Norwegian Airlines nightmare!

29 08 2016

I spent the past weekend in Amsterdam, having a good time thanks the local friends, but unfortunately I missed an awaited seminar in Stavanger because of a chain of unfortunate events..

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding, and we apologies for the delay and any inconvenience

… that is what the captain of my Friday afternoon flight to Oslo by Norwegian Airlines kept repeating from about 15 minutes past the scheduled time of departure until the moment all the passengers were disembarked and taken to the departure hall by buses..

What else could we do besides accepting, trying to smile or joke, and be led around like sheep without any kind of control or power of decision? Read the rest of this entry »





Holidays are over!

19 08 2016

Holidays, as in the Dutch “summer” days without Aikido trips! In a way I took holidays from my practice trips (keeping a couple of weekly Aikido sessions in Amsterdam though).

Best way to start the new season is of course with the aiki-wizard, Jorma Lyly sensei, and a trip to Germany, Duisburg, after really a long time I did not go to the neighbor land.

taking ukemi for Jorma Lyly sensei

I had time this summer to practice and explore a little as teacher also in Amsterdam dojo: the Aikido I used to follow (Endo sensei Aikido) and see how it can fit with the Aikido I try to improve now (Irie sensei, and Tom sensei teachings, with the two schools Tissier-Yasuno).

My research in Aikido (and in myself) is far from being over and I am actually quite happy that the Aikido travels start again, since I also miss a lot the people that help me in the task to find my way, and understand myself.. or try at least.

I’m soon getting on the train to Germany (not flying of course) but I got positive inspiring feelings from the shot below..

Flying in the sunset

..and I miss writing in this blog even if it has lost a lot its initial purpose.. but I am not stop dreaming of Asia, and of Aikido and of.. else!

Have a great weekend folks!





My baby is home

22 05 2016

After 6 years and a couple of months I could hold again my baby, and it gave me goosebumps:

my dragonfly iaito


For some time we lost contact and even she seemed lost, but then my dear friend Bob found the case and other bits of my Iaido past:

scabbards and iaito kit


Holding her in my hands was fantastic and I can only dream the time I can “dance” with her again… It requires some good weather for going outside.. therefore, being in the Netherlands, lots of prayers!

But she is home, and that is important!





On the Aikido road

24 04 2016

Sunday morning, on the bus that was taking me to the last session of a very good Aiki-wizard Jorma Lyly seminar in Trondheim, I suddenly realized a strange fact: since I left Stavanger (April 2010) I have never attended an Aikido seminar in the same city  where I have been living at the time…

I have been on the road for a really long time (ok, mostly flying!)..

my "Lost Highway"

my “Lost Highway”

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Snails…elicious!!

6 04 2016

Sea shells, sea snails, sea.. alls! Not only amazing fruits in Vietnam, but also the offers from the sea have special flavors! Es-specially good ones!

Food in Vietnam
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Happy Easter!!

26 03 2016

Also to this lamb that will not end up in an oven!!

a lamb in the car





Biking in the storm

4 03 2016

First real Amsterdam Dutch weather rain bike experience since moved here: freezing big rain drops falling into my eyes, finding the entrance over the space of the glasses, anyway covered in water and becoming foggy at every change of slope (minimal but still there).

Biking in the storm

Biking in the storm

Exactly what I was hoping to not happen: tonight I will leave to Vietnam, directed to Ho Chi Minh city, where the  weather is reasonably different and I do not want to wear any heavy clothes/shoes.. not for the short trip from home to Schiphol!

But the freezing rain this morning (and the fact that my cheap “summer” shoes have some holes into the soles) might change my mind about the clothing choice for the trip to the airport!

These are the Netherlands though: I can try to cross the finger and hope really really really strong in some weather changes before tonight!! Even though the cloudy sky is not a good omen!!

(btw, right now it is .. snowing!!)








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