Missing Flores and more

This morning I miss my hubby Anders very much. It’s been two and a half weeks since we saw each other and I am a bit tired = more emotional. Started looking through pictures and started to long back to Flores as well.

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Anders had a little too much sun that day

Haven’t slept much last night, since my nephew graduated from high school yesterday and I was on the “taxi-team” after the party early this morning.

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Flores in the Azores

Think a nice coffee and some sunshine might do the trick today.

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Oskar and I yesterday

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Beautiful details from yesterday

It’s all well being in Sweden, but the shift from the quiet and calm little island of Flores is rather rough. Allow myself to just be in that experience, let emotions come and go like the clouds. Making sure to give myself a slack line, not pushing any limits or forcing things to happen but rather ease in and out of what needs to be done.

Goodness, is this a useful time and possibility to practice being gentle.

Loving everything as it is. Even tiredness. //Wivan

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Coffee maker in Flores, today in Sweden

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Between flights

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Bags packed - heavier than last time

After a day of all different feelings yesterday and a couple of dips in the Atlantic, I got organized and got some cleaning done, washed up and started packing my bags last night.

This morning after walking the dogs, I finished everything two minutes before my own deadline and drove off to the airport in Santa Cruz.

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A blue day

Met the house- and dog owners at the airport, had a coffee with them and even got a couple of presents!

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Key chain holder from Taj Mahal

One cool thing to pimp my backpack with – a key chain holder to use for the zipper that’s boken, and a pretty scarf from India! Getting spoiled, I’m telling you.

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Pashmina scarf, matching my mala

Now I’m on Saõ Miguel island before next flight to Pico, and will reach Lisboa late tonight. The ticket was only £35, and with that comes visiting several airports during the way ;).

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Walk with two dogs

Will remember the island of Flores and the time we’ve spent there forever. And we’ve said we will come back to Flores in the future.

Ok, soon time to board the second plane.
See you later!
//Wivan

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Ponta Delgada airport in Saõ Miguel

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Quick lunch

Signs of becoming Floresian

Or “Driving on 3rd gear from Lajes to Santa Cruz”.

That’s definitely one of the signs of becoming more of a local than tourist; to be able to handle the turns and hills in such a way that you don’t need to drive only in 2nd gear, but actually can manage to use 3rd and 4th all the way between the villages.

Here are some other signs of starting to become a bit more like the locals:

* You think white bread is perfect and can’t remember why you would eat anything but wheat or corn bread.
* You’re seriously thinking whether you should get some chickens and then a cow, or maybe a goat first.

Cows and calves in Lajes

Cows and calves in Lajes

* You think traffic lights and highways are scary and don’t know if you want to go there again.
* You feel ripped off if a double espresso costs more than € 0.60.

Double espresso, €0.50 in Fazenda

Double espresso, €0.50 in Fazenda

* You think placing stones on the roof of the house is a great way to secure the tiles from flying off.

This roof might need something more than just stones...

This roof might need something more than just stones…

* You open windows and doors and air out blankets, pillows and everything else made of fabric as soon as it’s dry outside. (including mattresses, teddy bears, fleece pajamas and more.)
* You’re totally fine with only having fresh food shipments every two weeks and think the idea of a huge supermarket is silly.

Supermarket in Lajes

Supermarket in Lajes

Soon time for a new shipment

Soon time for a new shipment

* You’re seriously thinking about getting a truck, a moped or a tractor. Who needs fancy cars when you can have workable vehicles.

Moped.

Moped.

* You no longer raise an eyebrow when there are chickens in the neighbor’s trees at night.
* You’re longing to mount a bread-box someplace, where the morning bread is delivered.

Bread- and post box combined

Bread- and post box combined

Bread box next to water meter

Bread box next to water meter

* Either you buy UHT-milk in the store, or you get fresh milk from the cow – are there other ways?
* Hiking and walking is mainly for tourists.

Lucky and Anders on one of our first hikes on the western part of the island

Lucky and Anders on one of our first hikes on the western part of the island

Seven days and counting

Agua Castello, sparkling water

Agua Castello, sparkling water

Now it’s seven days until I leave this beautiful island Flores in the Azores. Next Monday I’ll meet the house- and dog owners we’ve been sitting for and after talking to them and leaving the keys I’ll be on my way to Lisbon and further on to Sweden.

So, tonight I decided I’ll have one Agua Castello, Anders’ favorite sparkling water, per day until I leave – there are seven left. That’ll be my count down calendar.

Not that I really want to leave, but it’s kind of good to “see” how much time is left. Before Anders left we were already talking about wanting to come back here, it’s such a lovely place for people who like beautiful nature and quiet places.

Trying the sand in Fajã Grande

Trying the sand in Fajã Grande

Surely, I long to meet my family and friends in Sweden and we have things we want to do.

