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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 9 Sat-/Sunday Programme

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Good morning! Here comes the second part of the compilation from Fanø Free Folk Festival # 9. Impressions from 10 of the acts from the festival´s Saturday and Sunday programme.

Part one, from the Friday´s programme, you can check out here: Fanø Free Folk Festival # 9; Friday Programme.   🙂

I also wrote there about how I feel about this year´s amazing festival, and the festival in general. So I can´t really repeat that here. Please read the Friday programme post.

The acts I did not get covered in Saturday and Sunday´s programme, were Western Skies Motel, Simon Joyner and Nicole Hogstrand. My apologies to these artists. Like I explained in the last post, I edited video during the festival, and also needed a couple of breaks off site. I´m sure these acts were as brilliant as the ones I did manage to cover.

It´s actually lucky I got so much filmed, as my phone was messing with me. It´s 2 years old now, and hence ancient and dying, apparently. It recorded until the middle of Faun Fables, last band Saturday. Then just plainly refused to film any more. Said it had no room, though it had 12 giga. I don´t know why it did a comeback Sunday, but I´m very grateful. 🙂

Faun Fables blew me away. The two incredibly strong voices, the intense energy, the movements with the drumsticks and the fiddle, base and guitar… The communication and timing between the two musicians… the storytelling, elements from mythology, theatre, opera… I will most def go to another concert with them if i get the chance. And I have found them on Spotify. I even bought the t-shirt. And had a long talk with them both on Sunday. Very inspiring people. Felt like catching up with old friends. Fellow passionately mellow tribesmen… Don´t know quite how to describe it, but their performance was an eye opener to me on several levels.

There was also American Sarah Louise´s beautiful solo singing… and her duo House & Land… there was the lovely French lady with the harp and the other strange string instruments, there was of course German Limpe Fuchs and her fantastic percussion installation (I never knew stone slates can sing…) There was the cross nordic group of young women wearing masks… and the soothing sound of Calming River from the UK… And the session in the community house ended with an international trio that mixes genres and made me actually dance with the camera! Hence the unstable ending of the compilation, in the last song there.

I´m not apologizing. I simply couldn´t stop myself, and thought I´d experiment with filming whilst dancing… it´s the eternal conflict for me, as I love to dance. But also to film. When to shoot and when to just dance. Is the question. I can see that it wasn´t ideal to mix the two. But until u try, u´ll never know, u know. The sound of the clip is great, so I´ll live with the grooving camera moving. As I always say, I´m far too perfect to be a perfectionist. 🙂 I wish the band had continued that super build up of strings and drum there, I reckon the whole audience had been up on their feet dancing extatically after 5 more minutes of that stuff!

I have seen this handheld tripod thing in a facebook add, where it keeps your phone camera stable as u run, even… It costs a bit. But I reckon it has to go on my xmas wish list.

Anyways. Here is the video. And as I said in the last post, get in touch if you´re in the material and want something edited out. Also, feel free to connect with me on Facebook and Youtube. On my Youtube channel there´s many videos from FreeFolk # 7 and # 8 as well. You find me under my name, Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen.

(My blog also has its own fb page; Kaltwasser Heart Matters. And I have a page for my work with sound healing: Kaltwasser Vocal Sound Therapy. If you are interested, then give my pages a thumbs up and be notified when I post on my blog or about sound therapy).

In the category “Fanoe my home island” on my blog here, you find what I´ve written and filmed previous years from Fanø Free Folk Festival, as well as other words and images from the island.

Already looking forward to FFFF # 10 !!! 🙂

Thank you, all of you, for the wonderful atmosphere and the great sounds. I feel inspired, energized and filled up with good vibrations!

Here´s the second and last of this year´s compilations. Hope u dig!

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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 9; Friday Programme

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Hi there. It´s 02 am & I just woke up after 3 hours´ sleep. Rather peculiar, since I returned from the Fanø Free Folk Festival earlier this eve, where I´ve stayed in a tent all weekend and I slept not quite enough hours. (Understatement.  Friday I went to bed 06.30 in the Saturday morning, and woke up in the hot sunshiny tent 09.30…)!

But ok.  I can sleep more later, I feel very awake now. Energized by the weekend. I enjoy typing away in the quiet of the night, and it is a big satisfaction for me to finally get the Friday compilation loaded up to youtube, as I´ve been working at it since noon! Had all kinds of technical problems. Won´t bore you with that.

It has been yet another simply fantastically wonderful Freefolk Festival. I don´t know which swear words to use, really, to give that sentence power.  The amazing line-up of talent. The atmosphere at the concerts, where the audience really are there to LISTEN even when it becomes late in the evening. The 120 tickets that are sold out every year BEFORE the programme is ready! Coz we all know it´s gonna be great artists, and a lot of the same happy faces that have been there all the 9 years this has been going on… I have written about the festival before, this is my third year to be there as a video blogger, but I´ve been at the festival, I think all the years but once.

Check out the posts from earlier in my blog category here, called “Fanoe my home island”.  This is the 5.time I write about it. Of course there are also videos on my youtube channel, both compilations and longer films of single acts.

