Long time no see, London Diary Part 1

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Long time, no see.. Actually, so long time that I need to  skip one year when changed my age on a profile description…

Of course, a lot has happened during the silence on this site, including skateboarding. I am afraid the progress has not been that massive. A few weeks ago someone asked if I I have just started to skate… Well, I don’t mind how it looks like, the point is how it feels, and how it makes me feel.

I decided to re-active this site for various reasons. To be involved with skateboarding even in those moments when not skating myself, to keep up the habit of writing, to keep up writing in English, to be active – and hopefully also to motivate someone who might be hesitating to jump up on a skateboard: if I can do it, so can you 🙂

This first burst of posts will be a diary of my current  Easter break visit in London. It is also long time no see for this this city. Last time was early summer 2018, when took part of the first ever academic skateboarding conference Pushing Boarders at the Bartlett School of Architecture and House of Vans, London. You can read about it and follow all talks from here:  https://www.pushingboarders.com/2018

This time I came to London as my old cat friend Rollo needed a company over the holidays, so me, my skateboard and sport clothes arrived here on Friday afternoon.

Via Instagram I saw the Keep Pushing Podcast was having their beginners session at the Meanwhile skate park in North London. So there I went.

Keep Pushing Podcast is a community around 40 skaters, led by Rae Smith. Keep Pushing Podcast promotes diversity in the skateboarding community. Activities include for example Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37-7UU1kok0 , weekly skate sessions open for anyone. They welcomed me very warmly even all were busy with their drop-in attempts. Me shy as I can be in a new place and company stayed on low part of the bowl practising kick-turns and just adjusting my body back to London. The whole atmosphere in Meanwhile was fab, everyone supporting each others, including the good skaters giving space to newbies. After I left, was thinking I wish I would have skated back then when was living in London, as then my love-hate relationship with this mad massive city would have been more on the love-side.

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Ready to go. Alongside skating will attend somatic dance lessons over here, will write about that too.

 

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New skate friends at Meanwhile skateparks.

 

 

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