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A little break….

We found a good price for tickets to go to Oslo which is only two and a half hours drive from where my grandparents (now my mothers) summer place. So we took a time out and escaped to the swedish archipelago.

PICT2394It started out with a two hour flight to Oslo then a three hour wait. two hours bus to Tanums hede and a 40 minutes ride to Hamburgsund where Mom picked us up at the ferry. Exhausted we crashed into bed (after putting together the crib and baby chair from IKEA)
PICT2417Midsummers eve started in rain, rain and more rain. It is the first time I have been there on Midsummers and it actually rained the whole time. The dance was cancelled and we resorted to eating our Sill and Strawberry cake inside. I introduced the familly to Frets On Fire and it was a great success on a rainy day. On the second day the rain held up and somebody arranged a day after dance with a makeshift mini Dancing around the may polemaypole and tradition was restored. Silly dances where danced and the kids (or rather everyone feeling young at heart) got their candybags. On the third day we where blessed with brilliant sunshine so both Anja and Angelina could explore outside.

The highlight of the trip for me and possibly Angelina was climbing to the highest top of the island and looking out over the magnificent view, archipelago, ocean, tiny cars and cows far away just standing at the top of the world looking out. Once down me and my brothers where exhausted and out of breath Angelina said “top! Lets GO!” and pulled my hand to take her up again.

Top of the world

Now we are home again for two days washing and repacking to go to the Salvation Army congress next weekend. We did a little maths and realized that on this next trip Angelina will have flown over 20 airplane rides and she is only three!

WSD celebration!

CIMG5600Today we finished of the WSD instructors course and ended our WSD – Womens self defence course with a graduation of our students. they all exceeded my expectations and showed unprecedented feats of warrior spirit, prowess and plain old whoop *ss! (pardon my french)

CIMG5623So today I prodly present three new Compagnos, one new Scholar0 minore, three new Scholaro maggiore and four newly appointed instructors whereof three will run the Riga WSD Schola when we leave Latvia.

The course has been great in itself but the graduation today really hit the spot. These Latvians turned from Martial arts students into amazons within the course of the test. Warrior spirit flowed and all the students performed excellent. This is the first full class I have graduated since we ran a Guardian Angels dojo. In the Angels Warrior Spirit was a nessesity and it came naturally in the training because it was needed to survive on the streets. I really didn’t know how to teach this to a non Angel class. The transformation from martial artist to warrior just happened and these amazons fought just as well as any angel I have ever trained.

I am now convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt that these amazons are ready to take on the task of running the schola and instructing the WSD classes.

New pictures

PICT1771Hanna is now back from Croatia and we have new pictures up, we also took a lot of pictures at the last SSG training so they are up to. PICT2120Lots of pictures of our new helmets, swords and gloves including pictures of my brand new pig faced bascinet, enjoy!

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