This year I have tried something new, I´ve edited video during the festival. Was allowed to use a local friend´s house as a safe laptop keeping base. Hence I could edit a couple of hours here and there, when I needed a break from the music. Because I do need breaks. It is really intense listening, all this experimental  folk, electronica… loop pedals, synths, percussion, drones… artists who use their voice in unusual ways… who mix genres… Fantastically interesting.

And intense. I love intense. But my nervous system needs a breather in the programme, I´ve noticed. And I have talked to a couple of my fellow local-citizen festival guests this weekend, and I´ve come to realize they feel the same way. They too walk away from site to catch their breath for a minute here and there. 🙂 I don´t say this as a criticism, more as a compliment, really. It is not just any kind of easy listening populistic fun fair, this festival. It is for people who enjoy being challenged, to hear something never heard before, to listen to ways of doing things that are not necessarily shaped to please the listener, but shaped to make an expressional effect important to the maker of the message/music…

Yeah, you catch my drift. I´m a huge, huge fan of this festival. I organize my Summers around the date where it takes place, making sure I´m home for it.

Well. About the video. I´m sticking to compilations this year. Because I´m hosting a family party with 50 guests in a week. I don´t have the time to sit and enjoy the editing process. I´m sorry about that. But ok, such is life. It is possible that I make longer films with just single acts in them. For example of the Irish fiddlers´ show in the church Friday. In the compilation from the Friday programme, I have picked just one of their songs, and it is not representative of their performance. I have picked the song because I recognize it, and I enjoy hearing it in this different version. And also it is way quicker for me to edit a set song than to go into deep listening to stretches of improvisations and building up of tapestry, musical thread by musical thread… (borrowed metaphor there, from the Irish gentleman´s own description of their work method)…

Same with the other artists. I have made fast decisions, and just present short appetizers from the programme. Two of the Friday concerts are not represented, as I didn´t see them. These acts are “EKKO & The Syrian Roots”, (DK/SY) and “Fru Skagerak”, (DK/NO/SE). My apologies to the artists. I´m only human. And I do my best, sincerely.

I have edited it “as short as I could”. But one clip I just could not shorten. So they got 9 minutes out of the 19. That´s a  freedom I give myself as a blogger; to spend extra attention on the acts I love the most. But like I said, there are many of the acts that deserve longer films, by themselves, and maybe I get the time to do some of this after the summer holiday.

The reason for making compilations, for me, is really to make like a string of pearls where we get an impression of the programme as a whole. And hopefully also an impression of the lovely atmosphere in the room during the concerts. The listening audience, often lying down on the floor with eyes closed. Little children, and a dog or two. I feel so happy there.

I haven´t filmed from the tent or tables outside this year. I have done this in little glimpses in earlier compilations. I like to share in a personal way, but I don´t share what feels private. So although it is nice to see happy people partying, enjoying conversations and late night jam session or folk dancing on the festival site… it is kind of private, backstage, intimate moments.

I always try to present people so they look good. And if I´m in doubt as to whether they´d be ok with a clip of them becoming public, then I don´t use that clip. To me these are essential balances to keep. The respect for those whose images I catch in my fishing net / the camera. To treat people with care and integrity. Being trust worthy. That is a status we earn, through our actions.

I go to the task of video documentation with humbleness and gratitude. I know these are words seldom used in everyday language, but. Hey, this is my blog, I have my permission to express  myself freely, experimenting with phrasing and openness any way I feel like … Like all my fellow, free flowing freaks … 🙂

Freak said in the most loving way. Weird is wonderful!If everyone would allow themselves to be authentic, unafraid to stand out and be different from peers, parents and co workers… well, then this world would simply be such a much better place!   🙂

Until this becomes a reality, I´m so lucky I have our festival to go to, this one weekend a year. Thank Goodness for this blissful oasis of friendliness, fun and so many freakily fantastic feelgood factors! (F.x. the amazing vegetarian buffets and the midnight snacks. I LOVE it)!

Here, hope you dig. The Friday programme compilation. Any comments are welcome, and if anyone portrayed in the clips want something edited out, don´t be afraid to contact me and say so. You find me on Facebook/messenger most easily, under my name, Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen.

Ciao for now, and I´ll be back with a compilation of the Saturday programme as soon as poss. I only filmed glimpses from 3 of the acts today (Sunday), but if the recordings look fine, I´ll include them in my Saturday compilation piece.

Best wishes!

Lene

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Fanø Vesterland: Sweet Festival!

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This weekend I went to the Fanø Vesterland festival. Like I have done a couple of times before. Always a nice time to be had there.

It´s down at the harbour. Two whole days of good music. Tons of happy people milling about. On the very creatively built festival site; with a huge dream catcher hanging from a crane, and. A champagne bar, lots of good local pop up restaurants selling anything from lamb, to oysters, to fish and chips as well as barbecue and fries…

Here´s a picture of the champagne bar. Placed in a corner, a bit secluded. Nicely quiet spot in the festival hustle and bustle.

Beneath you see Fanø´s OysterKing doing his work. He´s created a recipe book, one can go with him for oyster safaris on the island. His name is Jesper Voss. On www.visitfanoe.dk one can find out what time he takes people out for oyster trips. (some times there is too much pollution to eat the local oysters raw, sorry to say. You find all the info with Jesper, though. He makes sure to keep it safe).

