The journey has begun

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Walking with two backpacks

Today I started my journey bound for Denver, Colorado. The plane doesn’t leave until tomorrow, but I’ll be spending the night in Malmö at a friend’s.
It’s been a couple of intense days before leaving Anders and the island this morning. I’ve applied for a part-time job for this coming fall, and getting the application ready has been very stressful. Totally out of my comfort zone to follow the given rules for applying and to manage to update my cv.
The good thing is I made it, and next time it probably won’t be as hard.

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Grandma choosing cookies

Before getting on the train, I visited grandma and we went out for a “fika” (coffee and a cookie) and did some shopping.

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Great way to keep track of the passport

Now it’s a three hour train ride, and I am happy to have some tricks to help me organize the packing, especially when doing a stop for a night before flying.

I love my little plastic bag that holds the passport, vaccination card and a pen – very often when traveling one needs to fill out forms, so keeping a pen together with the passport (and later also the boarding card) comes handy.

Before take off I’ll save the address and other details on where I am going, in case that is needed for any paper work, or if it’s needed for transportation. I save those things in a document on my phone, where I can reach it offline and I don’t need to hold on to a bunch of papers.

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Kitchen cabinet at home

Three weeks away from Anders and our home in Sweden is ahead, and I have mixed emotions about that.
It’s been so great to have a home base since we got back to Sweden, and Anders and I haven’t been apart for this long since last September.

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Anders and the soap bubbles

Ok, I promise to update during the trip, and let you know what’s cooking in Colorado these days.
Haven’t been there since 2007, but have met with my brother and his family in Sweden instead over those years.

Ciao for now!
//Wivan

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Anyone need house-sitters?

As we wrote the other day, we have no plans after 7th of November. Well, we might have an assignment as dog- and house-sitters in the Azores in April and May of 2015, but up until then we would love to explore more of southern Europe. Maybe do some work, be of service as house-sitters or take care of someones pets and/or kids.

Since our plans changed drastically – from moving to Spain and run a company on the coast south of Alicante, we’re now very creative on what is possible for us to do, be and see in the future.

Less than five weeks until the new owner moves in to our house

Less than five weeks until the new owner moves into our house

Last week we signed up at the website TrustedHouseSitters.com to be able to find house- and pet-owners in need of help to care for their dogs, cats and other pets and property.

We’re also having lots of creative thoughts about ways of earning an income while we’re on the road, and we’re up for suggestions and connections in either the warmer parts of Europe or other places of the world – requirement: it needs to be sunny and a bit warmer than Sweden. 😉

Do you have any suggestions on where to go, someone to contact or a person or family that needs a house-sitter? Please share what you know with us, we’d appreciate it greatly. Who knows what shows up during these coming weeks?

Morning walk in Torre de la Horadada in May of 2014

Morning walk in Torre de la Horadada in May

Feels like we’ve never been this playful, filled with excitement and capacity to take on all the un-expected things showing up. Guess we’re getting just as much as we’re ready for, and that what was taken away from us also meant a great possibility to explore even more.

Our story still is un-told to the greater public, so please share this with others you think might be inspired. Thanks!
// Wivan & Anders