This is life, right!?

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Beautiful treasures from the beach

In several conversations over the past days, our Sri Lankan friends where we stay, have ended our talks with the phrase “this is life, right?!”.

And yes, this is life – all our experiences, feelings, thoughts, people we meet and places we visit, all is part of life. And a part of living.

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Tea and talk

So, one part of life right now, is that we have decided to leave Sri Lanka earlier than first planned. There are several reasons for changing our decision, and the main one is that we want to settle down for a while. To be someplace where it’s more quiet and where we can communicate more easily, where we have family and friends who knows us since before, and where we can integrate all the impressions, insights and understanding we’ve gotten over the past months.

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Good bye present for the Sri Lankan family

We leave on Wednesday already, and have done our lists of what we’ve missed the most in Sweden and what we’ve loved about Sri Lanka. The insights and lessons we’ve learned have started to become more clear and we see all of this as a part of living – this is what we want and need right now, so we act on it.

Traveling is not important as such, but to be true to ourselves and to live as fully as possible is.

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Tropical sunset

So, four and a half months in tropical weather is about to come to an end. And we meet it (mostly) with peace in mind. We have been in rather warm climates the past 10 months and it will probably be a bit cold to arrive in Sweden on Thursday…

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Tuktuk rides won't happen in Sweden

A few more days left with our friends and the Sri Lankan family before take off.

With love!
Anders and Wivan

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Letting choice take time or not

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South East Asia

Sometimes it’s good and easy to make decisions fast, at other times it’s better to give it some more consideration or just leave it for a bit and see what more comes to mind in the meantime.

We’re living in that type of space at the moment; making some decisions fast and let others take more time.

Like the situation of where to stay from tomorrow. We’ve had so many ideas coming up, and there’s been some uncertainty regarding what we’d really like to do next. The only two things that sort of boxes us in, are the 30-day visa here in Indonesia, and our next house sit that starts on December 18th in Singapore.

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Next destination: Amed

What do we really want to do here in Bali? We accepted the fact that the decision of where to go from here on would take some time, and meanwhile we’ve been looking at maps and online to get inspiration. Finally, this morning, we booked a stay in Amed on Bali’s east coast where snorkling is supposed to be great, the nature holds many varieties and there are less tourists.

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Zooming out

We also got a new idea; to extend our visa and stay in Indonesia the whole time until we leave for Singapore. So we tried that idea, we even went to a visa
extension office – and then dropped the idea again. The price of an extension, in our situation, was 2 million Rupiah per visa and for that money we can fly someplace else and rather come back to Indonesia another time.

Where we’ll go when our visa expired is not yet clear – so we let it be for a while and know that a decision (and new ideas) will come.

// Anders and Wivan