I ordered 3 different oysters from him, and a glass of champagne. What a treat. Pure deliciousness. 🙂

There was even a view to the big stage, from my table. I could have stayed much longer in that quiet corner with a view, if I only had the dough for a bottle of champagne and more oysters. Haha!

View to the other side from my table:

Here´s a couple more photos from the site:

(We did have sunshine early in the days, both Friday and Saturday)

Atmosphere was very friendly. Relaxed and easy.

Well. Instead of still photos of the musicians, let me share with you the video compilation I´ve made today, out of the bits and pieces I filmed during the weekend. Hope u dig.

I was lucky to get a free bracelet for this year´s festival. As my husband´s son plays the keyboard in Wangel, the band that played the opening act this year. (Kasper played a couple of years ago as well, with one of his other bands, The Grenadines. I remember I filmed them, in the rain. It´s on my youtube channel somewhere, as well as a couple of videos from gigs  in 2016.)

I look upon my festival videos as some kind of a “no frills, bootleg recording” kind of style. Handheld, phone made, spontaneously documenting more than elegantly presenting, the acts. I tend to shoot stills or record when I´m touched, or enthused. When I feel the joy of music making, going on between the musicians (and the audience)… then I want to join, to play along. Catch the energy.

The atmosphere. The… Love. I guess. Basically. Movin´with the groovin`. Sharin´ in the Good Vibes, yo. Aligning. Participating. Being in the Sound scaping. Yeah. One Love, One Frequency. Peace. (Yes, call me a hippy. Why would I mind. They stopped the Vietnam war, for crying out loud. Time we stopped accepting the American effort to weaken the peace movement by calling the participants hippies. Hips are cool. Or hot. Whatever your preferred lingo is). 🙂

Music is all about e-motions. Energy in motion. Art is all about emotions too. So is religion, and politics. So. Let´s just be whole hearted people. If the only word for this kind of (human-) being, is hippy… Then call me that. I´m all for peace and love. Who isn´t?

(Yeah, and what are they called? The war mongers. Why don´t THEY have belittling namecalling attached to them? A fair question, I reckon. Aaaanyways. Moving swiftly on).

My goodness, I have really improved my steady-hand-cam since then, man! (And very annoying with the people talking in the background, right in front of a quiet, intense stage act… I remember I had very good footage of one of her songs, yet had to throw it out due to talkative festival guests standing behind me. Sorry, but I find it rude to be talking loudly at a concert. Or in the cinema or the theatre. Why not respect those who have bought tickets, and go chat somewhere away from the stage?!)

Oh, here´s the Grenadines-shot: (It was in 2015)!

Windy. Is that why the sound´s shaky? Possibly.

Anyways. I can see from these old recordings, like I said, that I have gotten better at shooting and editing. Which is due to the festival that each year allows me in for free, to blog. Just because I asked if they´d let me. It´s an incredibly cool festival, in Sønderho, happening each July, this year will be the 9.time. The Fanø Free Folk Festival. International, experimental folk (and electronica, in my own understanding of genre labeling). Some acts are world music inspired, many bring loop equipment, home made wooden instruments, building up trance beats…

But that´s a different story. I look forward to Freefolking it again, a weekend in July. And I also look very much forward to Fanø Vesterland again in a year. If I´m home, and if the energy in motion (e-motion) grabs me and grips me, I´m sure I will be shooting video from Fanø Vesterland again.

As it is so In Joy – able. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Family concert Odense 12/5-18: SO good :)

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Hello friends

Such a fantastic morning here now. Warm breeze crossing the island, eastern wind, hence not from the ocean, so we can expect high summer temperature today, so my husband informs me. There´s a scent of sea in the air. And sounds from so many birds! I´m sitting on a sunbed in my garden, grass has not been cut yet this year, been so cold until very recently. Good for the insects. And for my bare feet, this soft green garden carpet… And the sound of the wind caressing the grass and the leaves on the trees…

So much to be grateful for: It in turn makes me so grateful. Hahaha…

Jason Stephenson. I listen to him quite often. Mostly his sleep hypnosis. Hereby recommended. 🙂

But right now, that gratitude meditation is a bit too introvert and slow for me. Coz I was at a concert yesterday. Which has left me all high and happy. A family concert with Rasmus Seebach, Danish popstar. We gave the tickets to our 8 yearold daughter as a birthday present. Which all five of us then shared. We have listened to his latest album for a month, waiting for the gig date. His album that he´s written for his newborn son. About how him and his mom became a couple. About grand dad, who is a famous popstar too, that passed away a couple of years ago. About when his woman wanted to leave him and how grateful he is that she stayed… This guy dares to talk about feelings, emotions. And I think this is what makes people love him so much. This, and his great melodies, often in a reggae or latino rhythm. Yes, man. He´s cracked the formula. Consider me a fan. (Which to me is a word of compliment. Of respect and appreciation. Not some hierarchical concept where I put other´s worth above my own worth. I don´t do inequality).

