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Day 3 – Unforgettable Kyoto

This became one of those days I’ll never forget. Before I left the studio I rent I manifested to meet people who would help me out.

My day started with quite a rush because I’d to send postcards and a parcel before the guided tour in Kyoto started at 10.

The walking tour around Kyoto is 5 hours and I had it recommended from Daniela (an amazing lady staying at the retreat). This tour was really amazing and the guide knew so much about the city. We saw the mother ship of temples, different shrines, a fan shop, a candy shop (it’s art here), the building where Nintendo started and much more. It was so worth the money.

We were 10 people on the tour and I met a couple on their honeymoon and the lady was a surgeon and suddenly she began to ask questions and I got some really important help according to my health. I learned that a social health system is good if you have things that is “normal” but if you are a little outside the box the American system is much better.

Beside that I met Shigeco on the tour – an amazing local lady – she was on the tour to learn about her own city. She asked me after the tour if I wanted to spend time with her and then she helped me get a second hand kimono in the old fashion traditional colours. The best of all is that second hands kimonos looks like new but cost so little. Then she used several hours on guiding me around in the area around Gion and I saw some amazing shrines, the Kiemizu-deta temple and walked in some old streets. One of the shrines was for relationships and I had to walk with closed eyes from one stone to another without help and I did it. Therefore I now should have my loved one heading in my direction 🙂

I’d planned to take the evening tour around Gion with the Walk Kyoto but I lost track of time with Shigeco so instead I went to  the light festival at the Shimogamo Shrine and it was so mind blowing walking though the forest towards the shrine and all the trees was coloured by light while a soft music from singing balls surrounded me.

Then I headed back to the studio to eat -but I can tell you my feet hurt like hell after a 12 hours with just a few breaks, but it was all worth it 🙂

Day 1 and 2 Kyoto – the old days and a major achievement

Yesterday I took the Shinkansen to Kyoto and I love riding trains especially the super express trains here in  Japan. Since there was promised heavy rain I took a cap and was surprised in the good way just under 700 yen for a 10 minutes drive. Amazing.

I got installed in my studio with my own kitchen and a top modern place with my own washer and the shower is also a tub and a dryer.

Since I only have 4 whole days here I went to the Gion district just 10 minutes walk from here and walked the streets with the old houses and a huge amount of shrines. A lot of the locals wore the traditional kimonos and that made the whole experience so authentic.

Back at the guesthouse I enjoyed to have my own kitchen and afterwards I made my own onsen with the tub, epsom salt and essential oils.

Today I went to take a Kyoto walk but I’d forgotten to read the whole brochure and therefore I didn’t know that the tour only was on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. OK that shouldn’t ruin my day so I took the train to Inari and hiked to the top of Fushimi with all the orange gates. It was 37 degrees Celsius and still I walked in a good pace all the way up and down with no short cuts. My legs was shaking on most of the way down but I walked and I did it. For me this was  a major achievement since I couldn’t sit and walk back in 2011.

After I found a cat cafe in Inari where I’d go. I just had to try it. The cats wasn’t that social but I found one that wasn’t sleeping. It was fund though.

Back in Kyoto I went up in the Kyoto tower to see the city from above and it was amazing because several places the sun broke though the sky as huge beams.

After that it was grocery shopping and back to my studio.

 

Let me present: Pierre Black

IMG_6690This unique fellow (the guy in the picture with the hat) has in just a few weeks made a major impact on my life.

I’d now idea about who Pierre Black was before I arrived at the Zen Retreat at the temple near Kozaki. Pierre is a naturapath specialised in diet, CST (cranial sacral therapy) and energy work. This guy is interested in the scientific researched angle. Nutrition wise he uses a mix of ayurvetic and Chinese medicin combined with genetics so he makes a diet that is realistic to follow and which takes you native habits in consideration.
He has a very direct approach which I appreciate because beating around the bushes doesn’t change things.

For the first time my reactions to food has become logic and it has been such a relief. A lot of the problems I’ve, which danish doctors have denied exist or just made mental is now connected to problems with my immune system and digestion and by eating the right diet and supplements it’s already changing.

Beside that for the first time I’ve been taught how to train my body after my body constitution and it makes so much sense and it’s a huge relief to hearing a person telling me what I’ve sensed on many areas but was told was just because I had to get into the habit and ignore the signal.

The first he did was making some adjustments to my diet and putting me on two supplements which strengthens the immune system and digestion.

Then he helped me get more grounded. The life I’ve had since 2011 has been one big crock pot of stressful experiences so when I arrived to the temple I was exhausted and I had a hard time relaxing and getting a good night sleep. I started using theta-wave music and experimenting with different kinds of meditation. Until a racoon took our pet duck, I had the responsibility for taking care of the duck both according to take time petting her and feeding her and that was major quality time for me.

