Changes… Then What?

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” ~Goethe

Dealing with changes, big as small, is part of the privilege being homo sapiens. It’s totally individual how you cope with tales in your life ending – adjustment, processing, learning, exploring – it all depends on how you acknowledge and see these changes. For better or worse, it’s our own call.

So why do I bring up this subject? I think I have undergone quite some changes in a short period of time after returning from Australia. I see it as a natural process of traveling and having been away from ‘reality’. Looking at things differently and getting new perspectives on things in life, big as small, is one of the things I love the most by traveling.

Some days you can find yourself strolling around in a dark rainy cloud and small changes can seem like big challenges and hurdles to jump – and some bright days you can take on the World yourself! I guess it’s part of being human to have some ‘flaws’ – that’s what makes us unique.

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Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite writers and have some good positive insights on life I think. He have a great spiritual gift and occasionally he write some inspirational thoughts on his blog. I found this short article a while ago and I think it has some good points to focus on and that you can implement to most facets in your life.

Closing Cycles, by Paulo Coelho

One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.
 Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?
 You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened.

You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that.
 But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister. 
Everyone is finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.

Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away.

That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home.

Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place. 
Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them.

Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.
 Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood.

Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the “ideal moment.”

Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. 
Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.
 This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.

Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust.

Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.

-Paulo Coelho

One Love.
Daniel

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My Australia Travel Photos

I finally got through all my thousands of photos and got them sorted out. All the photos are taken with GoPro Hero2 and no editing have been made. These are some of my favorites. Bon appetit ;)

PS: Next time I will have a video ready for you guys!

Farewell Australia

Dear friends, family, foes and future fellows,

My first Australian folktale has now reached and end and I am safe and sound back in brisky cool Denmark. I would like to begin with thanking everyone who made this trip possible for me. Family, friends, classmates, teachers and of course all the friendly fellow travellers I have met on the road the past few months – it wouldn’t have been the same trip without you all! I feel very fortunate and privileged to have been able to fulfill a lifelong dream of going to Australia – all expectations totally fulfilled!

I returned to Denmark the 23rd of December and went straight to Struer to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Afterwards I returned to Copenhagen and moved in with my grand old friend Benjamin’s casa. A lot still needs to be done but I got a bed now nonetheless.

It’s been a very fast paced week with, jetlag, valium backfire from the flight, influenza and my head spinning around with all the lovely people around me, so I do look forward to take it down a notch for a couple of days before going back to school on Friday.

I want to share with you some photos and videos from my trip but I haven’t had time (or energy) to sort them out yet – there are HEAPS – but I promise I will share them as soon as I got them sorted out.

I look very much forward to the new challenges 2013 will bring and I can’t wait getting back to school and get the creativity flowing again. I will start getting ready for tonight’s long expected new years eve party with old friends. Stay tuned in for a lot more to come in 2013!

Happy New Year and don’t let the firework hit the fan tonight!
One love,

Daniel

Australia Part #6 – Leaving Melbourne

Hey guys. I haven’t had much the last month since coming back from New Zealand. School’s been insane but Thursday I finally handed in my last project. I think it have gone really well and I’ve learned loads of stuff on this semester – so it has been totally worth it, school wise at least. Looking back on the past 4 months rushing by quickly as ever I do wish I had gotten more time to see more of Melbourne and Victoria – but I get it’s down to priorities I guess.
Nonetheless I now have almost 2 month of traveling ahead of me to catch up on being a tourist and tomorrow I will head out for Canberra and spend a few days there before hitting Sydney and continuing up towards Cairns. I plan to spend as much time offline as possible to get a break from the sci-fi addictive internet life so I won’t promise any blog updates as I go :)

I lost all my footage from New Zealand when my camera was amongst the stuff that I got stolen, so unfortunately I don’t have much to show from that trip. Luckily I still have my GoPro cam and here is a few snaps from the past few days I spend exploring the last parts of Melbourne I wanted to see.

See you back in Denmark the 23rd of December – stay classy ’till then!

One Love,
Daniel

Australia Part #5 – Adelaide

Adelaide

Spring break have been great so far and yesterday I returned from a 5-day timeout trip to Adelaide. The Overland train ride was about 10 hours and it had a beautiful countryside to show off – definitely worth skipping the plane.
Adelaide City architecture has a 60s-70s feeling and vibe to it – not at all like Melbourne which appear much more modern and 21st century-ish. Really charismatic.

Sunday I spend walking around the inner city and some of the older buildings of the South Australian University architecture are great. Its is a lovely city with great park life surrounding the inner city and the River Torrens runs through Adelaide from the coast and inland for about 33 kilometers. It’s a really enjoyable walk along the banks (didn’t went all the way!) and it’s a nice convenient break from the busy city life.

