Since three days back, we now “live” in the island of Flores, in the western part of the Azores that belongs to Portugal. We’ve slowly started to explore it by foot and by car. Mostly by foot, since we now have a new dog to take care of, Lucky. House- and dog sitting at its best: in a beautiful location, with lots of places to walk on and discover, and in a nice house that is comfortable.
So, when cooking last night’s dinner (it was an easy one: toasts in the oven + cabbage salad), and washing up afterwards, Wivan realized that this is the… seventh house we live in during the past five months. We blogged about always being someplace new a few months ago, but this was a new fun way of seeing our situation.
The possibilities have been different in every place we’ve stayed. For example, in France where we’ve stayed the longest time the houses really have their own characteristics and plus and minuses to them.
This house we’re now staying in is very modern in comparison to the French country houses, and yet there’s no dish washer. But: we have a kitchen fan, which we haven’t had in the last three places. We’re fine with washing by hand and to us, by now, it’s almost like a game to see the new places in an exploring way; to enjoy the things we haven’t had before, or to really appreciate places we’ve been to.
Here, living on a small island far out in the Atlantic, it was quite damp when we arrived, and a bit chilly inside the house. All of a sudden we remembered our own house in Sweden, the one we sold last November, really was a warm and dry house. So if not earlier, now we know more to appreciate that part of the living situation we had then.
The conclusion is this; By seeing more places, trying other people’s lifestyles and experiencing new or unknown ways of spending our days, we get a larger perspective and a broader view of things. Like kitchens. This very kitchen shows us that it works perfectly fine to just have two large pots – no small ones, and no frying pan. So, we practice to see the fun in finding new ways of doing things, of cooking, cleaning or doing laundry. And how to live our lives.
That’s also very helpful when being used to having certain things in the stores or surroundings, that are not available in a new location. How do you play with things that are different to you? What new ways of behaving or reacting are possible?
// Anders and Wivan