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Daniel’s Diary: IK Skovbakken Debut and Lara Visiting

Hello Ladies and Gents,

It’s me once again and I must first apologize for not giving you any updates last couple of weeks. Well this was due to a very busy time table and though I tried hard to give you my update, I couldn’t make it. Well these have been some of the best weeks I had till now. The cooperation and synergy between the students here seems to continue to develop and there was such a nice atmosphere here. The peak of these couple of weeks was last Friday when Lara came to visit me for the weekend 🙂 It was such a lovely weekend and it had been something I missed a lot. Handball wise I also had my debut over here in Denmark where I played for IK Skovbakken. My performance was quite ok taking in consideration that it was my first match in a totally different game type. I felt well and I feel I can continue to develop and mature in the game. I also had some more games with Skovbakken now where I played both in Serie 1 and 3rd Division. I am aiming to continue on developing and continue to do well in my games and training. The possibilities here in Denmark are great and I am willing to continue to find my opportunities here.
A week ago, it started with kitchen duty as my students group has to help in the meals here. We are to prepare tables, forks, knives, cups and bring out food for all the students here. It is nice to help the others and work as a team as it facilitates the work and also being of service to others means that everyone cares for each other. Also on Wednesday we had a nice trip where I got to know more about myself and apart from that I appreciated more the small things in life. Before doing this trip however, on Wednesday morning I had training with SK Aarhus (ladies professional team). It was quite nice to train with them and to see a different perspective of doing sports as a job and not only as a passion or hobby.
This week some of the students went on a trip to La Santa, Spain and we who stayed here had a bit of different programme but still an intense one. Last Friday we had laser games and roller hockey which went quite well. In the weekend I had 2 matches with IK Skovbakken. I also am participating in Movember and although I felt weird, it is a nice thing to raise awareness on men’s cancer 🙂
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Monday started with a tough fitness and agility session where we had cross-fit and a 12 station circuit which was well prepared and physically stressing but satisfying to complete. We also had handball training and I feel that I am getting more used to the Danish way of playing handball where most of it is based on fast-paced handball and team moves. The plan of this week consists of a friendly against a school team here in Aarhus and some more physical exercises and handball training. Also on Wednesday we should have a run through the city of Aarhus where we should also have a cultural experience of the city which will be the Capital City for Culture in 2017 (a year ahead of Valletta). Other activities should be preparation of games for people who are less physically able and also training again with SK Aarhus ladies professional team.
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Well I am also keeping updated with you in Malta. I know that it started raining down there but I am sure it is not as cold as here. I am also keeping updated about handball and though the boys didn’t have the nicest of finishes to  the MHA Cup, I am sure that you will be able to bounce back and work hard to achieve more wins in the league as you very well did in the first league match. The girls I know that you will do well and give some good performances and I know that the nursery also started with their games so I wish them luck.
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Next week I will continue to update you more on my life here and will give a sum up of the first 2 months here in Denmark and how this week went. Well it is always nice to hear from you too also so I am open for anyone who wants to chat.
I wish you all the best and hope that we can hear each other soon.
Dani #12

 

 

Daniel’s Diary: Settling In Denmark

So here is the round up of my 2nd week in Denmark.

I must say that I am adapting to the routine and I am settling in well with the mates here attending the sports high school. The weekend started at around 1400hrs where we have what is called the Go Weekend or Cultural Friday assembly. It was quite a nice assembly and we are always singing songs here in these assemblies both in Danish and English so when I’ll be back I’ll start singing for you ( Believe me you wouldn’t want it 😛 ) Anyways in the night there is a kind of in-house party and it was a superhero theme and so those who wanted could have worn costumes. Obviously being my first week I didn’t have anything prepared and I did like half of the people and just went there wearing as smart man 😛

Anyways Saturday soon rolled on and though being relaxed it also offered me some new amazing handball experience. In the afternoon some of us in the handball academy went to see SK Aarhus, a ladies team in the women’s elite division in Denmark. The level was very high and SK Aarhus dominated the game. This team is also coached by one of our academy coaches, Jesper Holmris, so it was nice to see him on the bench from an outside point of view. Also in this game a Hungarian player, Ramona Szabo featured. She used to be an academy student when Joseph was in Denmark so it was kind of an inspiration for me that here I can learn a lot. In the evening we also played some fun mini handball which I believe is a very fun and physical demanding game. Sunday was also quite relaxed and we had an individual technique handball session by 2 students who are developing their coaching skills here in the academy and then I joined the Canadians and 2 of the Japanese guys in a lunch in downtown Aarhus and then it was followed by a small visit to a bar where we celebrated Janel Rogiani’s (Canadian girl) birthday.

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The week soon started and obviously it was again hard work. During the week I had a test in the gym where I had to see the maximum weights I lift for different body parts. Now I also got my program and I can work on the physical aspect apart from the goalkeeper aspect. The week followed on with the normal 4 handball sessions and other classes such as the Danish Team Coaching Class and the Danish Language Lessons apart from the assemblies and other activities we have. Also this week I had a trial in a 2nd division club, Skovbakken where I trained with them both Tuesday and Thursday so we will see how I faired with them. On a positive note also, internet connection seems to have gotten better at least in the common area and I am very happy that most of you wrote to me and sorry if I sometimes reply late.

I wish you all the best for this weekend’s games and I am sure you will all do well. Just keep fighting till the end no matter what and keep believing in yourself and in your teammates. Hope I will receive some positive messages and feedback from your performances. I will be supporting you from here and I will be wearing the polo shirt you gave me for support

Daniel

Wish you all the best, loads of affection and best regards to all of you and your families…

Kom nu Luxol !! ——>   Come on Luxol !!

Dani #12