This is to…

… missing people and places we have met during our lives, to family and loved ones we think of, to missing Sweden and all its lovely weirdness, to nature and beauty, to tears and laughter, to love and loss, to life and death. This is to all the things that are part of living and still not understanding one single thing.

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Lotus flower

Last night we stayed up late, talking about what we want and need right now.

All of a sudden we realized we easily get caught up in what is happening around us here, and that we quite often do things when what we really need in that moment is to take a deep breath and ask ourselves what we want to do or what’s most needed for us right now.

Saying yes to invitations, or to take another step into local life in order to learn and understand more is at times extremely tiresome and challenging. Lots of fun of course, and tiresome.

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Moon and palm trees

We start to understand how used we are to having time on our own, to be able to walk out a door without meeting a single person (yes, in Sweden one can actually be alone rather often), how we are longing for the sometimes isolated life many Swedish people live – that we also not always like – it is nice when people come together to help and care for each other.

We start to wonder how to get the mix we’d like to have – to have a place to stay where we can choose when to meet with others and when to be alone. Where people greet and care for each other, are willing to help and still give one another privacy. Where it’s ok to say yes to dinner today, and no thanks tomorrow. Where there are less questions about how we choose to lead our lives and more acceptance for differences. Where the climate is good and there is an openness to views if life we’re not familiar with. Where love flows and there’s a big acceptance for people.

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How did we end up helping to repair this roof?

Sure, we’re the first to say that we are all responsible for creating a way of living and an surrounding environment that we like and can thrive in. And yet there are certain things we as humans can not control, and most certainly we can not change others – only ourselves. So who are we, Anders and Wivan, in the middle of all these thoughts and longings?

Right now I think we have more questions than answers, and accept that fact. Who knows what will happen today or tomorrow. We’ll take our responsibility for ourselves and see to our needs, and from that we see what happens and where we end up.

With love, gratitude and many questions,
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