Here, have a listen to one of my favourite tunes from that album:

I just LOVE the way he talks about my own younger years in house parties and in queues in front of clubs, and he times it to the 90s by saying “when Ace of Base was fire, fire…” 🙂
His lyrics are loving, philosophical, funny, self ironic, and his way with making rhythm with words is rather ace. Of base.
🙂

He sings in Danish. I reckon if he did stuff in English (or does he? I don´t know his work that well, my daughter is the one who´s turned me on to him…) Well, I reckon English speakers too need the messages he puts out there. Not many, especially not men, go into emotions at the depth and understanding that he does.

There was a children’s pit in front of the stage yesterday. Only people below 150cm where allowed in there. They all sang along to all the songs!! Very moving to see. Don´t know how many thousands were gathered yesterday, but the park was teeming. Selling candyfloss and slushice, and very expensive hoodies in pink and pastel blue, that hundreds were wearing, he must have made a fortune. (Beer counters stood empty, I´d rather be the candyfloss salesman yesterday, than the alcohol salesman)! 🙂

Think I´ll leave u here.
Got more to tell u but will make another post for that.
Have a brill Sunny Sunday out there today. Enjoy the birds and the flowers. If none of that is where u are, then go within.
There is always light in your inner silence, your Higher Self.
One Love.

(Photo is from when us in Kulturelt Samråd, local ngo, gave a welcome party to our newly arrived citizens from Syria. 16.of April 2016. A very fine day. This is Malik, he now lives in Nykøbing Falster and is a great dancer).

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International Women´s Day 8/3-18, on Fanoe

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Hey there people!

Today, 13/3-18, is the day we give birth to the green party Alternativet´s own solo division/group on Fanoe. Long story, which is not the one I´m gonna tell u now. It just takes up so much of my hard disc, that I have to share the 8.of March with u now, before the meeting tonight. So I tell the stories cronologically. If u get me.

Well.

I was invited by Ragnhild Kallehauge, and her one-woman-ngo KUK (Kontor for Ukontrolleret Kreativitet), to take part in marking the women´s international day of struggle. Marking it for the first time here on Fanoe. Last Thursday.

In Bergen, where I used to live, this day is a big deal, with marching, paroles, music and speeches downtown… here on Fanoe I have missed it so much. So it is great I could be part of the contributors from the beginning here. I hope it is the start of a new tradition.

I told Ragnhild I would write something for this date especially. So I woke up in the middle of the night on the 1. of March, with a long rant poem pouring into my mind. Got a pen and paper and wrote it down.

It´s in Danish. Here is the video of me reading it out that night, on The Corner Bar.

Ragnhild did two performances, she is a storyteller. One scene from the view of a victim of domestic violence. Very sad.
And one scene wearing long gloves and a pink wig, being Lulu the Lapdancer…
Excellent. Funny and serious. Thought provoking and entertaining. She´s our performance artist. Theatrical. Wonderful.

And our friend, Julie Frey, went on stage twice as well. Singing, first a song by Martha Wainwright, and then a song she´s written recently, after her mother passed away in October.
Amazing voice, and she played the guitar too… very very good. Love her work. My singer songwriter close friend. Sensitive singing.

I had decided that since the other two would enter stage twice, then so would I. So I´d decided to sing a song. And chosen “Gratuitude” by my vocal sound healing teacher Githa Ben-David. A lullaby she wrote to her children, and that I sing to my children. I chose it as a celebration of the mothering instinct, the feminine principle, of receiving and nourishing. Which all women have as a part of our biology or DNA, whether we have given birth to children or not.

Here is the video of me singing “Gratitude”:

After our 6 stunts on stage, we drank a few beers. Maybe 20 people came to take part in this event. That´s great. It´s about quality not quantity for me. And 20 people on a Thursday night in that location, for this type of event, is actually quite many for our little island.

Next year we have booked the community building! It´s a Friday, 8/3 next year. We will make a party, for both kids and adults alike, ending up in a dance party. YEEESSS.

My singing was not perfect. But this world needs rolemodels that dare to stand up and say, I will share this, I will be imperfect, and that´s okay, coz human beings are not perfect and should not strive to become so either.

The audience were moved by the song, they said. I can see that it was a brave thing to do. I didn´t know whether my voice would be calm or would shake, until the moment I started singing into the mike…! 🙂

I´m glad I did it, and I look forward to doing more stage stuff.
I enjoy it.

Ps The heading photo of me, is shot by Anne Jensen Zeuthen. Thanx for that, Anne! Much appreciated! 🙂 And it´s Julie Frey who filmed me with my phone.
Thanx, Julie!
Ds

Toodle-pip! Seize ya later, gators!

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School´s out

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Hiya…

It´s … Tuesday. Soon 11 pm. Just had a nap in my ListeningHut behind the apple tree. So I feel fresh, fresh, exciting…. (Kool & the gang)

School holiday started last Friday. My middle-kid Viola (7) is away on summercamp with the sfo (where they go after school every day to be looked after until parents come home from work)… First time she is away from home for that long. 4 nights! She was not worried at all. She´s my rock star. Or something else kool, calm and collected. (Maybe that´s not the foremost connotations to the concept of a rock star, now I think about it but. Anyways).

