Right now is a great time to practice the beautiful art of asking for help, as well as receiving help. To us this is sometimes a challenge, and now is the time to take this to the next level, considering what we’re up to with our future travels.
Today Anders bought a new motorcycle. In Sweden. It’s amazing what’s possible to do over the Internet and with some help from friends and family!
So, here’s the deal: We’re going to Sweden this summer. Anders is gonna work at his old job, covering up for vacations etc. And we asked for help from friends and family to find a place to stay nearby. What happened? We got several proposals, and a friend of the family offered us to stay for free in a spare room with shower and WC that they have above of their shop!
Knowing this, we also realized we will need more than just the car to be able to get around. So Anders started to look for a motorcycle. And, with a lot of help from a good friend, he’s now bought one, and the same friend has already picked it up and will keep it in a nice garage until Anders gets home late May to pick it up.
It is fantastic to be able to sit here on Flores in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, talk to Sweden via Skype, transfer money and get all things done in seconds.
And just a few weeks ago, Anders was able to sort out the situation regarding his work this summer, making plans with good collegues, his boss and whatever needed to be arranged in order for us to be in Sweden over June, July, August and September.
Now we’re happy to have Internet and seeing work ads online, since Wivan is looking for a job over the summer in Sweden. She’s been able to look up some places and to send the applications online instead of on paper or calling. And for interviews, they will be done over Skype too. We have payed to have some credits to call regular phones in order to stay in touch with those who aren’t already using Skype.
An important thing to mention here, when it comes to asking for help, and to recieve help, is that we have wonderful ground service, provided by Wivan’s mom and dad. Wivan’s mom is taking care of all the post we still recive in Sweden, and Wivan’s dad is giving advice on some of the money issues and paperwork we need to do.
So, it’s a combination of asking for help, recieving and also having wonderful, helpful people around us. We are so, so grateful, words can’t really explain it. And, we already know, we won’t be able to pay it back. Ever. And that’s fine too. Because we know the mathematics of life: You give, and you recieve. Never knowing if it’s going to be in the same currency or to/from the same person or place. That’s just how it is. If we’re helpful and giving, sometime, somewhere it will come back, just don’t try and count on it or calculate, ‘cos that’s not how it works. It just is.
Love, gratefulness and joy!
// Anders & Wivan