Sightseeing Pont du Gard

Wivan in front of Pont du Gard

Wivan in front of Pont du Gard

The other afternoon we went for a little sightseeing in the rain. This was amazing, really. The place is called Pont du Gard and is located about 25 minutes west of Avignon. It’s an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River and is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

It's a huge bridge/aqueduct

It’s a huge bridge/aqueduct

This time we didn’t get into the museum, though we’ve heard it’s a really nice one. But the outside part of the place, the actual aqueduct is worthwhile just by itself.

We crossed the bridge and got over to the other side

We crossed the bridge and got over to the other side

 

It's amazing to see the old building, and to think of how it's been done

It’s amazing to see the old building, and to think of how it’s been done

 

Anders and Wivan in the rain

Anders and Wivan in the rain

 

Three stories high

Three levels

 

We did find a path to go up alongside one side of the bridge

We did find a path to go up alongside one side of the bridge

 

Beautiful view of the bridge and the river

Beautiful view of the bridge and the river

 

Stairs...

Stairs…

 

The path got closer and closer

The path got more and more narrow

 

Picture-view

Picture-view

 

Beautiful setting in the park around Pont du Gard

Beautiful setting in the park around Pont du Gard

 

 

Fresh air + workout = true

Us in the middle of an outside working day

In the middle of an outside working day

 

We finished the painting of a room in about two days, and yesterday was mostly about picking up the other Workaway/Helpx-couple and some sightseeing. Today we got started in another project at our current Workaway-host’s place. Outdoors, since the sun was shining and it seemed to be really  nice weather. (But it kept raining on and off throughout the day…)

Anders and the other guy got into the pond to clean it up

Anders and the other guy got into the pond to clean it up (the dog wasn’t in though)

 

And Wivan and the other woman did some helping from the side, and carried all the wedges and stuff away.

Even if it's fair temperature in the air, the water was cold...

Even if it’s fair temperature in the air, the water was cold…

Anders was lucky to get the pair of so called water proof pants that wasn’t leaking…

 

Teamwork at its best

Teamwork at its best

 

This is what water filled "water tight" pants look like after a dip in the pond

This is what water filled “water proof” pants look like after a dip in the pond

 

Happy after getting up :-)

Happy after getting up 🙂

 

This was a great team-work assignment and we had lots of fun doing it.

Wivan figured it wasn't meant for her to get in...

Wivan figured it wasn’t meant for her to get in…

 

Shoes that were brand new only weeks ago...

Shoes that were brand new only weeks ago…

 

And our host treated us very well, as always, and got some fresh croissants and pain au chocolat for a break by the fireplace afterwards.

This is what Workaway looks like sometimes

This is what Workaway looks like sometimes 🙂

 

Tomorrow we’ve been asked to paint another room, since the hosts are so pleased with our painting work the other day. Let’s get too it!

Paintaway

We’v started our “Workaway-careers” as painters.

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Good we got lots of experience from painting our own house

This really is a first for us, and we enjoy trying it out. The people we’re staying with are very sweet and caring and the place is beautiful.

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Anders and one of the dogs

To us, the two dogs are a real bonus!

Tomorrow another Workaway couple will come to stay and do some work. We’re hereby expanding our travelling network which is cool.

There are so many people in this world, and so many life stories to hear. It’s exciting!

Sunday morning inspiration

Toulouse (1)

In the car

 

After a three and a half hour drive yesterday, we arrived in Toulouse last night and checked in at a small Best Western Hotel in the city center. It’s such a nice treat to stay a night in a hotel after our first “official” house sitting assignment on the countryside of the Dordogne.

The Capitole square in Toulouse - a little bit like Malmö ;-) Picture: international.isae.fr

The Capitole square in Toulouse – a little bit like Malmö 😉
Picture: international.isae.fr

 

On the way to Toulouse

On the way to Toulouse

This afternoon we’re heading east, to the area around Nimes to do our first Workaway session with a family. Since this is another first for us, we’re reading up a bit on what Workaway is, how it works etc. And it really strucks how well the thoughts behind this website and “matching service” is matching our thoughts on life and the world. Especially Anders is talking a lot about this after hearing doubtful and scared thoughts from others before we left Sweden.

Any interaction we have with other humans depends on trust, whether we are driving along a motorway or leaving all our valued possessions in a hotel room. Travel tests our capacity to trust others to the max. Being a long way from home, we rely on others to show us the ropes and re-direct us when we get lost. In fact it would be impossible to leave our homes unless we had an implicit trust in the rest of the human race…or the majority of them.

Workaway works on trust!

From the Workaway website.

After reading this particular part of the website, it feels even more compelling to try out the Workaway-way of living. And hopefully do good work and get some new knowledge and meetings with people along the way.

Looking forward to update you all on how it’s working. Thanks for reading!

// Anders & Wivan

Place du Capitole, Toulouse. Nighttime and lots of people!

Place du Capitole, Toulouse. Nighttime and lots of people!

 

Downtown Toulouse Saturday night

Downtown Toulouse Saturday night

 

Sunday breakfast at Best Western Hotel Athenee

Sunday breakfast at Best Western Hotel Athenee

 

Workaway

Until now, we’ve used the website Trustedhousesitters.com to find ads and sign up for different house sits around Europe (and Egypt). About a month ago a friend showed us the page workaway.info where travellers and hosts meet for matching and the basics is that someone can apply for an open spot at a hosts place and get to stay and eat for free in exchange for 4-5 hours of work per day.

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Workaway logo and the world map

 

The type of work differs a lot depending on the host – it can be anything from cooking to baby sitting and building, to volunteering, working with guests at a resort and making breakfast at a B&B. Anything really.

So, we searched the workaway-site to fill a gap between two house sits, and found a match! We’ve e-mailed with them back and forth,will talk to them tomorrow, but already made up our minds. On Sunday we’ll join their family to see what we can help out with around their home and the Bed and Breakfast they run.

Workaway webpage

Workaway webpage

It really is great to be able to use these websites in order to find open minded people, to see the reviews they’ve gotten from former visitors and to connect and see if there might be a match between the two of us.

Both hosts and travellers/workawayers get to create their own profile, describing the assignment or who they are, can upload pictures and add whatever information or details that might be useful to the other part. Like a matchmaking site with a work/living purpose. 😉

Do you have any experience from other useful webpages for travellers?

// Anders & Wivan

Gratitude list

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Sunshine is back!

* Sunshine
* Time together
* Loving friends and family
* Great technology
* Yoga mat
* Fresh air
* Wonderful food and local produce
* Ability to say ‘hi’ and ‘thank you’ in French
* High quality clothes and shoes
* Laughter
* Open minds and acceptance
* Good movies
* Music
* Interesting people and caring hosts

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Drying up after some rainy days

That’s the start of today’s list!