Our current situation:

Want to write a short update on what’s going on with these two life travellers who’ve been parked in Sweden for almost a year now.

Karlskrona a few weeks ago

  • Still in Sweden
  • Anders is recovering from years and years of mental and physical stress
  • My new work-contract is until 1:st of March 2018
  • Two homes: Kristianstad and Aspö
  • Have started our second round of IVF (assisted conception)
  • Live a lot in the “unknown” when it comes to planning and trying to control our situation, energy-levels, time schedule and activities 
  • Focus on living a good and joyful basic life where sleep, fresh air, physical movement, reading, eating good food and taking care of our relationship are the keys

    My bike today…

    Skating om the lake Immeln a few weeks ago

    January walk by the water on Aspö

    Aspö in January

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    @home weekend

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    Sheep cup of coffee

    Saturday morning, have had my breakfast and read some blogs, getting ready to go to the gym and then visit grandma and see how she’s doing.

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    Sun on the ferry yesterday

    What a nice feeling yesterday; to come back home to Anders after a couple of nights away when working in Kristianstad. And to land back on this island of Aspö where we stay now. I love it!

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    Sunny evening

    Today I am a bit tired, it’s been a couple of intense days with lots of people, conversations and many hours in front of the computer.

    Grateful for being able to take the day as it comes – no strict plans!

    Wivan

    Mission soon Completed

    There is a special feeling to having house owners coming back after a vacation when we have been in charge of their home and animals. A sense of Mission Accomplished, pride and some type of relief in being able to welcome them back to a clean house and animals that are in good shape.

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    Harvest of eggs and tomatoes

    Tonight is our last night “in charge” of this house and the animals, for this time. We look forward to having the owners back home, they’re good friends of ours and we like not only to enjoy their beautiful property but also their company.

    So, this too is a part of house sitting, to prepare to leave the responsibility back to the owners and for us to step back and just be visitors. This time we will stay for another week though, to continue helping out with a renovation project in the old stable and exchange our work for food an accommodation.

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    Wivan looking for caterpillars

    Then we take to Paris for a few days before the plane leaves for Bali. That feels right on time now, since autumn has arrived with cooler temperatures and chilly winds around the hills.

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    Autumn leaves on the ground

    Until next time!
    Anders and Wivan

    Ten months without a home

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    Our new, smaller storage

    It’s been ten months since we moved out from our house and stepped in to a new way of living. A nomadic lifestyle if you want. We’ve been house sitting for people who has been away, we’ve exchanged work for food and accomodation, and this summer we’ve stayed with family and friends in Sweden, and we have experienced more kindness and hospitality than ever.

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    Wivan's backpack usually gets an own seat on the train

    And here’s an amazing fact: in ten months, we have payed for 20 nights in hotels or bed and breakfast – that’s less than one out of ten months. The rest of the time we’ve had a bed to sleep in, roof over our heads and a table to sit at for free.

    We’ve learned many things along the way. One of them is that there’s a big will to help other people out, to share what we have with someone else, and a huge trust in human kind. It’s been wonderful to see, feel and live among all of this and we look forward to continue sharing what we have with others along the road.

    Love,
    Wivan

    FAQ

    Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions we get about our life, lifestyle and living.

    Where are you now?
    Currently we’re in the island Flores in the Azores. Anders will stay here till the end of May and Wivan till the beginning of June and then we’re going back to Sweden over the summer.

    After Beach

    After Beach

    What is it you’re doing?
    Taking a time-out, doing what we’ve dreamed of for a long time; travel and have time to think. In order to experience life like locals, we house sit and care for pets at different people’s houses while they’re away from home. We get to stay for free while they have someone to care for their property and their pets = win win.
    At times we’ve also done some workaway-projects, where we’ve been working 4-5 hours per day, 5 days per week, in exchange for food and accommodation.

