Stop in Terceira island

After two flights this morning; Toulouse-Lisboa and Lisboa-Terceira we now have a few hours to spend at this little airport.

We’ve taken a short walk to get some fresh air and see a little of the sourroundings, and are amazed by the fact that people are living in houses just across the street from the entrence of the airport.

The departure area in Terceira airport

The departure area in Terceira airport

Houses and a purple restaurant across the street from the entrence hall

Houses and a purple restaurant across the street from the entrence hall


And in a roundabout we met a truck with a bull standing on a trailer and laughed a little about how wonderful it is with the country living that seems to be the case here.
A bull on a trailer

A bull on a trailer


So, with two hours time difference we probably need to wait a little longer before having lunch. And then we’ll board the last flight.

//Anders and Wivan

Road sign at the highway

Road sign at the highway

Off to the Azores

It was an early start, alarm set on 3.30 am, and then a 10 minute walk to the Blagnac airport in Toulouse. We’re so early not even the shops or cafés are open yet. Lucky we had some fruit left in the bag.

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Free wifi at the airport

Soon time for Paul to open, and maybe, just maybe, we grab a coffee before boarding.

Enjoy your day! Next time we write will be from the island of Flores.
//Anders and Wivan

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Paul coffeeshop at the airport

From France to the Azores

Early tomorrow morning we’re off to the island Flores in the Azores, the westernmost post of Europe! We have a house- and dog sit booked for two months, and look very much forward to meeting the spring at the island.

Picture of Flores, from casasacorianas.com

Picture of Flores, from casasacorianas.com

First time we looked at going to the Azores was around 2007, but then decided on going to Madeira instead. So now we’re really excited to be able to go!

Waterfall in Flores. Picture: geocaching.com

Waterfall in Flores. Picture: geocaching.com

So, what have we learned/seen/remembered after several months in southern France? Lots and lots of things of course! Some of them we’ve written about here on the blog, some are still only for us, and some we’d like to share with you now:

* It’s lovely to be in a country where dogs are allowed to go in to shops, cafés and restaurants.
* We love meeting with new people and to rely on that things are solved to the best.
* A lot of both the Swedish and English languages origin from French.
* It’s great to be able to be outside, to breathe fresh air and to see a lot of day light in the winter.

Picture from nature-volcano-tours.com

Picture from nature-volcano-tours.com

Since last Tuesday Wivan’s mom and extra dad have been visiting with us here in France. It’s been some really fun and lovely days together with parts of the family again. Now they’re on the road back to Sweden, in our car and we’ll fly off early tomorrow. So, this afternoon we have tried a few different ways of walking from our hotel to the airport, to be sure we find the way and have an idea of how long it takes! And after almost a full day in a room, it’s always nice to go outside for a while.

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Yesterday we turned the keys over to our parents

Tonight we’ll have a burger at another hotel in the area and then try to get some rest before our 6.15-flight tomorrow morning.

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Sightseeing in Vielha, Spain, last weekend

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Layndry in Les Pesques last week

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It's easy to see who's mom this is...

Shopping for new stuff

In the past five months we’ve pretty much used the same clothes most of the time. What’s in our backpacks is what we bring along. In the car we have some boxes with car-related things and some basic groceries, but everything is stored in such a way that when we get on the next airplane we have everything personal in one large and one smaller backpack each.

Our backpacks :-)

Our backpacks 🙂

Actually we haven’t even used all the things we brought yet; our flip flop sandals are only worn once, and one of Wivan’s two skirts is now put away after only been worn once.

In just a few days we leave France to go to our next house sit in the Azores, a group of islands out of Portugal. When going through the things we won’t use, we have also found out what we’d like to add to our packing. Though we will be going to Sweden again in June and then have the ability to find some of our stored clothes and things, it seems like we’re thinking very differently now from what we used to – so we’d like to get some travel-friendly things for warmer weather. The plan is to spend next fall and winter in a warmer place.

Good things can be used in various settings...

Good things can be used in various settings…

Spring time seems to be good to find deals on last year’s collection of summer wear before all the new things get in stock. Wivan has ordered some new swim wear, a dress and a skirt online and both of us are getting a couple of new pairs of wool socks, wool is our latest favorite material for clothes! To put the online order together has taken weeks, really. Everything that goes in the packing is considered several times and we really don’t want to bring along useless stuff or clothes we don’t like.