Monday morning I took a train north-west out of the city to Glanville and walked to the sea. It was so refreshing to get out of the city and be by the sea. I walked south all day along the beaches down to Glenelg and from there I took a tram home.

On Tuesday I took a bus eastbound out of the city to Crafers and walked up Mount Loftly which is the highest point around Adelaide (710 m.) From the summit there was a great view of Adelaide and the valleys surrounding the city. I went along one of the many hiking trails down the mountain and walked in to the city. It was beautiful scenery with unspoiled nature, waterfalls and wildlife so close to the city and it was lovely to walk back to my hostel through the suburbs.

Adelaide map

It was enjoyable being on the road again – even though it was only for a few days… More to come soon!

Australia Part #4


Finally I could get the time to make a brief update and throw some pictures out there! Things have been real hectic around here lately and it seems rather crazy that I’m almost half way through the semester and project finals coming straight at me with 300 km/h! Things are great – and though there’s tons of school stuff that needs fixing all the time – then I have had a bit of time to enjoy the traveling part of this journey.

So, I’ve been to a three-day camp trip to the Western part of Victoria (the region Melbourne is part of) and saw kangaroos, kangaroos & kangaroos. I also saw a bit of the beautiful “greener”-countryside of Australia, went to some superb winetasting at Seppelt’s, met a lot of (super polite) locals, went to a aboriginal culture center, and got taught a bunch of culture and history of the area (as part of the class trip). I could fit a lot more into that last sentence, but now for the Melbourne part: I’ve been to an AFL game – the thing they call football around these parts. I like the game and it’s like a religion to many people here, but it does not gives them the rights to be calling it football when they are running round with the ball in their hands half the time… Just weird. Not much more exciting adventures to report in at the moment about the life in Melbourne since I pretty much spend time indoor in a 3D world – but life’s good to me and I am absolutely buzzing about being here!

Peace & pictures

<3 Daniel

Australia Part #3


Crickey! Melbourne have been action packed since day one and it’s just an awesome place to be!
After spending less than a week at a hostel I’ve moved into a 2 bdrm. apartment on Lonsdale Street in with Anja & Kristian. It’s nothing fancy but a great location in the city center and only 10 mins. walk to my University.

School’s out! Started Monday last week. Successfully enrolled in two 3D courses and one 2D Animation class. I’ve taken an extra course called ‘Introduction to Australian Society’ – basically it’s designed to deepen your knowledge of Australian history, culture and society. So there’s something to look forward to (and heaps of work on the 3D part ahead!).

Hooroo – og på genhør!

Australia Part #2

Days seems to pass by at double speed in Melbourne. It’s a buzz to be here! I’ve moved into a hostel yesterday hence I haven’t been able to find an accommodation yet. I hope to have something settled in the next few days as my first classes begins tomorrow and it would be nice to have some security on the “home”-front as soon as possible so I can focus on school.
Melbourne is quite expensive – generally about 20-30% more expensive compared to Copenhagen-prices so I might take up a part time job for a few months so I have funds to travel when the semester is finished.
I look forward to starting school tomorrow. It’s gonna be exciting to join a 3D course and learn the Maya software. Hopefully I can get up to speed really quick and create something sick!
There are so many things I would like to see in and about Melbourne and I look forward to getting more time to explore tourist style! Here’s some more photos…

Australia Part #1

Early Thursday morning I arrived in Melbourne after a long 27-hour flight from Copenhagen. My first impression of Melbourne in one word? Awesome! – Above any expectations! The city just got an extremely pleasant and cool vibe about it and is very inspiring and lovely to walk about in – at least the parts I’ve been in so far. I have only been here for 4 days now and I still got shitload to see and experience and I cannot wait to take in more of this amazing and beautiful city!
I am very excited to finally be here and I am looking forward to next week enrollment at RMIT and meeting some of the people I will be studying and spending the next 5 months with.

Oh, and here’s some tourist pictures :)

 

 

 

Todays top5 – inspirational videos

While enjoying a week of relaxing vacation from school, I browsed the web for some inspiration today – nothing in particular, just some neat looking video or something that I didn’t expect. Here’s five I found interesting, or entertaining at least.

Traveling in perfect sync. Wow.

Impressive frame by frame sketch animation – and the song is quite good as well!

Dustin Farrel made this amazing timelapse video capturing our beautiful world in motion. Follow @Dustin_Farrell on Twitter for more eye candy. Remember HD & sound!


Video in motion graphics animated to Trentemøller’s wonderful tune of Miss You – a Danish electronic music producer.

A funny video about creativity.. or not?

Daniel