    The dogs Lucky and Irviljish, our current "clients"

    The dogs Lucky and Irviljish, our current “clients”

    How long will you be travelling?
    We don’t know. There’s no complete plan, no time line or set dates. We try and make decisions by feeling what’s inspiring and fun, how we are doing and what places/climate we’d like to be in.

    How do you earn money?
    Right now we don’t work. We live out of savings and some passive income from work we’ve done earlier with Mannatech. This upcoming summer we will be working in Sweden in our former jobs.

    Wivan found €30 on a walk last week

    Wivan found €30 on a walk last week

    What’s it like not having a place of your own?
    It’s working very well for us this far, we feel at peace with our chosen situation and enjoy trying another way of living. At times it’s tiring to move in and out of places but mostly it’s been great. When in mainland Europe we brought our own pillows everyplace we stayed which was a good thing!
    We still have a home away from home at Wivan’s mom’s house, where we will spend some time this summer.

    Last day in France

    Last day in France

    What do you do during the days?
    Well, we don’t always do very much and we practice to go with the flow, do what we feel like and when we feel like it. Sounds a bit hippie-like to some, but really, it’s a practice! (Especially for Wivan…).

    The pets we take care of are always a priority and we love to talk and think about things; patterns, feelings and basically we’re finding out what life is all about. (We will tell you when we’re “done”!).
    We also watch movies, cook food, walk and exercise, try and find out what the places we visit are all about, do some sightseeing, swim, read, write, play games (Anders has a PS Vita). And we talk to friends and family, sleep, drink coffee, and do some cleaning (not too much).

    When the weather is good...

    When the weather is good…

    Watching the clouds

    Watching the clouds

    Wivan on one of her alone-time hikes

    Wivan on one of her alone-time hikes

    Do you speak French now that you’ve been in France?
    No, we’ve learned some basics, but it’s a lot left to learn.

    What’s it like to spend so much time together?
    This far it’s been a lot of fun and we learn things from and with each other; getting to know our selves and each other in new ways and it’s taking our relationship to a new level. At times it would be nice to be able to do more things on our own, like we used to back in Sweden.
    Still it feels like a wonderful gift to be able to, and want, to spend so much time together after being a couple for about 16,5 years. We laugh a lot more together now than we used to. That’s fun!

    Sun bathing in Santa Cruz

    Sun bathing in Santa Cruz

    Do you miss Sweden?
    Not really. Some people and places but at the moment we don’t miss living in Sweden. Rather, we like having a variety, being able to see and experience new places, people, food and lifestyles. We do look forward to spending the summer in our old hoods and with our dear ones.

    Midsummer Eve 2014

    Midsummer Eve 2014

    Did we miss anything you’d like to ask us? Please feel free to send us a message here through the contact form or e-mail us at: anwisandberg[at]gmail.com

    // Anders & Wivan

    New area and new people

    It’s been two really great days for a couple of travelers like us – yesterday we were invited for dinner to a couple we’re going to house sit for in January, and together with in total five others we had a wonderful time and learned new things and of course got to know new people.

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    On our way in the car with Alfie the dog

    Today we took a walk and had tea with a couple we’re house sitting for in February, again a nice way to learn more about the area and the people living here.

    Both of those couples live near the village we are in at the moment, and the January house sit we got thanks to the February-couple. So we got recommended before we even met them!

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    Met this beauty on one of the walks today

    Since we’ve been “homeless” for five weeks now, it’s always lovely to be invited to someones home and be taken care of. But also to get to know new people. And really, we meet lots of amazing people, inspiring and willing to help us in all different ways.

    Yesterday we also got a good offer from the owners at our current house sit; to stay for some extra days in exchange for some work around the house. After sleeping on it for a night, we decided to say yes and will stay here until we go to Egypt on the 17th of December.

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    Pretty details in the garden

    We’re feeling more and more trust in getting the help we need and to find solutions for whatever situation may come up. This is exploring life at its best!

    // Anders & Wivan