Early Monday morning

Got up early this morning to take Lucky the dog for a walk outside the village. We left the house before sunrise and went looking for a spot to park the car and get to see the sun rise.

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Well worth to get out of bed

Love driving on the lonely roads across the island,  most of them showing scenery we’ve never seen in any place before.

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A few seconds of rest...

Most dogs love coming to new places, and Lucky is no exception. She runs around sniffing and wagging her tail like crazy.

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Beautiful light on the way back

We’re expecting more rain and heavy winds again soon, and the clouds started to pile up on the way back home.

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A small teaser…

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Anders' first swim in Flores

This is just a little piece of candy for you to taste, we want to share more pictures and stories on the blog but have our hands full with living so those smart thoughts need to fall in place first!

Meanwhile you get to see some pictures from the island of Flores in the Azores.

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Standing by the Atlantic in Fajã Grande

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Flowers, every day new flowers

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Home made lunch in Santa Cruz

See you soon!
//Anders and Wivan

Four weeks without Facebook

It’s actually been more than four weeks since I signed out and de-activated my Facebook-account as a test to see how it works out. Last week a friend of mine said she misses me on FB, and she wonders how it’s working for me.

Up till then I hadn’t really thought about it that much and it’s felt very natural to me not to watch what’s happening on Facebook daily.

A picture from @lantis Facebook page that I downloaded before signing out

A picture from @lantis Facebook page that I downloaded before signing out

Today, after having a Skype meeting with a couple of good friends, I came to think about this again and was surprised of still not missing being on FB like I used to. It feels kind of weird, since I have been on Facebook for over seven years, many times “visiting” FB-friends daily or even several times per day. Having conversations, getting input on things, seeing pictures and posting thoughts, photos or links.

Picture from webworks.ie

Picture from webworks.ie

For the moment I don’t miss it and haven’t thought much about it. Wonder if it’s easier to do this when not being around friends, or if it is that my habits and way of living have changed? I am on Instagram almost daily and like it a lot, but I did that before getting off FB too. You find me as wivankristina on Instagram.

So, the test of not being on FB will continue for a while longer. Or forever. We’ll see!

// Wivan

Shopping in Flores; we found coffee!

Oh yes, we got a tip that there’s a good supermarket in the next village so we decided to go check it out. It doesn’t look much, but they’ve got lots of variety and also more fresh food in there! We went all in and felt very spoiled to get fresh apples, pears, salad (!), eggs, yoghurt, grounded coffee (hurray!), black tea (they mostly sell herbal teas here), and canned tomatoes.

Anders outside "The green store"

Anders outside “The green store”

What was surprising though was that they were out of onions the first time we went, but we did get several pieces of nice garlic. And we found some good frozen fish, and some minced meat so that Anders can make his Flores version of Chili con carne.

Shelves filled up with fresh ingredients after the boat arrived

Shelves filled up with fresh ingredients after the boat arrived

Wivan found ground coffee

Wivan found ground coffee

So, just a few minutes away by car, we all of a sudden found several variations of grounded coffee, and two or three different black teas, as well as fresh fruits that are not bananas 😉 And earlier this week the boat came in, so the shelves of this particular store were totally packed with fresh goodies.

"French style" food storage - in the closet!

“French style” food storage – in the closet!

Don’t think we’ve ever been so happy after a round of shopping, it felt very good to get things we like to have in the kitchen, especially the fresh ingredients, and a little broader variety, even though we like the game of cooking with few ingredients. And know what!? We even got coconut milk! And sunflower seeds. Wivan’s totally happy!

More joyful cooking ahead!

// Anders and Wivan

World citizens asking for help

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.

– from our blog in November last year –

Last summer we asked for help, and got to stay for free in a summer house for 10 days

Last summer we asked for help, and got to stay for free in a summer house for 10 days

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!

Picture from the ad on Blocket.se, Anders bought his third Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom

Picture from the ad on Blocket.se, Anders bought his third Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom


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.

Picture: hashslush.com. In september Wivan's going surfin' in Portugal

Picture: hashslush.com. In september Wivan’s going surfin’ in Portugal


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.

A beautiful flower to all of our wonderful friends and family members who help out and send us so much love

A beautiful flower to all of our wonderful friends and family members who help out and send us so much love

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.

Picture from cardiffunison.co.uk

Picture from cardiffunison.co.uk

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

The luxury of locals

In Egypt last December we had a very clear example of what good connections with locals can do for us as foreigners and travellers in a new place. We got to have an amazing experience of the pyramids thanks to our very nice taxi driver Hassan who did as much as he ever could for us to have a good time.

Anders, Hassan and Wivan

Anders, Hassan and Wivan

And in France we’ve been invited to many dinners, lunches, excursions and trips to markets thanks to newly found friends who’ve taken great care of us.

Here in the Azores we get lots and lots of help from a neighbor. We get to use her car, so we can make small trips, go to the store or whatever. The other day we borrowed her scooter for a little drive in the sunshine. She comes over to ask if everything is ok, if we need anything or if she can help in any way and it’s very nice and comforting. We’ve also gotten maps of the island and been invited to volleyball practice with her, to come and listen and see her and her group practice folklore music and dancing.

Sightseeing in Flores thanks to our neighbor

Sightseeing in Flores thanks to our neighbor

Folk music and dancing practice in Lajes das Flores

Folk music and dancing practice in Lajes das Flores

Since the island of Flores has less than 4000 inhabitants, it’s very clear who is a local and who is not… most people know each other, at least in each village. So, we are trying our best to say hello and thanks in Portuguese and just see what we see and whom we will meet when we’re out. What we have learned this far, after travelling Europe for about six months, is that you can never predict what opportunity awaits around the corner, and to have some locals to help out or just show the way is very nice.

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Scooter ride in the sun - awfully cold wind on the top of the hill

In the store the other day we met a French guy who we spoke to for a little bit. And guess what?! After our encounter with the Frenchman, he’s now invited us for dinner with his family and our neighbor! We hope to schedule that soon.

// Anders and Wivan, hoping to make some new friends in Flores

100 posts later: Thank you!

After posting the Update of our first week in the Azores, we realized it was our 100th post on our common blog. Congratulations to us for keeping it up, and Thank you! for reading, following and commenting on the blog. We’re so grateful to have all of you readers, supporting and cheering on us during our journey.

100 posts later

100 posts later

The first thing we posted, in june last year, was simply a Welcome to all readers. Back then we thought we were going to buy a company in Spain, move there and well, have a house and run a company. That didn’t happen, instead we have spent the past six (almost) months house sitting, taking care of other people’s property and pets and got to travel in both France, Egypt, Turkey, Spain and now the Azores.

Pink sparking wine, back in France...

Pink sparking wine, back in France…

What we wrote in that first post still is true to us:

Making a change doesn’t have to mean that you sell your house or quit your job. It doesn’t have to involve breaking up with your spouse or change the colour of your hair. It means what it means to you.

Our belief is that sharing stories is a way to help each other on the way to wherever wer’re going.

Silly hats on in Cairo last Christmas

Silly hats on in Cairo last Christmas

So, wether you’re new to this blog or you’re one of the oldies – is there something you think we miss out on writing about? Are there certain things you’d like to know, hear about or see pictures of? Please let us know! You can e-mail us on: anwisandberg[@]gmail.com

Thanks again! Looking forward to hearing from you.

xoxo // Anders & Wivan