Early flying bird

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Stretch before take off

Went to bed early last night, and woke up at 4 am and couldn’t really go back to sleep. It’s ok though, I’ll gave plenty of time to nap along this trip to Denver.

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New bag tag! #pride

Started the day with some stretching and a little exercise, and a light breakfast. Super smooth to go from my friend’s place to Copenhagen airport Kastrup; in one hour after leaving her place I was checked in and had passed security!

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Belt off for security check

So now I am having my second breakfast and it’s more than an hour and a half before take off.
Might go to the “family area” for some stretching and playing ;).

Have a fun day!
//Wivan

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Six months later – back in Sweden

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Waiting for the train at Kastrup

Yesterday morning we arrived back in Copenhagen in Denmark, went though the new ID-controls before getting on the train and then had to show our ID:s again on the train in Sweden.

After about 28 hours of traveling we were met by mom at the station in Karlskrona and went to have lunch together.

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Cold, getting off the train

It all felt very familiar, even though we haven’t been in Sweden over the past six months – it’s clear how used we are to this environment, to the style of houses, traffic and food. There are few surprises, except for some new bills with Astrid Lindgren on (20 SEK).

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On the ferry

And yet, when opening the water tap, I am very aware of that this water is very clean and I won’t need to boil it before drinking (in Sri Lanka too we were drinking tap water without boiling it, after staying there a while).
Things in Sweden are very organized and clean, the streets might have traffic but there are seldom any honking and now cows on the roads!

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Walk by the sea

We already miss the rice and curry from Sri Lanka, and the fun people we have spent a lot of time with the last months. And yet it’s so lovely to sleep in a bed with two (!) covers, in a place that’s quiet.

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This is "our" house at mom's and Bosse's place

It’s nice to be back in Sweden, it’s wonderful to be able to speak with people and to have some of the foods we have missed. The weather is cold and we need to get some things from our storage – we hadn’t planned to be back until June.

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A sunny walk by the sea

One step at a time, we meet this “new” and yet familiar country where we have lived most of our lives. With a deeper understanding of how privileged we are to be here, to have a choice and to be free, we happily meet the spring in Europe.

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Red branches on a bush

Without stress we can get used to the weather and foods, and let ourselves enjoy all the things and people we have missed.
We love contrasts, and like to see the differences of places and cultures. There still is no plan for what we will do or live in the future, that’s something we like to keep open. For now, we are here.

With love, sunshine and long underwear,
Wivan

Qrazy in Qatar

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French onion soup at the airport

Stop over in Doha, Qatar and spend some hours here before the next flight that will take us to Copenhagen.

This is an airport that’s a bit famous for being cold. And it is! I have my wool sweater on and am happy we planned for cold weather ahead.

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Do you see Anders?

We ended up at the same French restaurant as last time at this airport. The service and food is good and tonight there’s live piano music. Feels like a good relaxing time between the flights.

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Long line with mostly men at Colombo airport, Sri Lanka

Right now it really feels like being “in between”; countries, time zones, circles of friends, cultures, cooking and eating habits and routines.

Sometimes when traveling a bit further, it is like being in no-mans-land – nothing and everything applies, you meet people from all around the world, the internal time zone is off and I often wonder when I will wake up from the dream I am in… As if where I am and the situation is not real.

Ok, time for some tea and music!
Dreamy greetings from Qatar.

//Wivan