I can’t forget
Even now, I realize the time I’ll never get
Another story of the bitter pills of fate
I can’t go back again, I can’t go back again

But you asked me to love you and I did
Traded my emotions for a contract to commit
And when I got away I only got so far
The other me is dead, I hear his voice inside my head

And we were never alive and we won’t be born again
But I’ll never survive with dead memories in my heart
Dead memories in my heart
Dead memories in my heart

You told me to love you and I did
Tied my soul into a knot and got me to submit
So when I got away I only kept my scars
The other me is gone now I don’t know where I belong

And we were never alive and we won’t be born again
But I’ll never survive with dead memories in my heart
Dead memories in my heart
Dead memories in my heart
Dead memories in my heart

Dead visions in your name
Dead fingers in my veins

Dead memories in my heart
Dead memories in my heart
Dead memories in my heart
Dead memories in my heart





Here I come Bali!

13 10 2014

Ready…. And so sleepy!!

I was at the check in counter and I put on the scale the hand luggage, keeping on my back the backpack to be checked in!!!!

The woman at the counter had a good laugh!!

First time ever!!!

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Nobel in Medicine at NTNU

7 10 2014

How cannot be proud of the University of Trondheim, NTNU, where I spent several good years (and a few bad ones as well, but all helps to grow) as a student and then researcher.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 was divided, one half awarded to John O’Keefe, the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”.

The Moser couple is from NTNU: yeah!!!

Congratulations to them and to Trondheim as well!!!





Long missed from China

7 10 2014

Something long time no eat or use, I found it here in Indonesia, in the little market place close to Jerry’s house.

One is fruit as already shown yesterday but in particular the so called mangosteen:

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..still impossible to find in any market I checked so far.

As impossible it was to find moon cakes:

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But the thing that made me cry for miracles, at least inside, was what I found this morning:

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This is actually a balm from Hong Kong that has done miracles on all my semi-permanent Aikido, and not, injuries!! And that was even impossible to find it on the net!!

I might but a couple of boxes more!!








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