There are a lot of things happening in my life now. We had great success with Diversity-day on the 17. of June. Must remember to write a post about that sometime soon. Lots of children and their families came, and the atmosphere was so warm and friendly. Really moved me. Musicians, Syrian food… games for adults and kids together… yeah… must tell that story in full later.

And I have finished the intro course of my soul midwife education. I shall do the rest of the course this autumn, is the plan. Together with one of my dear fellow students from Githa Ben-David´s vocal sound therapy course. I will go be a volunteer at the local hospice, as part of this education. I have contacted a lady I know vaguely, and asked her to help me join the hospice, because I know she works there now. She said yes! It will really help me, to have her support. We have a date set for meeting in August. Well chuffed about that.

Also, one late night, suddenly I could see that my mother had called me! I sent her an sms saying I could see she´d called, and I hoped it wasn´t bad news… she doesn´t normally call me late unless something is seriously urgent… she replied to my sms saying no, no bad news, she just wanted to tell me she had decided to give me and my two sisters a big wad of money each! As a part of our inheritance after our father who died some years ago…

I have lived on a very small economy these last 5 years. So…. YEEEAAAAHHHHHH….. !!!!!! The thought of all that money in my account just…. aaaaaahhhhh…… what a relief and a joy, man…… I immediately decided to start the soul midwife course, and I found out that I want to get myself a proper bicycle. I have made do with a second hand, uncomfortable one for years. I miss my old cruiser that died on me in… 2011? So I went to town. Found out what brand has the best rep when it comes to cruiser bikes. Electra! Oh me oh my (there´s a light in the sky…” Steve Hillage, on the Green album…)

Yup. This morning the Electra helmet that I ordered from Germany, arrived on my very doorstep, delivered by two handsome young men, actually. Hah. It is a black helmet with a white no.8 on the side. Also, there are white race track squares at the back of it. They did not show on my computer screen! But ok. Can I live with it? Yes I can live with it. No sweat. Hahahahaha…..

 

The number 8 is my favourite number, and it´s the mathematical sign for endlessness / infinity. It can also symbolize balance, I read. Taking the good with the bad. So. A Straight8 it is. As Electra have named this helmet. 🙂

I think I will post the photo of the bike as the top illustration. Then it can also symbolize movement, moving into the new, as the tarot deck position no. 6 is, in the Celtic cross…

(I have done 3 tarot readings this last week or so! Out of the blue. For two of my closest friends here,  who both suggested it themselves, and for my husband. Very interesting indeed. Been quite a while since I I used my decks. Suddenly 3 readings in a week. Wicked).

What else… Oh yes. Around the same time as my mom told me about this …. downpour of dough on my lucky head…. I was watching a free 9 hour long brainathon with John Assaraf on Facebook…. He is a hotshot from the film The Secret…. and with him on the screen stood lots of different brain scientists, neuro-scientists, coaches, all recommending his course…. And I actually decided to invest in it! Which was not cheap. But it is all about changing my money story, with use of self hypnosis, guided meditations, exercises…. supporting my brain change with audios, videos and a facebook community, in changing the way I think about and deal with, money in my life…. I´m in the third week now, and I am absolutely LOVING it. I have worked with self hypnosis about money stories and many other things, by myself, for a couple of years already, using free videos on Youtube. Abraham Hicks… Michael Sealey… many many. But yeah. I feel so empowered that I could choose this for myself! It enthuses me, and I already feel new motivations building up, becoming aware of stuff… As a newly educated hypnotist, it also gives me a lot to hear this programme of top quality hypnosis audios… I realize there is a lot to learn still for me on that score. Great to test this out on my own brain/mind. Looking forward to attracting abundance more and more every waking hour for the rest of my life. Hahaha….. Not a bad affirmation that. Maybe something to add to my anchor.

The rest of the money from my beloved mom, will probably go to my student loan bank. I saw today they have written me a reply to my last application. I will read it tomorrow. But at least I will then be able to pay them off a few months, before the bill is stacked on top of our other household bills… Yes. Moving on up, love´s all that matters… (another theme song, I´m like a radio station tonight…)!

What else is there? Oh yes. Well. Two things. Both a bit secret for now. But I have a great vision developing, together with my good friend here on the island. A social experiment. We are working on a project description and will try to find forces to join us in this process, that could become a great adventure, and a win win for several  central local parties in our community…

The other secret news, is… hmmmm how to tell it without telling it…. No. I think I will actually have to wait with that one. But I will tell you soon. It will be out in the open on Friday. Mindblowing for me. It has happened very suddenly, and it will… be fun, cost a lot of energy but also give me lots of energy, insight and new learnings, new relationships in an exciting teamwork….

Yeah. Friday this thing will be official. And Saturday we jump in the car, my hubby, our 3 kids and I,  and go to Norway for 20 days. First a week at our close friends´ in Bergen, then a week at my mom´s place, then my mom and her man holds a big party at my aunt´s place by the waterfall at the innermost bay of the Åkra fjord… from there we will then drive across the mountain (takes 6 hours, if not 8), down to Oslo, to another close and dear friend of mine and her lovely family, and from there we sail on home…

So this week, I´m just getting ready. Hanging out with the two kids that are still at home. Receiving a sound client tomorrow and a hypnosis client Thursday. Packing. Washing clothes. Buying presents to bring with us. Listening to my money story audios. And waiting for my new fantastic bike to be delivered to my door. I must remember to order those 2 books about soul midwifery, but probably better if I wait ´till we get back from the trip.