A bit into my stay Pierre also started speeding up the healing of my nerve lanes in the body (got damaged after a flue in 2011) with CST and DIY ayurvetic oil massage with an oil blend added frankincense and st. johns wort. I got so surprised because when he practice his cranio sakral therapy og energy work this huge man gets so gentle and kind that I felt safe putting my head in his hand and I don’t trust easy.

In the “few” weeks I was on the temple it made a huge difference f.ex. I’ve no more heat flashes going on, I feel more grounded. Beside that I know a lot now and I can handle a lot on my own before I need help and that is so amazing. Pierre has given me new hope that I can get a really good life.

I can highly recommend Pierre Black as a practitioner.

Since I lived at the temple for 45 days I also got to know Pierre in private and as a person I’ve experienced him as direct but also very kind, caring and ready to help people. While I was at the temple I’d a rock to lean on and that was a huge gift to just being able to let go of the usual life for 45 days and being able to concentrate on getting the foundation for my life started in a good way.

Thank you for all your help.

Day 2-3 – in Hiroshima – What do you focus on?

I love Hiroshima and I’ll return since I’m leaving today and I haven’t seen half of what this area has to offer.

Before I went to Hiroshima I met several people telling me, that the 2 days I chose to stay in Hiroshima was more than enough, because Hiroshima is a sad place to be. Why? – because of the many reminders of bombing back in the second world war. Of course, I saw the peace park and the places under rebuilding, but I get inspired by it since people here are living their lives and rebuilding the city. Even the castle is being rebuild so I see a city that is raising itself from the dust with pride and what could be more inspiring? I haven’t met one Japanese talking about the bombing or treated anybody I’ve seen with disrespect, hate or like. This is something a lot of other nationalities could learn from. I haven’t met anybody taking on the victim role instead I see the mentality of a people standing together.

It’s all about how you choose to see life and things. Do you hang on to the past or do you focus on the present and future? Do you stand together in dark times or do you sit down and chose to become the victim? It’s all about choice. We might not be able to change the circumstances but we’ve the choice of how to react. Yes admitted sometimes it takes a little time and even a friendly kick to turn a situation around to a positive perspective but it can be done and it makes life so much easier.

Today I’m leaving for Tokyo and I’m so excited even though I could have used 3-4 days more here.

The food here is amazing and even with my challenges I’ve been eating well every day.

The hostel K’s house is recommendable for everything – it’s really a good place to stay.

If you’ve a Japan Rail pass you can ride for free in the loop sightseeing buses.

So see you again Hiroshima

Jungle surfing in Cape Tribulation

This is by fare one of the best trips I’ve taken.

I was the first one to be picked-up and the bus was of a very good standard. While driving we got a lot of information about the area and outside the city our guide Travers told us about cane sugar farming etc. and all the way he gave us insightful information – rather impressive.

First we stopped in the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. It was more like an extended leg stretching in wonderful surroundings and we got refreshment like fruit platters etc. We could also attend a class about the koala, snake etc. but I preferred to see all the animals and have time for it since I’ve been though a lot of these speeches now 🙂

After Travers made sure we got a rain forest walk so “us jungle surfers” got a jungle walk too and and he really knew what he was talking about and the walk was so beautiful.

We were driven to the pick-up point for jungle surfers where we also got lunch and the rest of the group was taken to a beach/rain forest walk.

The jungle surf was unique and the crew told us about the vegetation all the way though. They made sure we had an extra bag on our harness to private stuff like cameras and medication if people needed that. We each got a helmet with a hero name on and I got “Terminator”:-D
I loved zip-lining through the rain forest between the majestic trees like mahogany and the view was epic from the top of the trees. The guides  took pictures but it was too expensive since they were pretty dark, but it was not a problem since we’re allowed to bring our own cameras and go-pros. I loved zip-lining through the rain forest between the majestic trees like mahogany and I’ll highly recommend it. We had a couple around the 70’es and they did it too even hanging up side down like the rest of us.

We’re all returned to the pick-up point in one piece ;-D where Travers picked us up and then it was ice-cream time. I’ve in my wildest dreams never seen so many choices in all homemade ice cream. I chose the passion fruit/ginger/banana and it tasted really good.

Next stop was the crocodile cruise and even if I had been on one in Darwin this one was different. The boatman/guides daughter was with us and she spotted things before us and knew a lot. The guide was very knowledgeable and showed us several crocs and even a couple of baby crocs (very cute).

Then we unfortunately had to return to Cairns but the trip back was really nice because we stopped at a couple of good places for a quick stretch and stunning views.  I was so fortunately to sit in front and learned a lot from Travers. He’s an inspiration so you’ll have to look up Jungle Tours when you’re in Cairns and ask for Travers.

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At the wild life habitat – birds walking on the sun roof

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2 teen age parrots was in training accoring to having human contact and they were lovely and cheecky.

