The first things we bought

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Cheese sandwich, candy and coffee

On the train from Copenhagen airport, we got a chance to buy something to eat. This is what we bought: a bun with cheese, a bag of Bilar candy and a cup of coffee with milk.
Let me tell you, a cheese sandwich has probably never tasted so good! And the warm coffee (it was a bit chilly on the train). Anders was so happy to have this type of candy again, last time was in Thailand in December last year.

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Snus, Swedish "chew" tobaco

After lunch, Anders couldn’t wait to get out and by some snus, tobaco, that he ran out of about a month ago and have tried different ways to compensate for. Snus is mostly used in Sweden, and is very rare to find abroad. We did see it in Khao Lak in Thailand, but it was extremely expensive, and Anders have had his own stack up till about a month ago. A friend brought some extra after Christmas when we met in Singapore.

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One way to compensate for missing snus

Among other things, Anders has tried the local uplifting “chew” in Sri Lanka – a combination of green leaves, beetle nut, cardamom seeds and tobaco leaves that both men and women walk around chewing as a stimulant.
He ended up only using the tobaco leaves, folded together and put it under his upper lip.

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Rice ❤

Even though it is tasty and so good to have some of the foods and treats we have missed, my stomach has been aching a lot over the past days, so this morning I went for a breakfast I am more used to – rice. I start off with only some rice and coconut oil, and later today I make a curry to go with it. Feels comforting and very pleasurable in the cold.

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Frost this morning

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First house sit in Asia

Today we landed our first ever house- and pet sit in South East Asia. This means we’ll spend Christmas and New Years Eve in Singapore!

It’s only a little more than a week until we leave France and Europe behind, to go first to Bali, and from Bali to… Well, we don’t know yet. But, Singapore is our destination for the later part of December.

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Coffee to celebrate

As a small celebration, and to make something fun of it, I woke Anders up to ask if I could buy him coffee in Singapore on the 18th of December. He said yes!

//Wivan

Leftovers

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Chia seeds, buck wheat, chlorella, wheat grass and fruits

Usually when we stay someplace, we buy a little food for the time we’re staying, trying to avoid too many leftovers or things that never gets used.

Maybe you remember my post from Flores in June.

Anyways, it’s really hard to make sure food and time are even by the time we’re leaving. Usually we leave some food for the owners or we give it away to someone else. My mom has recieved lots of interesting stuff by now!

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Crisp bread

And I tend to bring a little something in my bag. Like the flax seeds from Flores – that exploded in the backpack while flying. A good surprise when unpacking!

This time I have, again, done pretty good at not having too much food left when it’s time to pack up. But some things will be brought to Portugal on Sunday. Like the chlorella and wheat grass powder, some chia seeds and coffee.

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Lavazza coffee

//Wivan

<3 Kristianstad

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View over Helgeå

Walking with a friend, biking on my own, listening to podcasts, sitting on a bench; there are many ways to experience this natural beauty.

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One of many paths close to the city center

Have found a new way to get my very own morning coffee on the go:

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Morning coffee take away...

… in a glass bottle, insulated by a wool sock. Works very well!

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City view from Naturum

Afternoon view over the water and parts of the town.

Dolce far niente

It’s Italian and according to Wiktionary it means “sweet doing nothing” = “Delicious idleness”.

In the movie Eat, Pray, Love its described as the sweetness of doing nothing.

Dorian, having a hard time relaxing

Dorian, having a hard time relaxing

This morning after a walk and the dogs’ breakfast, this “little” puppy have been on speed, doing pretty much everything he’s not supposed to. Very puppy-like, in other words. Sometimes, just like with us humans and especially kids, when a puppy is tired beyond the need of sleep there’s no end to the mischievousness, playing, barking and what have you.

Part of my Dolce far niente - a cup of coffee

Part of my Dolce far niente – a cup of coffee

I’ve been cool about it, there’s no need to do anything as long as the dog and us around him are safe. He’s been chewing on an old basket ball, trying to play with a not-at-all-interested-cat, wrestling with the older dog, barking at… who knows what, wanting to cuddle, almost falling asleep, barking, chewing, wrestling, looking for other things to chew or eat… and finally, after three hours of being active, he was ready to rest. Almost. And then really, sleeping.

Relaxing AND ready to get up and bark

Relaxing AND ready to get up and bark

Why I find this so interesting is that I recognize myself in this behavior. When I need to rest or sleep but keep myself busy with things like a child not wanting to go to bed. As kids we usually don’t want to miss out on anything, and as grown ups… we think we need to do things or be awake and alert because…? Well, we all have our reasons and explanations. Personally I’ve become far better at Dolce far niente lately and love those days or hours. This is the first real day of Dolce far niente since arriving in Sweden almost three weeks ago. It’s wonderful!

See! He relaxes in such a sweet style!

See! He relaxes in such a sweet style!

What I usually say is that animals (when they’re not speed-puppies) are great to help us remember to do what we want/need the most. If a dog/cat/horse needs to rest, they do. Or eat, go pee, yawn, stretch, run, jump, shout… basically whatever.

Dolce far niente

Dolce far niente

Anders? He’s sleeping. And it’s almost noon.

Dolce far niente! // Wivan

Sometimes…

… this is what a morning looks like for us at Flores.

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View over the southern part of Lajes

Today we brougt our breakfast up the mountain “behind” our village.

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Sunshine with a view

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Lucky was most excited about our morning tour

Usually Wivan is the one getting up first, while Anders is the one staying up late at night. This morning we got up at the same time and left the house before 8.30.

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Our picnic lover #1

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Enjoying the sun and the view

It’s something special to get out on a sunny morning like this. We’re grateful to be here and to catch some of the moments that show up.

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Morning coffee above sea level