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New routines – think smart

In the 45 days I stayed at the temple I got a new routines like meditation, yoga, supplements, diet , walking a lot and low-stress lifestyle, which I really need to keep going.

It’s so easy to implement new habits and routines, while living in a protected world like the temple, where everything is based on having these healthy habits. Sticking to them outside in the real world is a challenge.

Practically  it’s challenging since I’ve got a steady place to live yet here in Sydney. Therefore every day is filled with a massive amount of new impressions, new people and using a lot of the time on the process of getting settled. Keeping up the new routines will be a lot easier when I get a steady place, where I’ve my stuff around me and easy to access. Until then I just have to do the best I can.

The easiest thing to do is the supplements and the food (here in Bondi there are healthy food stores all over the place). The yoga has become the greatest challenge since I need space and peaceful surroundings, but now I’ve a mat so on dry days I can go to the roof of the hostel or the beach to practice. The meditation has been a challenge, but this morning I went for a walk in the rain and put on my theta wave music – that worked wonders – just like using it in the evening just before bed time.

When I get my “own” space (probably a shared flat or a room) – my morning routine takes about 1 hour beside breakfast and personal stuff. Yes I’ll have to get up early in general, but that is not a problem for me.  I need access to a good kitchen, refrigerator, live close to organic stores, hot water washer, not waste too much time on transportation and be able to get early to bed (quiet place). I really hope to live in walking distance to the school maybe 15-20 minutes so I’ve some walking Incorporated in my day. Why do it the hard way if you can do it the smart way ;).

I don’t know about you guys but it’s possible, but it takes effort and smart thinking. Getting as much as possible incorperated in the daily routine so it also frees time to the fun stuff 🙂

I know I’ve to do this because the benefits make a huge difference in my life and I might actually get a life free of any symptoms from my dyspraxia. Again it’s about smart thinking and long term thinking in this case long term isn’t that long since I already experiences a huge difference from before I stayed at the temple. 🙂

Later on I can add more like trigger point and starting studying in the evening beside work but first I’ve to make the foundation for my new life work. It’s like building a house. If the foundation is solid and good the house will last and will be easy to maintain 🙂

 

Day 4 and 5 Kyoto

I had to do a lot of the boring stuff like washing clothes and pack so my luggage didn’t weigh to much *yarn* 😀 It actually turned out to be quite a challenge since I’d almost 50 kg luggage when I arrived to Kyoto (some was food too) and had to reduce it to 37 kg. I’d to leave some stuff behind I wasn’t happy about but the world is still working 😉 As soon as that was done I left for Arashiyama in the western outskirt of Kyoto just by the foot of a mountain.

I was lucky again that JR-railway had a train out there so ones again my JR pass gave me a free ride. It took about 30 minutes to get there from the center of Kyoto.

First I went to the zen temple Tenryu-ji  and it had some spectacular temple rooms and an amazing zen-garden really to die for but unfortunately this clearly was a money machine for them in a way that made me leave without having seen it all. Every little thing cost and I prefer to buy a ticket and then I’ve access to it all. I don’t mind paying the price but when you for “every step” you take have to pay more I get irritated. In all a very beautiful place but I’ve seen more beautiful temples than this in Kyoto.

The Bamboo grove was just at the end of the Tenryu-ji famous garden and I came for the bamboo forest and I loved it. I love bamboos and even in rain weather it was still amazing.

On the way back I went through the shopping area and walked the bridge to the other side to get some interesting pictures and it was really lovely. It’s a tourist street but in the cute country way.

I had one of those clumsy days so I managed to poke several people with my umbrella 😀 fortunately Japanese are very polite and the tourists didn’t say anything 😀

I also managed to see the imperial palace and to my huge surprise the out door area around the castle was open to the public. It was so interesting to be inside the wall and get a glimpse of the lifestyle. The biggest surprise was that it was free in spite of all the staff they had on the place. Even without entrance to the castle it had been amazing just seeing the garden around.

I have become a squatter :-D

This is one of the best thing that have happened to me in Japan – becoming a squatter and I love it.

When I arrived I saw old people around 80’s squatting and my eyes were close to popping out of my head. The western lifestyle makes us disabled without us knowing it and we are given that lifestyle from we’re babies.

I’ve now become much better at it but in the beginning even though I was rather flexible compared to other European I had my challenges. Guys this is serious for your health so please carry on reading.

Yes I’ve become a squatter both because of the health issue but also because of the comfort in it … and no I haven’t cracked  a vein in my brain ;-D I won’t lie it was hard in the beginning but I’ve gotten used to squatting while staying here in Japan both going on the toilet, taking my bath etc. even sitting with the leg crossed.

Squatting is better for the body and has many benefits like:

  • you stay flexible and if you can’t do it now get started. When I started I had to hold on to the water pipe to keep my balance. I look ridiculous and sometimes I wondered if there were hidden cameras.
  • it’s easier to empty the bladder and the gut while squatting because it give a natural position to do that, instead of cloaking it all and then have to pressure to get it out. This cloaking up  also helps you to get more problems when you get older.
  • your legs doesn’t fall asleep while sitting on the toilet (mine does)
  • your rear end is easier to clean after a #2
  • nobody uses the bathroom for 30 minutes before getting in scape ;-D

I actually miss having access to a squatting toilet now because here in Tokyo everything is so westernized compared to Oita.

Again if you can’t it’s not to late to start squatting 😉 and don’t give me the I’m to old or I’m to stiff – all excuses – just start doing what you can and you’ll get there. When I can do it, you can do it 🙂

Route 66 the eastern part

route66road copyThis is history big time and I’m following the route because my father rode it back in the 60’es.