Lucky is my middle name. As I always say. I am so right about this!

🙂

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Diversity-Day # 2

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The annual cultural event with focus on children and their families, is here again for the second time.

The ngo “The Incredibles”, where I am a proud member, started on 8.of March 2014, and last year we could finally show our ideas in real action. A day in celebration of our local community on this little island of Fanoe, population 3000. We invite every citizen and every ngo to participate in creating a wonderful day of fun, giving centre stage to the local children and youth.

This year we have a family team competition, we have crocket and petanque, the riding club, One wheel bicyclists, a dance group that will teach and perform, we have skaterkids who will show us some tricks and spraypaint their skating ramps on the day, if the school manages to set it in motion for the date of 17.of June…

We have a cafe, where some of the Syrian women from our Red Cross women´s cafe will bring some dishes for us to sell… We have a Syrian troubadour as well who will come sing and play for us, we have local musicians as well, we have cakes and coffee in our big party tent…
We will play baseball, adults against kids probably, and we have rented sumo wrestling outfits, adults and kids sizes, so we can play some interesting soccer wearing them. Meanwhile all these ballgames go on, local performance artist (And member of The Incredibles), Ragnhild Kallehauge, will be storytelling in our new “Memory Garden” which recently has been created for the citizens suffering from Alzherimer´s disease… Yes, we proudly present a programme that has thought about all ages and nationalities, all genders and weirdotypes, that can possibly be living here, making our island such a wonderful place to live our lives. 🙂

You can see photos and videos from last year´s Diversity Day on our facebook page: “Foreningen De Utrolige på Fanø”. If you drop by there, please give us a like. It cheers us up and cheers us on, to keep meeting monthly in order to organize this yearly feelgood-factor. (One can also become a member of The Incredibles, for a very small, symbolic lump of money. Find our email address on our Facebook page, and ask for our bank account number).

I will leave it at this, and return after the day is finished with more info. Hurray for diversity, thank Goodness we are all different, or else life would be incredibly boring!

This photo is from a race we did last year. I can see we are lacking in stills from last year´s Diversity-day on our facebook page. More videos, and stills from the preparations. I will try to take more stills this year. And hopefully someone else can do some photography as well… This photo was taken by a guest; Niels Christian Nielsen.

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One week into Vietnam fortnight

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Hi guys

We are half way through our two weeks in Vietnam, and I’m writing from a sunbed in the shade by the little pool in the honestay where we live, in Hoi an, called “the tailor town”.

Is it only one week since we arrived in Hanoi?! It has been intense days, filled to brim with impressions.
Let me make a list, to try and organize my thoughts a bit:

1. The streets of Hanoi, full of scooters and cars, beeping horns twice a second for no apparent reason, scooters parked on all pavements so one has to climb over them or risk life by walking at the edge of the road… all the exhaust, mixed with weird smells from rice pancake and noodle restaurants, everywhere people sitting on tiny plastic stools, drinking tea, cooking on stoves……. birthday party ornament street, music instrument street, buikders’ equipment street…. So foreign and interesting, frustrating and fascinating all at once.

2. Our hotel we chose from home, Lucky Guesthpuse Hotel no.2, was a gem. Not due to placement on busy street (though in theory walking distance to the lake and placed in the old town), the room was small but clean and two double beds plus a single was comfortable. But it was a gem because the staff was just so friendly and fun, joking with eachother and with us and the kids, and helping us out with taxis, finding good prices on things, booking a tour fornus to the Halong Bay, and getting us tickets on the night train to Hoi an… all the time with a big smile and positive energy.

3. The joy when we found good food! Not all Vietnamese food is like in their restaurants in Scandinavia. Rice pancakes…. no thanks. At least not the way it was served in that cafe we visited. It hasn’t been easy to find smoothies and fresh mixed fruit juices here either, which we enjoy so much in Thailand. My 5-yearold is developing an addiction to coca cola, which they never get at home. But luckily, fruit drinks do exist. We found them at the White Lotus in Hanoi. And on the menu last night, in the first restaurant we went to in Hoi An.

4. Ps, most of the Vietnamese food is truely delicious. We went into a small place where there was no English on the menu and no English talked by the waitors, but they used google translate on their phones, and we pointed at a picture of a meal, and were served a wonderful meal with lots of small unknown dishes that we shared, whilst giggling with the young waitors, who also played with the kids while they waited for the adults to finish eating… so. No worries.

