Breakfast in box

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It was a fresh and yummy smoked salmon wrap with lots of green salad. And a bottle of pear juice. So glad I found something savory and this good this morning, ’cause now my brain seem to have shut down a bit.

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Lisboa airport

It’s Friday morning, right? No, I try to remember it’s Tuesday. Is it?
Had a big time-confusion last night where I was one hour off, and luckily that was discovered before going to bed… Otherwise this morning wouldn’t be about breakfast and trying out skin care products in the Tax Free shop.

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A favourite 'sample'

See, this is something I love doing; (Anders thinks it’s a bit funny) I sample luxurious skin care products and make sure to try them on my legs and arms, and the face = free high quality products before flying.

This is something I started doing when I flew frequently to Helsinki in Finland some years ago. Haven’t started doing manicure or full make up in those shops, but some nice smelling lotion works perfect as a little travel-treat.

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Through security and then some body lotion

Brain shutting down; not so strange, haven’t been around this much people since over two months. Have to slowly adjust to busier life after those quiet months on Flores.

Enjoy your day and remember that it’s Friday today. Or Tuesday.
Doesn’t matter, today it’s time for my re-entry to Sweden.

❤ Wivan

Five flights later…

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In the nice bathroom

Yes, it’s right, I’ve today taken off and landed five times. One of them I didn’t need to get off the plane in between, but the rest have been separate flights. Yet another experience.

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My new BFF

Let’s say it is nice to have arrived at the hotel for a few hours of rest before going back to the airport tomorrow morning. I did see a Starbucks in there, that might be my breakfast!

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Apple and a stretch in Pico airport

Captain Flip Flop?

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One of the nine Azorean islands

“On behalf of Captain Flip Flop and his crew I would like to thank you for flying with us today.”

Really? Did I just fly with Señor Flip Flop? Probably not, but if that’s not his name, it sounds very much like it.

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Filling up with water on Pico island

We did a quick drop-off-pick-up in Terceira island on the way here, and now it’s less than an hour before next take off: to Lisboa!

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Still happy

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

Separate ways

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Sightseeing last Saturday

Now Anders is off to main land Portugal, to stay in Lisboa a few days before returning to Sweden for the first time in almost seven months.

I’m staying here on the island for another two weeks before going to Stockholm and a family reunion, so it’ll be three weeks until the two of us get together again.

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Anders outside airport security

Seven months we’ve been together every single day. Seen new places, finding our way to different houses (without gps), getting to know people and pets, trusting other people’s kindness, talked about life and our innermost fears, joys and dreams, explored and lived.

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The dogs didn't want Anders to leave

We’ve split our First Aid Kit in two and taken one mobile charger each… And yes, it most likely will be odd not spending time together tomorrow. And the coming 21 days.

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Anders, the camera man

Now it’s a new time in our lives and again; a chance to embrace change.

//Wivan

First day in Flores island

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Coast of Flores

It’s overwhelming to see how extremely green and dramatic the landscape of this little island is! We’d heard about it, seen pictures, but to see it with our own eyes is something totally different. Just the flight in over the island yesterday was an experience, and then the drive from the airport to “our” little village, Lajes.

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Lajes this morning

After arriving yesterday afternoon, we were picked up by the neighbor of our host, and got a ride to one of the supermarkets to get some groceries, and then a little sightseeing tour by car. The total trip took us about 14 hours from door to door, but we were in the air for only a little over five (!) hours. Tonight we will meet the dog we’re sitting the coming two months: Lucky.

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Airline " SATA, The Atlantic and you"

We’re staying on the island for about two months and still haven’t booked the tickets back. This coming summer we’re staying in Sweden and since Anders needs to get back a little earlier than Wivan, it’s good we haven’t booked any dates yet. And, we’ve learned more about the booking of travels to these islands, so we’ll probably be able to cut the costs with about half by doing it a little bit different:

On our flight out here, we booked all the three tickets at the same time via Momondo. The price was a bit higher than what we’re now looking for when going back to Sweden in late May or early June. For this time we will order tickets from Flores to Lisboa separately to make it cheaper. We plan on staying one night in Lisboa before flying to Copenhagen with the budget airline Norwegian and take the train to Sweden.

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Green and lots of flowers: Flores island

By doing this, we can choose tickets for dates that have lower prices and match them by staying one night in Lisboa. Sure, to stay overnight can cost a bit too, but on the other hand, we get to see a new city!

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One of the supermarkets in Lajes

Today we have focused on resting and to settle in a bit in our new home. We’ve also been on a walk to find one of the supermarkets in the village to get some extra things we forgot yesterday. Promise to tell you more about the shopping here on the island in a later post!

Take care! // Anders & Wivan

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On the plane yesterday