Now a lot of the towns between Oklahoma and Texas are ghost towns. Some I’ve stopped in and got some amazing photos others I’ve just driven through. In the towns which are still active they often have motels, restaurants, route 66 museums and other amazing attractions.

Riding this route I can see the glory days there have been even though a lot of the motels, houses and shops are deserted. It has been thriving on the traffic before the interstate came and some of the towns has been very beautiful. Some of them still are very beautiful and in some states/areas they have made it a pride to make their town look beautiful to drive though with flags, flowers etc. because they are proud of their place.

Even though it’s somehow sad I’m really fascinated by the ghost towns because like the road kills they tell a story about life. There where people used a lot of time in diners, motels, car shops etc. from a time where things didn’t have to happened so fast where thing took the time things took.

Outside the towns/cities there is a lot of nature to see on the road and there is hardly any traffic so it’s possible to stop and take pictures or just enjoy the route or just stretch the legs. Beside that there are a lot of attractions on the way and you’ll find them on the internet. There are pages just for that so do what you find awesome. I’ll be going to have many stops on the way when I get a little longer west but it’s tornado season so I just want to get out of the hot-spot right now since I’m not used to living in places frequented by those guys.

Be aware that not all GPS systems has the route any more so I had to buy a map on a museum and still it can be hard to follow it all the way but with a little help from google maps on my mobile, my GPS and the 66 map I bought I get it most of the time.

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Today my adventure begins

Yesterday I got a good lesson from my body – called listen to yourself.

I started this road trip to honour my parents and to get to know my father better but it seems like this also becomes the road trip where I get to know me better 😉

When I’ve a goal I usually follow it up and work hard but this is not about the goal, it’s about the trip and enjoying myself. I must admit that is a new thing for me in this way so I’m learning valuable lessons.

On my first day I drove the whole day and I was tired when I arrived but that was planned. Therefore the second day I went to Niagara Falls and just took it easy (it’s about 30 minutes from Buffalo where I stayed). Then my plan was to go to Oklahoma city in long “6 hours ride a day” stretches on the interstate because after that my fathers trip really takes off.

Yesterday I just realised that since my cold allergy is of I’ve to take care of myself (the plane ride was freezing and New York wasn’t better). My father took this trip in his way and on his circumstances and I’m not him. I just wanted to make this trip precisely as his but this morning in the bath I began to think what my parents would have wanted … They both would have wanted me to have a trip I enjoy and where I do what is right for me and take care of myself and my needs. Therefore today I’ll go and take highway 40 instead of the interstate and take a “slower” ride on my terms. Even though I made stops on every rest area yesterday driving on the interstate is tiring. That’s why I’m start my own adventure today instead of hunting a shadow – I’ll duplicate my fathers trip and make it my own.

Australia works faster than lightning

So so happy – today I was granted my study visa so the 5th of September I’ll start studying Cambridge English on a high level and I’m allowed to work 20 hours a week when I study and in weeks where I’ve no classes like in December I can work unlimited.

Great Barrier Reef – Magic

Kirri and me after snorkling smallI had 4 amazing days out on Great Barrier Reef snorkeling in the beginning of April and I had a blast. The animal and coral life is so amazing. I saw turtles, sharks (both sleeping and awake), sea cucumbers, starfish in amazing colours, baby squids, baby sting ray, jellyfish, fish in all colours and sizes and I found Nemo 🙂 – Even though the corals are bleached by the increasing acidicness in the ocean they’re still amazing. I took so many pictures under water and some are good but they’ll never be able to show the real life experience. I chose to take 4 days on the boat and there was always something new to experience on every snorkel even if I had two snorkels in the same reef. The company Reef Encounter has been awarded by TripAdvisor and I must admit it’s deserved.

  • All the crew was friendly, outgoing, helpful and very skilled.
  • The boat was perfect for the “mission”.
  • The Scottish cook made amazing food and there was more than enough – loved his accent by the way. Actually with my diet this is one of the few places where I’ve got amazing food and enough food for every meal.
  • Beside that the service level was amazing in the water. People that couldn’t swim was taken out by one of the crew members with a life saver and life jacket. Everybody was offered either a stinger suit or wet suit.

I chose to up-grade to top-deck because I then would have a personal assistant and since my dyspraxia makes my legs pretty quirky when I’ve been weightless in the water and because of my food allergies/intolerances. For me it’s so important that my safety is in top when having 4 days like this and then I can’t compromise with the food. My assistant was Kiri and she was so amazing and I miss her because I felt so comfortable with her and we had so much fun. She was really good at reading my signals and helping me with respect and so I still had my independence. Even more important but rare I felt we’re at the same level mentally speaking. At the same time I loved having Kiri to show me all the amazing stuff going on at the different location. Without her I hadn’t got the same experience. I must admit, I enjoyed getting the royal treatment.

I loved the security level at the boat like we were all counted 3 times a day where a crew member came around and we had to sign a sheet. Before going out in the water we’d to register and when we got back we had to sign it. One of the diving instructors was on watch and made sure all snorkelers was safe. The first day on the way out to the boat we’re thought the signs for I’m ok, I need a pick-up and I’m in trouble. Later I learned the sign for turtle, sting ray etc. So much fun 😀

You can swim in your swimsuit but depending on the season it’s wise to cover up some how because of stingers. We didn’t have any problem though. The boat have wet suits you can use in the water and if you’re not confident in the water it helps you float too.

The best thing though was the amazing people I met and the friends I got on the trip. I’ll carry you guys in my heart as a precious memory. And thank you to you guys that gave me a hand when needed. Love you guys.

Reefs we visited: Norman, Hasting and Coral Reef

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