Lingongrova with cheese - I know Anders will have a few of those

Lingongrova with cheese – I know Anders will have a few of those

Anders has now settled down in the room we get to stay in close to his work place in Lund. He’s also picked up and driven his new motorcycle and seen parts of the family and a couple of our friends. Tomorrow will be his first day of work in seven months.
(He happened to spill a drink on his pants and the green sweater, so his kind hosts have helped him to clean it up before work).

Today I tried these natural pools in Fajã Grande

Today I tried these natural pools in Fajã Grande

There are certain things we’ve been talking about wanting to do, see or eat when in Sweden. And Anders has now started on that “list” in his first few days. Heard he was a bit tired after meeting and talking to all these people, suddenly being in a totally different environment after two rather quiet months out here on Flores island.

Me? I’m a physical person, and I have one thing in mind when I think of friends and family:

hug you

And I look very much forward to having a cup of my dad’s hot chocolate, and for someone to cook me a meal.

Tonight I’ll hug the dogs, but I won’t trust them to cook for me ;-).

// Wivan

Morning walk and back to bed

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The sun starting to come out

The past few days I’ve started to wake up earlier than before (don’t set an alarm) and the weather has been really good so I’ve taken Lucky for an early morning walk. And it’s so quiet in the village.

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Lucky taking in all the smells

To keep it easier for me, and calmer for the dogs, I take them separately for longer walks every day. And Lucky is my morning companion.

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Sky and clouds colored by the sun

Yesterday I drove off to Santa Cruz after the walk and had a swim and a few hours of sun bathing before noon.

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Cool star fish

This morning I am a bit tired and went back to bed for a nap and some reading – luxury huh!?

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Natural pools in Santa Cruz

It’s a bit easier for me to just get going in the morning and I love the quiet and freshness of a new day. But I have been in “training” with Anders (he’s an expert) to relax and also see when more rest is needed. So sometimes I do it this way.

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Natural "jet stream"

Happy Sunday to you all! And Happy Mother’s Day in Sweden!

//Wivan, the star fish wannabe

Magical moments

This is real, though it looks fake

This is real, though it looks fake

Had a lovely tour on the south-west part of Flores last night. One of those magical nights when the sea is almost still, no wind, nice temperature and well, the setting – nothing more to ask of that.

This is one of many great views of the island

This is one of many great views of the island

How the Atlantic looked like a polished dance floor with the sun shining among the clouds is a sight I’ll remember for ever. It was all so beautiful it’s impossible to take pictures that actually give a hint of the real thing. And yet everything on the pictures look so perfect I had to put a person in some of them to make it a bit more real…

See?!

See?!

This one is for my friend Inga-Lill

This one is for my friend Inga-Lill

It’s still rather calm and quiet here on the island, though the tourist season begun a few weeks ago – we’ve seen more and more rental cars and typical tourists (they’re easy to spot among the locals…).

Some tourists look like this

Some tourists look like this

We’ve been lucky to be here so early in the year, with quite warm and good weather (it’s gotten so much better in the past weeks) and almost everyplace we’ve gone for hiking and sightseeing we’ve been totally alone. That’s really something!

The views, the sea, the green green grass

The views, the sea, the green green grass

Now this is what I call a good Friday night.

Laughing, crying and just quietly taking in this view

Laughing, crying and just quietly taking in this view

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Spontaneous day

Seems to be extra easy to be spontaneous today – you ever noticed some days are different than others? I guess it’s our mental state doing that, but anyhow.

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Beautiful path down the mountain

This morning, after a nice walk with Lucky-the-Dog and some stretching/movment and brunch, I felt such big feelings of love I just couldn’t stay inside or by the computer – had to get out. Wanted to go to one of my favorite spots on the island, by some lakes inland but as I drove towards the place I realized it was to cloudy and misty for it to be any sight whatsoever by the lakes. Instead I went back to Fajã Lopo Vaz, where Anders and I went hiking one of our first weeks here.

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Parcour dog

Today little Irviljish was my company, and I thought we would just take a little walk – not do the entire hike down to the Fajã – but, as we walked along the trail it was so good conditions, the temperature perfect, the grass newly cut along the trail and so we went on until we reached the beach!

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Fajã Lopo Vaz, Flores

Last time Anders and I were here we never reached the water but today I managed to do that.

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Happy dog

On the way back up the cliffs I was sweating like crazy and understood the value of not wearing cotton, like I did today. It gets really wet and cold after a while. And smells!

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Some type of jelly fish

So, though I had a different plan, I went along with what felt good at the moment and had such a lovely time with little Miss Pawsome.

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Two tired girls

This afternoon Anders will be back in Sweden, going to my mom’s place overnight, and tomorrow visit the storage with all our boxes to pick up some things. Glad he had a safe flight back and a bit touched by him being in Sweden – feels odd to know he’s there and I’m here.

// Wivan – off to get ice cream

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Charming red face

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Unusual to see bikes here on Flores