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On of the trees made this amazing structure.

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Cocoons from a spider

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Kangaroos taking a break in the shade

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Just lovely

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Yeah they had pelicans

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Rain forest walk: a plant uses one of the trees to make a struckture

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and it ends up like this – Nature is amazing

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Roots of the mangrove

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Ms. Terminator ready for a Jungle Surf

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The view from the top

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Look at these magnificent trees

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One of the zip-lines

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I’m being prepared for the next ride.

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One of the platforms in the forest

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Even up side down the rain forest is amazing

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One of the huge trees seen from half way down – epic 🙂

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At the crocodile cruise: The toothless croc got a fish.

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Taking a nap in the shade

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Baby crocs

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Air conditioning in the wild life – open mouth.

Reflection from a time-out

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Traveling alone is amazing but it has also given me a huge gift of time to think and that is both good and bad 😉 I’ve time to reflect over the life I’m putting behind me and the future. What did I do right and what areas I can approve in. What do I want to focus on in life short term and long term etc.

Beside that traveling alone makes it a lot easier to get in contact with locals and other tourists traveling alone therefore I’ve got some really amazing experiences.

When I arrived in Sydney the 9th of March I was mentally tired from the last 5 years but kept focusing on what I want, though I didn’t have the energy to go into 100% boot camp. I then got a maui massage that changed a lot for me because since that I’ve had no nerve tics from the dyspraxia and I’ve a good sleep every night now except two nights which is a major improvement. Therefore I’ve used a lot of time sleeping and recovering with good food and training. The trip to Great Barrier Reef was epic but physically challenging in the good way so I’ve used the last week on recovering.

Yesterday morning I woke up and something felt different. I chose run right away and I met 2 of my favorite lifeguards who saw me last year and had a chat – and one of them commented on how good I’m looking now and that made me realise I’m on the right track. Combined with listening to Mateuzs’ motivational speeches I felt like a fog lifted and I got several piece in my life puzzle to fall into place.

It’s like I’ve taken a leap of faith and my life puzzle has been taken apart and I need to put it all together in a new way. Just to be clear I love the process 😃 and I began to think about life and survival. It’s all about strength but not “how hard you can hit” –  it’s more “how hard a blow you can take” and get up again.

People that know me IRL have heard my mantras like:

  • I’m not finished when I’m tired, I’m finished when I’m done
  • You always have a choice
  • When life serves you lemon make lemonade and when they get too big move away from the power plant.
  • You might not be able to change the circumstances but you can choose how to react
  • If you hate Monday you’re in the wrong job
  • What you send out you get back (law of attraction)
  • It’s not about how you fall or how many times you fall – it’s about how you get up again
  • It’s better to take a chance than regretting not taking the chance
  • It’s never to late

This is my attitude 99% of the time and some days I believe that what brought me to this attitude beside kick-boxing is being borned with motor sensoric dyspraxia and a good portion of determination.

Through my life I’ve met so many people that already in early age has surrendered and given up on life and is just fighting to survive the day. They hate Monday and have count downs to the next weekend because they’ve a job they hate or just not thrive in. They are so focused on all that can go wrong and choosing to let fear control their life and using a lot of excuses for why not making the changes that is needed to turn life around. Often they’ve never told anybody about it just assumed that nobody wants to listen or help.

I know it’s hard because the last five years my life has been really hard and it has been like driving a car on a really dark road where I only could see what the light from the car made visible. So I just had to move forward in hope that I would get out of the darkness again. Now I’m getting my reward for moving forward every day step by step and have a time where I do stuff from my 101 things to do when you survive – I’m out in the daylight again and loving it.

In the end guys it’s all about your attitude and you’re the only one who can change your own lives and change comes from doing things different or do it a new way.

This is why I love Bondi

From the first minute or actually before I ever arrived I’ve had some weird connection to Bondi Beach and last year when I went their the first time I felt so at home and fell in love with the place. As I got to know the area I’ve expanded it to the area from Bronte and the whole costal walk to Bondi.

Today the weather was amazing so I got up early to take a SUP lesson with Dean and I made a photo rapportage to show why I love this place.

Already before the sun is up there is local people on the beach training, surfing and getting a morning bath. Some mornings there are photo shoots, preparations to parties, couples lying together and waking up etc. About 9-10 in the weekends or holidays the families and tourist arrives, and I just love watching the families because I see so much joy. Beside that every time I’m on the beach I see new things and I get a calmness and joy especially if I can get on the water.

The water is my meditation – I’m in the now and I get a time-out from life and I love it – Some days my dyspraxia in the legs are controllable and I stay on the board. Other days like today I had to have help to get to shore and I fell into the water 4 times – but in the end it’s not how many times I fall – it’s how many time I get up again that counts 😉

 

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