Green Icebreaker sweater and gray Ivanhoe of Sweden

Green Icebreaker sweater and gray Ivanhoe of Sweden

And on the other hand – we really have used the wool sweaters we got last fall. Wivan’s gray one from Ivanhoe of Sweden just recently had it’s first wash ever. Earlier we just let it hang in the fresh air every now and then to freshen up. Wool is an amazing material! Anders’ green wool sweater from Icebreaker almost is a trademark of its own by now – he loves it and has worn it both in restaurants, for walks and snow boarding. So those were really good investments. You find the post about gearing up from October here.

Picture from Malmö last November

Picture from Malmö last November

What’s your favourite piece of clothing to bring on trips?

// Anders & Wivan

Our bucket lists

Have you thought about what’s on your Bucket List? Things/people/places you absolutely want to experience before ‘kicking the bucket’?

In the post about Bucket Lists and the 24-year young man who’s contributing to the world by giving his view of life with only a few more months to live, we promised to share bits of our own lists.

San Sebastian last weekend

San Sebastian a few weekends ago

Here we go!

Wivan’s list got a little clearer a couple of weeks ago, when we were in San Sebastian. One thing she really wants is to learn how to surf. And now she’s booked a two week course in Portugal in September!
Other things on her list are:
* To meet with the Swedish former professional down-hill skier Anja Pärson.
* Go for a 2-4 weeks long riding tour in Iceland.
* Work on a farm in New Zealand.
* To attend when the niece and nephew in the US graduate from High School. (2016 is the first one).
… and many, many more things.

Surf spot: Biarritz in France

Surf spot: Biarritz in France

On Anders’ list…

* To learn how to scuba dive (in warm waters).
* Sky diving.
* Live in a warm climate over a longer period of time, with the sea close by.

To him, the different elements wind, earth, fire and water is something he’d like to experience more fully. So, the scuba diving and sky diving are two ways of achieving that.

Of course there are a lot of more things on our Bucket Lists, but these are a few of our top choices. And surely, we’re committed to make many of these things happen before too long. Who knows what will happen tomorrow?!

Anders in Biarritz

Anders in Biarritz

// Anders & Wivan

The actual value of certain things

On a long walk this afternoon, we came to talk about our plans for the “future”, that is, of the coming year and a half. And the truth is; we don’t know what we’re going to do, where we’ll be or basically anything, after this upcoming October.

So, when talking about this, our storage, where we keep things we haven’t yet sold or given away, came up in the conversation. We pay about €100 per month for that storage right now, and of course – if we would reduce the amount of things, furniture and boxes, the cost could also be cut.

Storage, in the beginning...

Storage, in the beginning…

What things do we really want to keep? Since we don’t know when we’ll settle down, if ever, and if that’ll be in Sweden or not. If ever. So, why keep a huge bed, some really heavy shelves to put a large TV-set on, a dining table and six chairs, an office desk and tons of clothes and shoes we haven’t missed the last five months?

During the walk we tried to figure out which things really mean something to us, and how our thoughts and feelings regarding certain things have changed since we left our house in Sweden last November. Yes, we did sell, give and throw away lots of stuff already then. And selected what to keep. But after five months of travelling our views on owning furniture has changed as one example, and to have four matching chairs is no longer as “important”, or to have a very special table to put the TV-set on, or to keep all different types of pillows, blankets and whatever we decided to keep.

Storage, after a few more rounds with the car...

Storage, after a few more rounds with the car…

The things we decided to keep were hard to just “get rid of” then, but now our thinking is a bit clearer and with some distance and a clearer sense of what we don’t know (like where we’re going to live the coming years) it doesn’t really make sense to keep all those things. We’ve also learned a lot from living in other people’s homes and the thinking regarding money and what is worth what has changed.

Beds, bookshelves, rugs, suitcases...

Beds, bookshelves, rugs, suitcases…

Who knows what we’ll do with the stuff in the storage, but we do know there will be some changes made!

// Anders and Wivan

Moving out digitally

Since a few days we’re discussing to take a big time out or totally move out from several digital “homes” for an extended period of time.

Old Facebook picture from 2012, now saved onto the computer

Old Facebook picture from 2012, now saved onto the computer

Not being online, reading e-mails, blogging, no Facebook, Instagram, Viber or any of those things. For months. It’s still only a discussion and probably won’t be happening until next winter but it awakens interesting thoughts for the both of us.

Classic Facebook picture from Giza pyramids

Classic Facebook picture from Giza pyramids

As a test, Wivan now has de-activated her Facebook and Twitter accounts for an unknown period to see how it feels and if something “happens”. She hasn’t really used Twitter the past few years, but rare visits have happened and we have used automatic linking to our blog via Twitter. Not any more! Let’s see what happens next.

Have you decided to step away from any of the digital forums or “homes” you’ve had? In that case; why?

//Anders and Wivan