Delay delay delay

16 01 2015

Flight to Oslo scheduled at 21:30 it got now a constantly increasing delay:


More than 2 hours: this means losing the great chance to sleep on a bed tonight but when/if I’ll arrive in Gardemoen I have to find my usual sleeping corner (this time though without blanket, but got warm clothes… and 2 keikogi jackets!).

More worrying is the increasing delay and nobody at the gate with hints of explanation (technical or weather troubles?). Great Dutch service!

Tomorrow practice also will be quite bad. I’m so tired already! If I could get the money back I’d probably turn around and go home… But not a possibility unless the flight gets cancelled…

Let’s see…….

UPDATE – a little treat with the “compliments” of Norwegian:


Unfortunately for most of the people here it is little consolation: the flight will land after the last train and bus to the city have left…

First Aikido seminar of 2015

10 01 2015

First trip for 2015 for Jorma Lyly sensei: about this time (5 am) I should get on the train from Amsterdam to Bremen, after a night spent in the city (bars with friends followed by, most probably, a long boring time sitting on the station floor and trying to read and not falling asleep..).

I certainly hope to not have missed the train ;-)

If I am on the train I should get to Bremen around 9 am and then be able to join the full seminar (other later trains from Utrecht would have delivered me there too late for the first session). On the other hand, I will probably be devastated! Good for the night I’ll be sleeping on the mats, with my precious IKEA blanket, actually defined as “throw” on IKEA catalog: yes, if you wonder I am taller than 170 cm, but since usually it is quite cold I assume a fetal (not fatal) position, to be warmer!

Anyway, as last year I am starting the Aikido in 2015 with Jorma followed by Marc in Norway next weekend.. Not bad at all!!

A warm corner

11 12 2014

For my first night at Schipol airport, terminal 1, I am sitting with my back against a radiator. Quite a change from the freezing nights at Gardemoen! The floor is cold yeah, but the radiators are pleasant.


Only negative note is the nut job “sleeping” a couple of meters only side, snoring in the best traditions of Chinese night trains and unfortunately also talking in his sleep!!!

I was used to a completely different kind of sleep talking, even I’m the night we had on Gardemoen floor… but she is not here… and I will not hear that talk anymore…

I’ll try to stay here a couple of hours, reading. I set up anyway a couple of alarms, to be sure! Got also a can of the best ginger beer ever: no alcohol and it is like chewing ginger roots!!


On my way to Moscow!

10 12 2014

Last seminar of the year and last long trip for this year as well: from tomorrow I will be in Moscow for Irie sensei seminar. First time in Moscow for Aikido, (been there twice for work) but I have met several times lots of really good Russian aikidokas around Europe.

Early flight on Thursday, 7 am from Schipol, as for my previous trip to Norway for Kuribayashi sensei seminar, but instead of biking to the station before 4 am and taking an extremely early train to the airport, this time I will leave home late night tonight, and spend the night at Schipol airport. The main reason is the luggage, that I can’t carry on the bike and there are no buses so early in the morning to Utrecht station. Also I think it is the first time I spend a night at Schipol airport! Quite amazing it is still missing from my large list (I will publish it soon) of airports where I slept/spent a night on the floors.. :-) (and in one occasion with extremely sweet company that made the night shorter and warmer, for me at least).

Third time this year I manage to practice with Irie sensei: every time though I feel I am worse and I have much more to learn, but the chances to practice with him will remain limited for me. Unfortunately this will add some problems to my new year search of a new dojo, here in Utrecht or in Amsterdam, if finally I decide to go and live there. In Amsterdam I got more options of Aikido I do understand and enjoy better, than what it is offered here in Utrecht.

The time of this seminar is also quite good given that in the past few days my mind has been extremely busy and negative for different reasons. I can finally connect again to what I need and miss: good Aikido and much practice. Intensive practice. And it is great to see some good friend. A break from the “local” air (even if the thoughts are not so geographically local). And the cold temperature can help to freeze my poor brain so maybe it lasts longer! :-)

I am happy also to see again Moscow: now I have to decide if taking the medium good camera or just trust the mobile phone..

Given I still have to upload the pictures from Indonesia, many friends would think I am not interested in photography anymore..

Do not despair, have trust! It is just a.. busy period..

Have a great weekend all of you out there.. but I will post some from Moscow for sure.. if I will have some remnant energy after practice!!

PS – after this trip I will cut my hairs very short. About time but too cold for doing it before Moscow!!!

Pictures from Kuribayashi sensei seminar!

2 12 2014

Oslo Aikido club published a short report linked to some of the pictures taken during the seminar.

group picture

I am very happy that for once there are also pictures of me with sensei, not the after practice ones that I do not take anymore (more important for people from their own dojos, a sort of good advertisement).

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Friendship Aikido weekend

28 11 2014

With the thoughts to Endo sensei for a fast healing from his pains and recovery from chemotherapy, here I am on the way to Vienna for the weekend Aikido seminar run by several different teachers, all close students of Endo sensei.


It will be a super occasion for great Aikido and as every year, for meeting and practicing with several friends.

Have a great weekend folks!!!

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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