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A day spend travelling

Quite mysterious – it took me about 9 hours to get from Cork to Copenhagen. Same amount of time it would take to get to NYC or from BKK to Cph – if the wind was blowing right way.

Anyway, haven’t done anything! today – except walking the long halls of airports. Dublin Airport is actually quite cosy, and they actually make ‘last call outs’ – which was nice for a danish ‘smock’-kind of guy, as he nonchalant walked to the plane, after last passengers was called for the 8th time or so.
– Uh and I know he was danish, because he was standing in security line, loudly confirming his drinking ability, even he looked forty-family dad -something. Sharply dressed, with the right haircut – a real charmer, who walks to the plane, after having delayed a full SAS flight for 10 minutes.

Last time in Dublin, we had a wonderful time, staying at the lovely Fitz William hotel. Slept one night swept in Egyptian cotton, showered in a beautiful bathroom and had a tasty full irish breakfast. definitely worth recommending for everyone going to the Irish capital for a weekend of self pampering and indulgence. Oh – and the best shopping street is located around the corner. Euro is expensive to the kroner – but prices are cheap and probably gives you more home in the shopping bag than London.

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Amsterdam III

Back in Copenhagen, it’s always nice to dream away. And as I’ve been going back in time, to write my piece on Lucien Carbin for World Muaythai Magazine, I just remembered my new lost friends in Amsterdam. Didn’t really got around to name them, cause they constantly moved – so sometimes I wasn’t sure, if it was one of their cousins, that moved in. But managed to snap a few photos of them:

They don't look big here, but they were!!!

Not and Afraid sitting in the corner

And NO!! They didn’t crawled under my skin and laid eggs!  Liam and Rich – bad boys for teasing me. Was really not that funny!!

Asides from that, we were a strange little bunch of people – gathered just to train with Carbin. Rich – a friend from UK/ Phuket, Liam (boyfriend from Ireland) and me (Banana girl from Denmark). Like my two earlier posts says, training was much more challenging than from what I’ve ever tried before. In lots of aspects, way tougher than Thailand, and I have to agree with Rasmus Zøylner – friend from Siam Gym – that after a certain point, one would learn more from training in Holland, than the usual trip to Thailand.

Thailand is great – but if you have a lot of fight experience and got your basics down – Holland is the place to take your skills to the next level. Maybe not all of Hollands gyms – but Carbins Fighting Factory, Golden Glory, Pancration, Mike’s Gym etc. They all have world-class fighters! Also – dutch fighters works a lot on the angles and not only focus on power, as the thais. Which makes it good – like Lucien says: Mix it up!
And to top it off – the dutch have always been a nation of fighters. No matter who in the martial arts world you talk too: Taekwondo, karate, Jiu jitsu, boxing – they all know the dutch reputation – which is kind of odd, one would think they would take it more easy in Am*dam city, hehe 😉

Am*dam btw definetly still one of my favorite cities in Europe!  Only had a brief encounter with the city this time thou, as more important things were on the menu for this trip (read: Training and learning new stuff!!). Guys for some reason didn’t have the same feeling about the city. Tried talking to both Liam and Rich about the splendid architechture in Am*dam, but could just as well, has been talking about the Bridget Jones Diaries – didn’t really get any respond. Odd!

Anyway – back home and single girl for a while, its back on training and stuff… (work). Had a great training in Siam yesterday evening, and felt good enough to join Johnny De Limas morning box today. 1½ hour of boxing – really good, just to focus on the hands. I’ve noticed over the last couple of months, that my speed in the combos has slowed down. (If training in Amsterdam, I’m sure they would pick up, cause the combos are so crazy – and he (Lucien) wants them with speed). So being back in a straight boxing class felt very good and needed.
Did try out some combos, and it went surprisingly good.

Later today its the teaching marathon in ABC! Looking forward to see all my superwomen and men again!

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Talk back

Lucien Carbin and Car

Write back might have been a better headline, but not so catchy. Well behind with training updates from Amsterdam and post Am*dam, I’ll try to make up for some of the lost stuff.