5. 2 nights sailing tour in Halong Bay
……. I dont’t know where to begin really…… A wooden ship, a group of stranger passengers meeting and getting to know eachother – I have 6-7 of them now as facebook friends…. we did… we visited a cave… and the Titop island beach. We had great meals on board the big ship and a snaller transport ship between mothership and event spots… we did kayacking and saw many big eagles… we visited Monkey Island where we fed them nuts which they came and took out of our hands… we visited big arts and crafts workshops where handicapped people had a workplace, and they made beautiful things out of silk, jade, wood, ceramics, porcelain, stone sculptures, clothes jewellery from gem stones…….. we… had a most fantastic evening drinking free Vietnamese beer and us 3 mamas on board ended up having a karaoke session! Hahaha….. oh yeah and the squid fishing by night…. And the cooking class where they taught us how to make rice paper spring rolls… The communication in hyper fast Vietnamese-pidginEnglish, which always left us passengers look at eachother and laugh because all our faces looked like big question marks, none of us knew what the message had been about and we learnt to just say “oh, we’ll just wait and see”; because the guides clearly knew what they were doing, it was just us that were confused and bewildered from the many messages that didn’t mean what they seemed to mean… actually a plus in the tour once I realized I could relax and it wasn’t necessary for me to understand their messages…

6. After Halong Bay we stayed a night in our Lucky room again. Out for a meal and enjoying peace and quiet in our room.
Next day we were to travel by train 8 pm until 1 pm following day, to Danang, and then bus one hour to Hoi An.
So we packed and left our luggage at the hotel, went out and found lunch in the fantastic White Lotus, then spent an hour in bicycle taxis around Huan Kiem Lake and around the French quarter, so peaceful to be in the scary Hanoi traffic in that slow motion bike sofa… both my little kids fell asleep one on each side of me there, people on the pavements and on scooters smiling at the sight of us…

Oh my God! I inserted photos from the phone!!
I couldn’t do that last time, in the post about Thailand.
Oh well.

Like I said, if you befriend me, there are many photos to see on my facebook wall. Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen. I accept strangers into my facebook circle as long as they are not spambots, and they behave politely. I have unfriended 2-3 people through the years of this practice, but the rest have proven to be real, and polite people, so. I enjoy getting to know new people. Send me a message along with the request and all is fine.

Where was I? Oh yeah, on that rickshaw.
We stopped at an ice cream cafe by the lake, then went into a shopping center and bought loads of foodstuffs, took a rickshaw back to Lucky ansd got our luggage and they called for a taxi. At the train station two men offered to help with suitcases, and off to the right traon we went.

7. The night train was great. Kids climbing on the bunk beds, making up games together. Lovely sounds and movements, this old train had. And exciting landscapes, water buffaloes and buikdings floating by our window. We slept well and ate all our fruits and sandwhiches and strange sweets…

8. Now we are here in Hoi An. Very hot after just 22 degrees in Hanoi. The homestay lets us borrow bikes, so soon now we’re off to the beach, 15 minutes bike ride from here. Later into the old town for dinner. 10 minutes in opposite direction.
The breakfast is included, and it is the best one we have had in Vietnam so far. Even fresh milk for the coffee, instead of that cream sirup from tins most use.
Fresh fruits, pancakes in different versions, eggs, noodles and rice, toast with cheese, dishes to order, juice…
It really lifts the day to start off on such a lovely meal.
I will find theirnfacebook page and give them some praise and share their link on my wall.

Right. Gotta dip into that pool now, I’m boiling. Not sure biking to the beach will be a pleasure with the traffic and the heat. Prefer a taxi. But my husband is Danish and sporty, I doubt he will agree now he finally gets to ride a bike again, hahaha…. some times we just divide. i take a rickshaw, and he walks. The kids choose who to go home with.

Yeah… so many things I could talk baput, inspired by this trip. But now I need to cool off.

Splash!

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2 weeks in Thailand

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Dear reader

I’m lying on my bed in Sinsuvarn hotel in Bangkok. Arrived yesterday from Koh Chang, flying to Hanoi this afternoon to enjoy two weeks in Vietnam before we head back home to our everyday tasks and chores.

I haven’t had much time online. A quick facebook update when in a wifi area, that’s all. Wish I could copy the facebook updates over here, with photos and comments… But. Anyways.

The past two weeks have been lovely. Got to spend some time with my bonus son, his wife and our two little grandsons. Such a treat to create family memories on holiday together, in no one’s home.

Other than beach play, pool dips, ice creams and wonderful meals, we’ve done a bit of colourful clothes shopping, and had three days of snorkling on Koh Kood. We have connected with fellow travellers from Quebec, Switzerland, Mexico and Austria, and with some really wonderful, fun Thai receptionists.

Like Ning at the Nirvana Resort:

Hmmm… I have now spent an hour trying to upload photos of Ning. I give up. The wifi is too slow, and the mobile format of wordpress makes it hard as well.

I think I have to wait until I’m home with photos… or maybe I have another go in Vietnam somewhere.

Anyways. I notice that it is good for me to reduce my internet access to free wifi zones only. A lot less thoughts in my head. Very unwinding. I think I shall try to keep this new habit when I get home.

The kids learn a lot. To deal with strangers approaching them, by giving a short reply in English or Thai. Meeting other kids,playing in spite of language barriers. Tasting new foods, ordering from a menu… The bonds between them strengthening as they help eachother and spend all this time together…

Yawn… Sorry… Bit tired after the long journey yesterday. 10 hours, in various taxis, ferry and buses… Heat is quite extreme, and luggage though not heavy, bothersome…

What have I enjoyed the most in Thailand?

