Bumpy train ride from Weligama to Negombo

Today we took off to Colombo and then to Negombo for a house sit that starts on Thursday/Friday.
After two weeks in Weligama, last night was party night at “our” Sri Lankan family’s house!

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Dancing!

They had prepared many different things for us; coconut torches on the front side, music for dancing, lovely bbq fish, drinks, a big dinner and ice cream (!) with jelly.

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The guys off to buy arrak

I danced for hours, or that’s what it felt like, with kids from the village. The grown-ups didn’t dance until it was dark.

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Some of the kids and parents

People stood out on the street to watch us, and some of them were clapping along with the music. Again, it was a sight to see the “tall” Swedish Sri Lankan girl dancing!

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Kids all excited about us dancing together

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Coconut torches in the making

So, after sharing this lovely time together, we spent a last night in the small hotel by the beach.

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Breakfast with a view

About six hours on trains today, costing around €2,50 for the both of us. Hot, bumpy, beautiful and another very Sri Lankan experience.

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We got seats today!

An hour of waiting in Colombo passed quickly in the company of a Chinese woman.

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Colombo Fort railway station

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Lots of people at the station

Finally we arrived at the place we’ll stay at and care for two shy dogs, and tonight we sort of got a cultural shock when hanging out with expats and westerners after several weeks with mostly locals.

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Train from Colombo to Kochchikade

Anders won a bottle of white wine at the quiz and bingo night we attended in Negombo, so that was very nice!
Tomorrow we’ll probably just rest, get some fresh fruits to the house and get settled with everything around here.

Until then!
//Wivan

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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

New again

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Today we’ve moved in with these two dogs, and two cats while their owners are away. It’s our first house sit in Sweden since we became “professional house sitters” last November.

The furry one, Dorian, is an eight month old puppy and he’s big. Luckily he’s very gentle when walking on a lead and is good at relaxing indoors (when not chewing on things…).
Simba is a older dobberman who loves to cuddle and check out what happens in the kitchen.

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This is a house close to where Anders works, and we’re staying for a week. After a couple of weeks with lots of people around, it feels good to have a week with just the two of us and the pets.

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Dorian chasing a fly...

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Poppy flowers

Finding new balance

Little Irviljish moved in today

Little Irviljish moved in today

Today a new little dog moved in with us here at the place where we’re dog- and house sitting in Flores. One of the  neighbors is going away and her dog is staying with us the remaining weeks until we leave the island.

Lucky likes the bed...

Lucky likes the bed…

It’s always a bit of a challenge to find balance in a new setting, no matter if it’s a new place, a person coming to visit or adapting to a new member of the pack.

In this case, the dogs know each other but we’ve only had one of them with us and the whole constellation is new. So, as humans, we need to figure the little one out and see how things changes when having the two dogs together. For little Irviljish it’s new to be with us and she needs to find out what we’re like.

The two friends, swopping spots

The two friends, swopping spots

Now, we’re lucky to have the dogs help us highlight what’s happening in most constellations – when a place, a team member or conditions change, there’s a shift happening. The balance is lost for a short period before everything falls into place again. We often talk about finding ones role in a group, seeing the possibilities in a change or to figure out how to handle whatever comes flying in life.

Anders got up "early" to take care of the dogs

Anders got up “early” to take care of the dogs

So, today, we’re having a chance to embrace change and see what balance will look like from now on.

Take care!

//Anders and Wivan