This kindness kicks ***

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Two eggs, fresh from the chicken house

It’s overwhelming and humbling to recieve all the gifts, help, care and friendly gestures we are met by every day.

Before leaving Sweden, we blogged about how we needed to practice recieving, that we’re more used to giving and now it’s time to accept help and things from others.

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Last weekend we got to go up on a Mountain with friends

So, we’ve thought about this, and have been recieving a lot. Accepting the wonderful fact that people do want to help out, that so many we meet enjoy giving to us and taking us with them to different places.

Last week we were invited for dinner to a couple we’ve only recently met. There was no end to the generosity they showed us, like eating pancakes made from flour, eggs and milk from their own farm for example. Served with whipped cream and jam – also from their farm. And vegetables and meat and liquor and…

Wivan was so excited she got the last two pancakes in a doggy bag for the next day 😉 And we also got to bring a couple of eggs home directly from the chicken house.

It’s also been nice to feel welcome at the local pub evenings where expats and locals meet and have a beer or glass of wine on Friday evenings. Last Friday we brought a new house sitting “colleague” along, so she got to meet some of this generosity as well. Oh, the time before that, the first thing that happened was someone buying us drinks as soon as we walked through the doors!

Anders at a 5-star hotel in Cairo, a treat from our hosts there

Anders at a 5-star hotel in Cairo, a treat from our hosts there

And we’ve been shown around in the area, driven to markets, been given presents and all sorts of wonderful little things. This was truly nothing we expected before we got here, and we had never even imagined anything like it when we were thinking about our house sits and the time we had planned in France or other parts of the world.

We have been giving a lot to others, and now we certainly enjoy recieving all the love, care and help we get. Thanks to everyone – let’s all see what we can give or share with others the coming days.

// Anders & Wivan

12 weeks away

It’s now been 12 weeks since we left Sweden to drive down to the Dordogne area in France for our first house sit as “professionals”. And what a great time we’ve had; many new places, lots of nice people, wonderful food, many laughters, good movies, new words and sayings, lovely houses, sweet and challenging pets…

Let’s just say we’ve gotten a lot of what we were thinking of in beforehand – change and different experiences, new knowledge and a broader view of ourselves, our life and the world at large.

After moving out of our house we stayed in Malmö for a few nights

After moving out of our house we stayed in Malmö for a few nights

Breakfast in front of the pellets burner - it was a cold house we started in

Breakfast in front of the pellets burner – it was a cold French house we started in

One of many great markets in France

One of many great markets in France

Wivan's 36th birthday - a day in Brantôme

Wivan’s 36th birthday – a day in Brantôme

Place du Capitole, Toulouse.  A stop on the way to Nimes

Place du Capitole, Toulouse. A stop on the way to Nimes

Workaway days at a B&B with this sweet dog

Workaway days at a B&B with this sweet dog

And a visit to Pont du Gard

And a visit to Pont du Gard

Train from Nice to Monte Carlo

Train from Nice to Monte Carlo

Next house sit and one of our new friends; Alfie!

Next house sit and one of our new friends; Alfie!

From Toulouse to Cairo

From Toulouse to Cairo

Magical day at Giza pyramids

Magical day at Giza pyramids

Wonderful days and beautiful views in Istanbul

Wonderful days and beautiful views in Istanbul

Our current house sit close to the Pyrenees, south of Toulouse

Our current house sit close to the Pyrenees, south of Toulouse

Impossible?

And that’s one of my major take-aways from the Create the impossible-journey so far, that impossible is just a word. It’s a label I put on stuff, making me not go after them.

– Helena Roth –
Cleanse 4 expansion

Helena's closet

Helena’s closet

Helena has started the “impossible” project to do a complete physical and digital cleanse in 90 days. She’s blogging about how the physical and digital cleanse also opens up for spiritual expansion.
So not only does she show before-and-after pictures, but also share some of her reflections that come up as she cleans and declutter her home, and all the digital storage she’s got.

Helena is sorting things in  all different places of their house

Helena is sorting things in all different places of their house

What it’s like in a new room

Imagine walking into a room where you’ve never been before. All is new to you; the space of the room, the ceiling, the furniture, the sounds, the floor, mats, decoration, windows and the light. It probably takes some time before you’ve taken it all in and registered the way of placing the furniture, how the light comes in to the room and how the colors play together on the walls.

