A world of possibilities

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My niece K on a walk

It’s more than a week until I head back to Sweden, and except for tomorrow and Thursday, I’ve got no plans.
To some that might be stressful or odd, to me it’s like a world filled with possibilities.

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Snow the other day

When talking to my brother just ten minutes ago, I realized it really is a choice I’ve made – to be open to what comes. Rarely do I need to be entertained, especially here where there’s nature and beauty everywhere.

Sure, I hope to go for a couple of hikes, but I am at least as happy to just hang out, live in the local area, take a bike ride or just enjoy a cup of coffee and a book.

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One of many walks

As we (Anders and I) have traveled so much and to many different places over the past year and a half, I see how I love to slow down a bit, not always go to new places. And I feel that I take in things, people and experiences a bit different nowadays, which needs to be processed. Or I’m just getting a bit older!?
I love to live like a local, not always do the obvious touristy things or pack in as many experiences as possible.

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Nephew M parked the car for the party last weekend

When thinking about it, I see how keeping the schedule open, also gives a lot more openness to what feels fun or good at the time being, instead of being stuck with plans I’d rather get out of. My lovely American family needs to put up with having me around for a while longer since I am staying, and to me that also gives more chances to see the “kids” (16 and 18 years old) every now and then – one of the big reasons why I’m here. Since we don’t have kids of our own, our nieces and nephews are maybe even more important to us.

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Chillaxing on the sofa

So, I look at my open schedule with a bit of “is it ok to do this in the Land-of-maximizing?”.

And the answer is: Hell Yes!

The way we have choosen to live, different than most Westerners, also brings approaches less ordinary to all kinds of situations.

Let’s see what this vacation in the US will bring the coming eight days!

Lots of love and sunshine from Colorado,
Wivan

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You can learn from it

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Beautiful bike ride from the cinema

After a intense week of preparations (and I have only done a tiny bit of it) before my nephew’s graduation yesterday, tonight I was inspired to go see a movie that just came out.

This is so rare for me, I can’t even remember last time I was at a cinema.

My pick tonight was “Alice through the looking glass”, and as I love the movie “Alice in Wonderland” I had looked forward to this one.

In the new movie, Alice travels in time and as she meets Mr Time himself, he tells her “You can’t change it but you can learn from it”, when talking about the past.

That’s what I love about the Alice movies, there are many great quotes and lots of wisdom in the middle of the fun characters, the imaginary scenery, hidden messages and all the colors.

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Biking to the movies in Silverthorne

Going for a date on my own is something I really appreciate, though I might not enjoy it as much if it was something I did every day.
Tonight it was perfect; great company (myself) and I loved spending time alone with the person I’m gonna spend the rest of my life with.

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Rainbow in Silverthorne

To take the bike rather than driving certainly was a hit tonight.

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View from the bike path

Graduation yesterday was lots of fun and the party afterwards was delicious and filled with interesting people.

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The class of 2016 at Summit High School

After a weekend like that, I think all of us who are here together have enjoyed a day of less preparations and more “in the moment”.

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Dessert after graduation

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Gift table and high school diploma

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Vip seats

It’s been another great day to be alive and I wish you the best for the week to come!
Xoxo// Wivan

The bright side of life

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Walking to the gym in Frisco

After returning to Europe from Asia last spring, I’ve been dedicated to getting in better shape and really making sure to move my body. I want to be a strong, flexible person without too much physical pain.
Being in the Western world makes this dedication easier for me as a woman. In many places we’ve been it’s not very common for women to work out or walk for exercise. And I have at times felt uneasy about men staring at me when out walking or stretching.

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Third session in Frisco

Also, the tropical heat of places we have been haven’t really helped the spirit to get even more sweaty or tired.

So, in Sweden I have enjoyed being at the gym – one in our home town Karlskrona, and one in the city I work in; Kristianstad.
And now, I go to the gym where my brother and his family goes. A small place with not so much people this far. It works very well for me.

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The metrics are different

This is one of the fun things (and sometimes tiring) of traveling; to find places and ways to keep on doing things you like and/or want to do, wherever that may be.
A tricky thing when going to a gym is finding the equipment you want, or figure out how many pounds a kilo is, or how to adjust the planned session to what is possible at this particular gym.

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Rowing machine, one of my favorites

Anyways, it’s nice to have the possibility to do this for myself, and to feel I am getting stronger for each week. And to enjoy the perks of being physically able to work out, to have grown up in a part of the world where women are allowed to do things and are respected.

Take care and stay safe.
//W

Afraid and scared, of what?

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House lit up at night

Just walked over to the neighbor’s house, where I have moved in today, and several other guests coming to the graduation also will be staying.

And oh my, was I aware of all the little sounds, the wide windows and that I was alone in the house?! Yes. Very much so.

Years back I was extremely afraid of being alone in the dark, and I had many different tactics for managing a night alone in our house, or brought a friend if I had to go outside in the dark.

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American duck tape

Now I was offered company to go over and get some stuff in my “new” room, but I said no thanks. I usually take moments like these to practice.

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A moose the other day

But, being here in Colorado, in the outskirts of town, it’s rather quiet and very dark at night. Something I like when looking at the moon and the stars, but not the best setup for ‘alone in an empty house’-practice.

So I decided that it was good enough to go there, get my stuff and calmly walk back and wait for the others to come.

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Rusty decorations

Maybe I’ve seen too many scary movies that take place in the US, maybe it’s just me not being trained in these types of environment, or maybe it just is what it is; not being used to a new house.

Nowadays I know that fear comes from my thinking about what is. That does not have to be true or real. Most often it’s not true and real, it’s just made up.
So, being afraid of being alone in the dark is my imagination of what could happen, there are no facts or experiences to back it up.

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Backyard

So tomorrow I’ll get more familiar with the house and surroundings in daylight, and keep practicing.

Until next time!
// Wivan

Beauty and sunshine in Colorado

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My nephew fly fishing in a stream

Yesterday was another beautiful day with great weather and lots of different activities. In the morning my sister in law and I biked to the next town to get bagels.
Unfortunately (or not) I forgot the phone at home and didn’t get any pictures, but the ride was SO beautiful along a lake with blue sky, mountains and only a little traffic.

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Getting ready to go fishin'

In the afternoon I went to hang out with my nephew when he was fishing, and I even got to borrow those water-proof pants and everything! I didn’t fish, but felt very professional anyways ;).

Those who knows me well know I have a thing for dressing up in full gear to get a complete experience, and I become like a kid who proudly wears a little Police shirt or a fire fighter’s hat.

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My hat for fishing...

So even if I only walked out into the stream once, knowing I had those special pants and boots was enough.

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My fisher guide

It was nice to hang out with this 18-year old boy whom I’ve known since he was a baby, but haven’t always seen very much of.

Jetlag is getting in better control. Today I didn’t wake up until five!

Make it a day worth remembering.
With love,
Wivan

3.37 jetlag

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Early Friday

The first night here in Frisco, Colorado I woke up at 2 am after about four hours of sleep. Jetlag.
This last night I didn’t wake up until 3.37, so it’s going the right way.

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Beautiful sunrise behind the mountains

The cool thing about getting up unneccesary early is to see the sun come up.

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Through my bedroom window

The town of Frisco is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains with beautiful views all around.

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Even the parkings have a view

Since we’re on high altitude (9000 ft/2700m), it takes a few days to adjust, and needs a bit of caution not to get sick.

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Went for some shopping today

It’s great to hang out with the family here, and to be part of at least some of the preparations for next weekend’s graduation party for my nephew.

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Early Friday pic

Take care! // Wivan