A few weeks later

A lot has happened and at the same time not so much in the past couple of weeks.

We’ve been busy with the two dogs we have at our current house sit, and the first week here we even had another house + pets parallel to this one.

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Morning walk with Bunty and Boo Boo

So the past weeks we’ve taken long walks daily and Wivan have continued the work out routine she started early this year. Anders has been resting a lot since his shoulder got dislocated almost three weeks ago when we were snowboarding/skiing in the mountains. He’s now feeling a lot better and the body seems to heal well. Cross our fingers for him to be fully recovered in a few more weeks.

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Hot chocolate in the afternoon sun

The past week we had our first visitors from Sweden since we started our tour in November. Our niece and nephew came to stay with us and we’ve done some sightseeing in the area, visited one of the local markets, had fika and talked about life. One day we even went across the border to Spain over the day.

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Daytrip to Vielha in Spain

Now it seems like we’re finally landing a bit more steadily in our new way of life. It’s taken somewhat three months to relax deeper and to see/hear/feel the spinning thoughts slow down one at a time. Every day there still comes thoughts like “we should this or that” or “we probably need to do this” and every day we remind ourselves that there are very few things we actually have to do or that needs to be done this very minute. Instead we like to play a bit more and continuously ask ourselves what we’d really enjoy doing at this moment, or what we’d love to do next and go from that instead of should/would.

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Delivery from Sweden: snus, coconut oil, lingonsylt, kaviar and Ormsalva heat lotion + some candy

It’s great to have the time to explore deeper within our own habits and thought patterns, what type of thinking that creates our beliefs and feelings in certain moments and to also have the ability to choose differently.

Take care and thanks for reading!
// Anders & Wivan

House sitting + cooking = true

Anders found this video a while ago and now we’ve both watched it. Earlier we’ve heard about Michael Pollan but never read any of his books so this video really was a good insight to his work and what he’s research shows.

Food from the shops in Al Rehab, New Cairo

Food from the shops in Al Rehab, New Cairo

That we need to eat proper food instead of “fake food” is something we’ve known for a long time, and after working several years with health, nutrition and real food supplements, it’s always nice to get some new facts and inspiration.

At the market in Thiviers

At the market in Thiviers

And we happen to be in a great place for this type of inspiration. When living in the French country side, being able to harvest some fresh vegetables from our host’s gardens and shopping most of the food fresh at the local market or in special shops (butcher, bakery, wine store etc), cooking at home makes so much sense. Whenever we’re invited to someones house here, there’s always great home made food – usually three or more courses on the table.

What do you think when you see this video?

// Anders & Wivan

3×3=9

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Melting snow on the ground

Wivan got challenged on Facebook to post three nature pictures per day, three days in a row.

Thought we should share them here too. It’s ‘snow week’ and we’ve had fresh snow more or less every day. Most of it has melted quickly but it keeps on coming new.

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Found this on a walk

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"Our" dogs are happy and like our long walks

Since we moved to a new house sit last weekend, we now take care of two sweet and fun dogs and the daily walks are part of our lifestyle.

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Lemon tree in the "green house "

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Yellow in the snow

Taking three pictures per day is not really a challenge to us where we live right now. It’s a beautiful place, the weather is nice and we enjoy being outdoors.

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The views are amazing in the area

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Decoration on a wall

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A little landscape in itself

Different with different people

Postcards, e-mails, blog posts, Skype calls, Viber messages, phone calls, packages, Facebook, Instagram, Whattsapp…

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Wivan on Skype with her Master Mind group

There are many ways of staying in touch with family, friends and new acquaintances. After writing an e-mail to Wivan’s 95-year old grandmother it becomes clear that we write, talk and describe things differently depending on the reciever.

Really nothing new, in the sense that Wivan has worked as a journalist for several years and in that work has been thinking a lot about the reader/listener/viewer, and in Anders’ work it’s also been different communication methods and ways depending on with whom or where in the world the other person is.

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Anders and one of the cats catching up on some correspondence

But since we now stay in touch with friends, family members of different ages, blog followers, former colleagues and neighbours it’s fun to see how we think of these people, what we know they’re interested in and what they’re looking for in the world.

So, Wivan’s grandmother got an extended story about us baking cinnamon rolls for a “Swedish fika”. Grandma has been baking a lot in her life and can relate to that, and like hearing about everyday things.

Our sister-in-law gets some pictures of a French kitchen since she’s thinking of how to finish their kitchen. Not many words in her message – she’s working full time, have a small child at home and spend a lot of time working on their house.

The nieces and nephews are usually on Facebook and/or Instagram, so it’s mostly short messages, likes and pictures. We probably should start snap chatting to really stay up-to-date with them. But, we’re still a bit old-fashioned in that sense ;-).

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Friday kiss

The friends are usually on Facebook, and we chat in short or long messages. Some we send e-mails to and others also Viber or Whattsapp.

Parents and siblings we like to see and talk to over Skype, so we do that quite a lot when the current Internet connection allows it. They also get a long e-mail every now and then, where we summarize some of the latest information and experiences, and short “we’ve now landed in…” e-mails after flying or driving longer distances.

Even if we’re on the rather slow and quiet country side, we still have a lot of communication going on. And like it! Different focus and pictures for different people, closer and more personal with our closest ones. It was good to realize this is happening, and why at times it feels overwhelming to tell everyone “everything”, since we’re changing the details and focus depending on who we’re talking or writing to.

How do your interactions vary depending on the person at the other end?

Stay in touch!

//Wivan and Anders