Wednessday 18th: Arrived in Amsterdam late in the evening. Was greeted by Mark Mueller from FFC and taken to Lucien Carbins house in Sloten, which apparently hold the fighters quarters. Fighter room was nicely decorated with posters from past decades of various fight events – from the early Free Fights events (with Lucien as posterboiii) to this days SLAMM and It’s Showtime.

useful info: Sloten is located about 30 minutes by tramp from Amsterdam Central Station. It seemed like suburbia dutch style, nice quiet neighbourhood. Gym is located app. 2 km from Luciens house, and a small shopping area about 1km from the house.

Thursday 19th: First training session in FFC. It was still on summer program, so we were told most people would still be on holiday. However a good handful of fighters had found their way to the ‘morning class’. (‘Morning’ = 11 clock). Class consisted mostly of combinations, not your usual 1,2 lowkick however – but much more complicated and diverse. Got paired up with a guy called Gaiyan, around the same weight, but taller – with bony knees, as he put it.
Felt exhausted after that class, even it was only for 1 hour. Think I actually said something about, not knowing if I would last to the evening class.

Breakfast was served after the ‘morning’ class, which meant around 13.00.

Evening training took place at 20.00. Again it was the ‘summer holiday’ class, so not that full. Training had more familiar elements such as shadow box, kicking on pads etc. But also had ‘play time’ inserted: Light sparring, clinch-like game = take your opponent out of the ‘ring’. Really enjoyed the evening class – felt more confident that I could survive the week of training, I had signed up for.

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On the road again

Back on the road – this time yet again for Thailand, and yet again to serve both body and soul. If you know a little about me, you’ll know I like to combine work with pleasure – travelling the world and kicking it.

Tiger Muay Thai, Phuket is the destination after One night in Bangkok (Peninsula), a terrible flight (terrible cause I couldn’t sleep), and several mosquito bites from a visit to the muay thai equipment shop. (New customized shorts with Hello Kitty – YAH!)

BKK was lovely as The City of Angels can be. Peninsula was – not nearly as cool as Sukhothai. But the view from 35th floor across the river – into Bangkok was priceless. And of course service is impeccable like any other 5 star place in Thailand. On the not so good side – I had a struggle with the shower, it took forever to get warm – and was to put it mildly not a 5 star shower, more like a 1.5. Also a very annoying night-light from under table let the bed area all night. Not like the blue dreaming light in Dream, mind you – oh no, this was a certified common light bulb. On the good side, Im impressed by the daily boat rides and the spa. The Spa offered a private suite with steamroom, jacuzzi (with changing colours), massage and the luxus of being. Fantastic place – which I can only recommend.
Peninsula is located by the river – across from all the fun stuff (MBK shopping, Khao San Road, ping pong shows etc), so the hotel cater these small boats sailing every 5 minute or so, to three different destinations across the river. One of them being the Skytrain station – which leads directly to MBK (National Stadium).
A very fitted match, which we enjoyed several times on our short visit.

Arriving well in Phuket with my friend Julie, from back home, it was a bit wierd to land in Tiger. Lots of people from everywhere – like Legacy Gym x 10, and for maybe for that reason, I’ve been missing Legacy a lot this evening. Also Phuket and I have a so-so relationship: I dont really care for the overly-touristed Thailand. After staying in Legacy gym in Ubon Ratchathani for my training trips the past 3 years, I’ve fell in love with the more ‘authentic’ and rustic Thailand, that is to be found in Isaan. Last time I visited Phuket bring back strange memories of past ghosts as, I was nearly flooded away by the Tsunami. But Im back now to do a story about muay thai training for the typical Danish tourist, so I figured what better spot to be in than the big Island down south.

So Im excited to see what Phuket and Tiger has in store for me. This evening I met, what seemed to be some really nice Australians, a kind of butch Canadian girl and some friendly south Africans. Things are starting off good – and I can just hope everything (accommodation and bike) will go smoothly.

Training and more camp facts tomorrow!