Irie sensei in Dublin

13 04 2014

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A wonderful seminar for my first visit in Dublin has now got to the end.

Great time especially with my good fiend Jerry from Indonesia, that I will visit in October for Irie sensei seminar there:

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We had a great time on and off the mats!!

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Dublin off the mats

12 04 2014

I will stay in Dublin about 3.5 days all together, of which 3 for Aikido practice with my favorite teacher, Irie sensei. I will not have much time off the mats for exploring Dublin, and in truth, I could only wish to have less time and practice more with sensei, since it was too long since last time (Japan, June 2013) and long way to next time (Indonesia, October 2014).

But here and there I will capture some glimpses of this nice city that I hope I will manage to visit again and explore more!

This is just a first taste…

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Flying to Dublin

12 04 2014

(That was of course yesterday!!)
Leaving behind Dutch coast:

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And then English coast:

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I finally got to the green Irish land:

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With a so typical sky (or at least what I would expect, first time here):

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And the plane parked with all it’s. “little” green friends:

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Berlin 4:24am

5 04 2014

What a surprise, the train was not only on time but it was earlier…. Ze Germans!!! So “lucky” I am!!

“Some” time to kill before heading to the dojo for practice with Jorma Lyly, 6.dan, and meet quite a few of good friends…

Little breakfast now, more coffee soon waiting for Starbucks to open :-)

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Together with the first German coffee also one of the several books taken from Utrecht library: Yukio Mishima, another Japanese author that I think will start following me more in my trips…. Waiting to see when/if Murakami will publish something new….

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Utrecht, Netherlands

9 02 2014

It has been now a little more than three months since I have moved to the Netherlands for my new work here. In this period I also had a one week training trip, with my new colleagues, to Seattle, at the company headquarters. A lot of first times in little… time. I have not been very good at updating lately but still I got no plans to abandon this little personal blog.

Plans is a big word for me though! Lately, the “plans” did not work out exactly as.. planned!!

As for last September I moved back to Europe. I will write more about this in the future, but among the different reasons that people might try to guess the only thing sure is that I did not move back because I did not like China!!! As a matter of fact I still miss extremely much my life style in China and the friends over there (Hong Kong and Taiwan included).

This return to Europe has not been easy. As I have been fast in enjoying and getting use to the life in China I had expected that getting myself re-acquainted to the European life style would have been easy. I was wrong. More than 5 months back and I still do not feel “home” for several aspects. Without going too much in details now, I admit I did not expect the Netherlands to be so expensive. After many years in Norway, basically 80% of my working life there, you get the idea that the rest of Europe is much less expensive than Scandinavia. Then, China of course gave me a completely new dimension about life and costs. I can’t say I was too much used about Chinese life, but, before moving to Utrecht, I had asked my friends in Italy about their typical expenses in terms of house rent and everyday stuff, people living in medium large cities.. but Utrecht turned out to be different, to be as expensive as, in comparison, large Italian cities. It is the first time that the rent of the tiny place where I live takes an extremely high part off my salary, and translating in RMB the rest I make more or less the same amount of money I was making in China!

I expect that when I know better the city I will manage to find the cheaper spots for both shopping and out life. Unfortunately lately I do not have much motivation to go out and explore. I am just interested in getting good at the new job and learn more about the medical industry my work relates to. And see what kind of doors this new experience will open for me.

On the other hand, being back let me meeting again lots of Aikido friends and Aikido instructors I really missed when in China. As people that know me can imagine, Aikido was of course among the reasons that favourite a return to Europe. Here in Utrecht I have joined a club where I feel my Aikido fits the best (after trying for another one first). The style (of both clubs where I have been trying actually) is the one defined by Ikeda Masatomi sensei, 池田昌富, an extremely structured Aikido with a lot of variations of techniques. I cannot say it is anywhere close to any of my teachers’ styles, but in the club I joined now there is more work on the contact and not an obsessive attack by uke resulting in a struggle where tori had basically no way out except.. kicking his/her partner in the nuts! And the people here has at least tried to meet other teachers in their Aikido life, outside from their own style. It is so easy to say to have an open mind, much more difficult to have it!

At least, when at best, now I can have again 3 session of practice in the weekdays and a better feeling of fitting in a “foreign” style. And then travel somewhere in the weekend ;-) A good Aikido friend told me about Yasuno sensei‘s words:

…in any case never give up your practice; in case you should not enjoy the keiko because you can’t train techniques as you like, nobody will never prevent you to train your ukemi like you want

Now it is Sunday, one of those few I am spending in Utrecht (no Aikido and no trip to Germany to visit 潘蕾) and finding the time to see a little around, check out some shops (open on Sundays is good, because they usually close before I get back from work!), have a walk in the centre and some time to tidy my place, before a few weekends of travelling!

So, a delayed happy new year and good luck to all of us for 2014!

Resolutions, predictions and 2013 wrap up will come later! With more words from my little world! :-)

Utrecht

a cloudy afternoon





Eagle!!!!

13 11 2013

Walking back from the company to the hotel using a track in the woods I could admire two eagles sitting on tree branches 20 meters or so apart.

It look like they were talking to each other, majestic birds, immediately recognized by the shape, but at the same time surprised and uncertain to see them at such a low altitude.

Then a chat with a couple of locals that has stopped to take pictures confirmed my first thoughts.

Mobile picture is bad, but later I’ll post a few better ones….

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Definitively in the US!!

11 11 2013

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Jesus knows all about my sins, says the flier I found in a toilet at Seattle Tacoma airport..

Very American, but it could be Russian as well since being gay is considered a sin, as drunkenness, playing with the occult (!), filthy talk, witchcraft and stubbornness!!!!

Priceless!!








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