When I came back home to Iceland after my backpacking trip around Central America, I had a lot to think about. I felt like the world was my oyster, I could do anything. I returned to my old job and realized I needed to do something different, tailor my life so I had the freedom to follow my passion. So I decided to go back to school for one year to study Adventure Sports, returning to school was not something I expected to do in the near future. Committing to school for only a year may not sound a lot to most people. For me however, someone who just had a mind blowing experience and the drive to do something different, it was a big deal. In the long run however I believe that these studies will help giving me the freedom I so desperately want.
Now fast forward until December, the holidays are around the corners, I’ve been doing my studies for about four months. I am actually really enjoying the program and it’s pushing my comfort zone and expanding my skill set. However I’m still in Iceland living in my small fishing town, to be honest I was really starting to crave just a change of scenery and meet some new interesting people. So I decided to just get a quick fix for my island fever and grab the cheapest airfare I could get to Denmark. That’s about the only cheap airfare that you can get in Iceland and I knew that one of my closest friend Daníel who just moved there would have a couch waiting for me to crash on.
I flew over there and stayed with him and his girlfriend for 10 days, even spending New Year’s Eve there. It was just what the doctor ordered. Just walking around, travelling with the public transport and talking to some local people, made me feel like I was immersed in a new environment. Giving me a quick glance of how so many of my Icelandic and Danish friends are living.
One of the best things about going to Denmark was to be able to visit CSA, the original Globetrotters gym. I planned to meet up with my friend Jonas during open mat and when I showed up there I’ve never seen as many Globetrotters’ patches outside a camp. I wasn’t even the only foreigner visiting, no one was suprised having some visitors there. I ended up rolling with Jonas most of the time, going back and forth like crazy and both trying to survive. The Christmas break had not been kind to us.
Throughout my stay I managed to train 4 times there, 2 open mats and 2 classes. I recommend anybody who is in Denmark to drop by and check them out. I met bunch of great people there and everybody was super friendly. The gym also has a diverse crowd of practitioners and coaches.
At the end of all this I was able to come back home feeling all refreshed and ready to take on next couple of months. I used the down time for some introspection and working through everything that I’ve had going on in my head. Travelling with no insane schedule, just doing everything at my own speed and only doing the things I wanted. There isn’t much that tops that.