For the next stage of the OPOL Project, we are in the Danish forests once again, this time in Virum. One of the coolest things about this project is meeting new people, learning about their interests and also visiting new places. I'm a major forest junkie so to explore in new forest territory is always exciting.
Meet Bjarke Blangsted, a smiling cheerful mountain biker who I originally met when planning a trip to Iceland. He is the owner of Outside Travel, a travel agency that specialises in Icelandic holidays. It was during an Iceland holiday planning meeting that we started talking about the OPOL Project and he mentioned that he is a mountain biker and would be happy to participate in the project. I'm not one to turn down an opportunity so of course, I said 'Yes' and here we are. Enjoy some images of Bjarke playing around on his bike and trying not to run me over.
Virum has a fantastic forest that Bjarke regularly rides in. It was my first time in this forest and I was surprised how big it was with some great mountain bike tracks and snazzy jump/tricks area. The weather was glorious and made for some great photo opportunities.
As I have done with all the participants, Bjake kindly answered a few questions about himself and his favourite outdoor activity.
Q: What sports/activities do you enjoy?
Q: What is it about your sports/activities you enjoy the most?
A: Being outside and enjoying the forest while exercising.
Q: How many times a week do you take part in your sport/activity?
Q: Do you belong to any groups or clubs?
Q: Do you take part in any events linked to your sport/activity?
A: Yes, races and holidays.
Q: What impact does the environment you train in have on you?
A: It gives me energy. Being outdoors is the best!
Huge thanks to Bjarke, not only was he awesomely flexible to my image requests but it was a great experience to explore in his territory and get to know him a bit more.
Thank you for reading this post, my hope is that I can inspire people to connect with nature more in their daily lives. It is healthy for our minds to get outside and be amongst trees, listen to birds sing, notice rustling in the leaves on the ground, spot something new you've never seen before, so I encourage anyone who feels the pressure of life to take a short walk each day in nature. Breath and let everything go, let nature heal you.
If you haven't been following the 'One Plant, One Life' project, maybe take a few moments to read the other articles featured in my blog.
Here's to nature and all its beauty.