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Cairo sky

Maybe it’s a whole house you walk in to. Or a new village. Maybe even a completely (to you) unknown town. The colors are different from what you’re used to. The food, language and manners might be completely “opposite” to the way you usually do it, what you eat or how you’ve learned to talk.

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Vegetable garden at our current house sit

An early morning this image of the room comes to my mind and I realize this is exactly what has happened to us in the past three months – everything is new or different, we learn new words, get to know new people, drive in unknown places and visit cities we’ve never even thought of before. The food and culture varies from what we’re used to and our way of life has changed since we moved out of our house, quit work and started travelling.

With that in mind, it’s not very surprising that we’re tired at times and that all the impressions take time to digest and take in.

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One of the six horses we're looking after

Since a week we’re back in France, in a small village on the country side south of Toulouse. We enjoy beautiful views of the Pyrenees, fresh air, lots of locally produced food and wonderful people taking care of us, inviting for dinners and events, calling to check we’re ok and being friendly in all sorts of ways.

We’re house sitting at a small farm with six horses and two cats. It’s a totally different way of living compared to Cairo. This is a life close to nature and we get to be outdoors a lot. Though we don’t work in the sense a lot of people do and we don’t have many obligations, we still get tired and need to rest.

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Giza pyramids

This is what we’ve asked for – change, variety, different. And here we are, loving it and enjoying all the bits and pieces that puts our days together, puts our life together. Old habits fall away, new skills and knowledge appear, thoughts and patterns that no longer serves us disappear, new ones come up in the quiet and stillness of the calm country life.

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Anders together with the horses

//Wivan

Back to the sea and the gym

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Night view from our room

Arrived late to our hotel in the old city of Istanbul, with a view over the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, and we just didn’t want to go to bed and stayed up till 05.30 in the morning.

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View of the Blue Mosque from the roof terrace

After some sleep we had breakfast at sunrise at the roof terrace with a view. Then back to the room and got some more sleep before heading out for a walk in the sun by the sea, overlooking the Bosphorus and the Asian side of the city.

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Europe to the left, Asia to the right

We’ve longed for a walk in fresh air, without the risk of being hit by a car all the time, and actually having side walks that are clean from trash… So, it’s a lot colder here than in Cairo, but also a lot more organized traffic wise. And cleaner. So this was a great treat!

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The beautiful Blue Mosque

Fact is we haven’t been able to walk much at all in the past three weeks – so we also sure to book a hotel with a gym here in Istanbul so we certainly will get a lot more excercise the coming days!

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Cooling down after workout

We’ve now done our first session in the gym, together with the owner of the hotel!
And to us it’s something very special to work out together, it feels nice to know we both take care of our bodies, can do some excercises together and just help each other stay on track.

Moving on

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Packing, cleaning our room and washing the bed linens

Today is travel day for the two of us. We’re flying out from Cairo to Istanbul tonight and have decided to stay in a hotel for six nights before flying back to Toulouse in France and our next house sit.

We’ve never been to Turkey and have heard so many good things about Istanbul, so we have payed a bit extra to change our tickets and prolong the layover in Istanbul. It’s fairly cheap to stay in a hotel there at this time of year. And even though it might be a bit cold and rainy, there’s lots to see and explore, we’re planning on going to a hamam (Turkish bath), eat out, enjoy hotel breakfasts, go to the gym, visit the great bazaar, some of the mosques and hopefully find someone local to take us to some of the non-tourist places. We’ll see! Whatever happens is good.

See you around!
//Anders and Wivan

New Years resolution

Nowadays, we rarely give any new years resolutions. Change seems to happen anyway when it’s time and when we’re ready. So instead of all those endless lists of “I should do more of this and less of that…”, we’re just setting intentions for the new day, the new week, the new year or whatever new is in front of us.

To do list?

To do list?

And what we really like is to ask ourselves, eachother and others some questions about the passed year and the year ahead of us. Questions like; What did I learn from the most in the past year? How would I like to spend my days in the coming year? Who have been most important in my life for the past 12 months? What moments have made the biggest impact on me as a person? What in particular would I like to learn more about or accomplish the next year?

Inspiration from dogs :-)

Inspiration from dogs 🙂

What questions do you like to answer when you’re thinking back on the year that has passed? What would you ask someone about the coming 12 months?

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