1. The sounds of the jungle and the sea
2. Revisiting our favourite resort Blue Lagoon
3. The tastes and aromas of food and air
4. Oh the heat. To be really warmed up to the core.
5. Seeing my kids very happy together
6. The quality extended family time, bonding closer with my grandkids
7. Bangkok, hustle, bustle, shopping and tuktuk with Pinai
8. The amazing feeling of going into a cool pool when overheated
9. The weird wonderful fruits, and the fruit shakes
10. Learning something new all the time.

When I get my financial side of life together, I will definetely spend more time travelling. Ideally a couple of months every winter, and maybe a six month stretch around Asia…
Kids look forward to going home to their friends now, though. Haha…
I want to visit Nepal, Laos, Cambodia, Myan Mar. Hawaii. San Fransisco maybe. Namibia. Barbados. Indonesia. Melanesia.

Think that’s the most important places for me. For the buddhist atmosphere which I find so peacefully all-embracing… for the healing traditions of f.ex. the big kahunas, their ho’oponopono…
For the Kung! San people of the Kalahari…
I loved my studies in socisl anthropology. Should do my master and go on fieldwork one day maybe…

And now I am here. In two hours they take us to the airport. Four hours flight and we land in Hanoi where we have never been before.

What do I expect?
As little as possible. Expecting positive surprises as I do in general in life. Expecting adventure and challenges we solve. I hope they are friendly and helpful like the Thais. The food is lovely, I have been to Vietnamese restaurants in Norway. I hope they sell clothes similar to here in Bangkok, as I need a new wardrobe! I hope to visit the tailor town Hoi An and be able to get myself a suit handsown!
And with their rugged coastline I expect there will be little beach time and hence a need to go for places with a pool when we look for places to stay…

Yeah. I shall try and write you from Vietnam. Can’t promise photos though. If you befriend me on Facebook, there’s loads of photos there. Only visible to friends. Just send me a message along with the friend request, I accept strangers into my facebook friend circle as long as they are not spambots, and they behave politely.

Let me try to upload a heading image, and go join my gang in the pool outside. Have a happy day out there on this our blue planet.

Pop gan mai!
(=See u later)!

Aha! Managed to upload photo. Let me push my luck and try to give u one more then, here at the end of today’s little story:

Aaaarrrggghhh! No can do. Trying to upload one of all five of us on top of two elephants taken two days ago, but doesn’t seem uploadable. Strange. Maybe rule is different for the “set featured image then, than for inserting into post.
Anyways.
Pop gan mai and mai pen rai (=no problem, never mind).
Wow, it rhymes!!
My first poem in Thai! Yeeaahh!

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Into the Known Unknown

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Love that title that just typed itself there. Haha. This post should be about dying. Returning Home, back into the Light where I was before I was born into this fleshness… 🙂 Into the Known Unknown…

Anyways. That is not what I meant by the known unknown here now. This post is about me getting ready for an adventure. We are flying Sunday, to Bangkok. Two weeks on the island of Koh Chang that we know, we were there for 2 months in 2013. But although Thailand is known to us, it is still mostly unknown. And after two weeks there, we fly on to Hanoi and spend two weeks in Vietnam. Where we have never been before. So that is unknown.

Hm. The title for this post is marvellous, but it probably deserves a better … text following such a great headline. (Is my humble opinion). Anyways.

Here´s a couple pictures from my Facebook profile, from our last trip to Thailand, 4 years ago:

The Blue Lagoon Resort. We are going back to that resort.

View from inside the one room hut.

Self portrait in the hut´s bathroom.

The reception area. My son, 10 months old.

Another hut, same resort, where we also stayed a handful nights. Higher standard than the ones on the river. More spacious and better beds. Built and decorated by artists from different countries, The Blue Lagoon Resort is like a small, alternative minded community. Thai people and French, live there all year, and develope the site.

Klong Prao beach, where we hung out most of our time at Koh Chang.

Morning, heading for place to find breakfast…

Lots of splash time.

My then 2-yearold Viola shot this close-up of jewellery sold on the beach.

Afternoon resort chill.

On Koh Kood. Wonderful Cambodian waitors and our three little treasures.

One of our houses at Koh Wai (Pakarang resort)

View from the restaurant at Koh Wai.

The beach, Koh Wai.

My eldest, Lava, then 8. Happy. So many amazing memories. She is extremely chuffed we are going back to Thailand.

All the beautiful temples… This one was on the east coast of Koh Chang.

Viola skipping in the zodiac…

Getting transported from one island to another…

Back on Koh Chang. Elephant ride in the jungle. Unforgettable.

Nap time. 🙂

Typical meal time. Order anything. Enjoy immensely. Pay very little. So NICE!!

Sunset on Koh Kood.

Oh yeah…. We are leaving in two days. Suitcases are being packed, last errands run. I have to go make my son a cup of tea now, I just picked him up from kindergarten. Speak to u again soon, I hope! Depending on wifi on the trip, but. Yeah.

Toodle-ooooo and au revoir!
Kop kun ka for reading my blog.
(Thai word for thank you. If you are female.
If you are male, to say thank you, you say “Kop kun krap”).

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