Hello, good bye


Surf camp house in Ericeira

The life style we (Anders and Wivan) have choosen includes a lot of hellos, but also a lot of good byes.
Many people we meet encourage us to continue do what we dream of, no matter how different it might be to their way of living. A lot of people also say “Oh, to travel that much is something I dream of doing” or “You live the way so many people wish they were living”.

We do believe it’s possible to reach and act upon dreams, to make them happen. As we all know, hardly anything happens in life in the precise order or time we humans think is the “right” way, but it can still happen. Maybe what’s needed is to look at life and dreams from a different angle every now and then. To ask for someone’s view of it, just to broaden the perspective a bit.


what's your passion?

To take a different path in life, to make a change, usually needs us to say “hello” to something new, and “good bye” to something else. To embrace what earlier might have seemed frightening or odd and see where that takes us.


Portugese pattern on a house

This “hello, good bye” is not only for traveling, or leaving something physical, it’s also useful on thought patterns, relations and habits.

Today I am leaving Portugal to go to France. It’s a good bye and “hope to see you again”-time. I fell in love with Portugal already last spring when we spent two and a half months on Flores in the Azores.
I fell in love again this time, with the ocean, the food, the sun, surfing, people and views. For that I am very grateful.


Sunset in Ericeira

Now it’s time to re-unite with France, with friends and wonderful animals, views, food and nature. I look forward to that. But right now I allow myself to feel the depth of a good bye, a sense of that all we have is an ever changing wave, that we move on.

Till we meet again; good bye!


Lizandro beach


Pretty flowers


Rarely buy souvenirs, but this deck of cards reminds me of good times and might come handy


Some Starbucks-love this morning!

Living, laughing, loving


Our bedroom

Over the past two weeks I’ve shared a room with three other people that I didn’t know before coming here to the surf camp in Ericeira in Portugal.
In the house we’re staying with about 16 more people and some of them left last weekend, and some new moved in.


My wardrobe

We have all spent time together; surfing, eating, sun bathing, partying, talking, shopping, reading, listening to music and playing.

It’s so much fun, and it’s been a long time, if ever, since I laughed this much. This morning I woke up laughing, last night we went to bed laughing and telling stories.


Our schedule

Some of us at camp came here on our own, hoping to meet new friends and being part of the group. Some came together with their partner or friends. All of us hang out together, and to me it feels like a great way to travel. I have been very lucky with my room mates and felt comfortable from the start.


Puzzle at camp

Anders and I haven’t met in two weeks (he’s been to Sicily, then back in Sweden and now on the Greek island Corfu), it’s worked out very well for the both of us,  and we’ll meet up in France about a week from now.

Even though I am going to meet friends in France already on Monday, I surely will miss my room mates from camp after leaving tomorrow.
Today I enjoy a day of sun, laughs, friendship, life and loving every little part of it.


And the roller coaster continues


Matadouro beach

Life does not always take the turns we think, and especially not in the time frame we’re hoping/expecting/predicting.
Had a great surf day yesterday and in the beginning today, then my ribs started hurting again. Really bad. On the other side than last time.


Sunset last night

So, this surf trip probably will end with a few more days of rest before going to France on Monday. Was reminded from several people about how this roller coaster called life hardly ever is as predictable or as straight as we hope when trying to plan or take control over things.

So, I guess surfing is something I will get to practice more in the future.

Chill out!

“Bend more your knees”


Instructions before yesterday's free surfing

The words I keep hearing when trying to surf is instructor Diego’s “Bend more your knees”.

Yesterday I actually did get up to standing on the surf board and surfed a couple of waves. Happy happy!


Before warm up

We got bigger and more powerful waves in the afternoon and we were a bunch of people taking the chance to try our luck in the waves on our own.


Sun, sets of waves and paddling

Usually it’s a lot of waiting on the board to see a good wave, paddle to catch it and then hopefully time it right and get up.
Right now I try and try and try. Time after time. Getting caught in the waves on the way out again and trying to come through means lots of paddling.


Resting on the lunch break

Ok, time to go get ready for today’s BIG waves and tight sets.


First surf lesson


Happy after surfing

First day of surf school is over, and I long for tomorrow’s class. Today we had a short introduction in the morning, then it was a more practical part and hand-out of wet suits and boards after lunch.

No pictures from surfing today, I kept the phone away from the beach.


Cold coffee in the late sun

The lesson started on the beach with some warm-up, basic moves on the board and then we did the same moves out in the water with help from the instructors.


Tomorrow's schedule

Tomorrow will be early breakfast and morning surf. Looking forward to that!

//Wivan, still liking water and sunshine



Ericeira beach

So, I arrived in Lisbon and got on the bus to get to the camp I’ll be staying at the coming two weeks.

Sunshine, warm winds and the Atlantic. It’s wonderful to be back in Portugal, though this is main land, not the Azores. But they say hello in the same way, they have Azore-style tuna and well, it’s nice.


Some hours at the beach

There’s people checking in all day, and there’s still three beds left in “my” room. Let me tell you it’s somewhat a challenge to come to a place like this on your own when several other persons come here together. My former “lonely school girl” gets a chance to step up, relax and know that everything is ok, she’s perfectly ok and accepted.


Beach girl

After seeing some surfing today, I have started to wonder if I am really ready for this camp. Two weeks of surfing… It’s going to be rough at times. And fun!

Will keep you posted!


Camp site