Living, laughing, loving

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

//Wivan

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In less than two weeks

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Wivan sorting out her packing

Now it’s less than two weeks until the both of us are leaving Sweden again. Over the past few weeks it has been a lot of planning and preparations to get our things sorted out in time for the departure.

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Right now it's a mess

After three months in Sweden, Anders is working his last day at Sony Mobile in a week and then he’s taking off to Sicily for a week of fun, sun and motorcycle tours.

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Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel

Wivan will go to Portugal to try out her dream of surfing, one of many things on her bucket list.

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Six new pairs of underwear

After our separate little trips, we’re meeting up in France for a reunion with hosts from last winter’s house sit, and will do a two week long sit at one of the places.

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Summer day walk

And then… In late October, there is a plan of going to South East Asia over the winter. Sunshine, waves, snorkling, swimming, fresh food, new cultures and places are on our minds.

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Friends

So now we’re hugging friends and family, checking in with dentists and vaccination clinics, selling stuff from our storage and plan to sell the car.

It’s a good time to practice being in “The moment”. And to enjoy this wonderful Swedish summer.

//Anders and Wivan

Can’t stop obsessing

As we wrote some week ago, we’re thinking and doing some research about what to do and where to go next winter. The place we’ve gotten several hints about is Costa Rica with its beautiful beaches, forests, warm but not too warm weather, growing coffee, bananas and cocoa (!), a rich wild life and possibilities to surf and talk Spanish.

Picture: wavetribecompany.com

Picture: wavetribecompany.com

But we’re also talking about Bahamas and the romantically beautiful Maldives…

Swiming pigs in Bahamas. Picure: grandisleresort.com

Swiming pigs in Bahamas. Picure: grandisleresort.com

One of many islands in the Maldives. Picture: hoom.se

One of many islands in the Maldives. Picture: hoom.se

Since we don’t know yet what will happen at Anders’ work (they’re laying off about 50% of the staff), we don’t want to book anything or make too serious plans. But, we can still think about it and check some things out. Our hope is to continue travelling for an extended period of time, and in the thought process we’ve also opened up for other things: is there anything we really want to do, see and experience if there are no limitations?

What comes back in my dreams are the horse back tours; to check out new places and experience travelling by horse. And to be working with cattle or horses in a farm. This is not really something we’re gonna do together though, Anders have never been riding a horse and the obsession for horseback riding is mine. He’s open to try, but probably won’t go for a two or three week tour or a three month Workaway project with me.

When I started looking at different possibilities, my mind and imagination went totally wild! I started crying when reading about and seeing pictures of tours in Mongolia and love watching the images of cowboys and cowgirls riding on the wide plains in the US. Excitement and happiness fills me when seeing people on horses in the summer landscape of southern France or Bulgaria. I just can’t stop obsessing about it.

Picture: inthesaddle.com

Picture: inthesaddle.com

This has been a dream of mine for so many years, to go riding in different countries in the summer or to travel by horse on Iceland for weeks at a stretch. It all comes back to life now when I’m seeing broader possibilities.

Riding on Iceland. Picture: ishestar.se

Riding on Iceland. Picture: ishestar.se

Through the network of Workaway, it might be possible to travel, work 4-5 hours per day at a ranch or farm and go riding and staying at the place for free. Maybe even work with horses and cattle as part of the daily chores.

Not having to pay for the stay and instead offer my hours is a good way to make trips like these less expensive. Who wouldn’t want a Swedish cowgirl coming to work?! I’m also looking for not-so-perfect-and-polished places, meaning I wouldn’t want to stay at a 5-star hotel but rather in clean sheets at a ranch, or in a sleeping bag in a jurt or tent.

Picture: thehideout.com

Picture: thehideout.com

It’s so much fun to let out the girlish dreams and excitement about this riding trip/exploring I’ve kept for so long. And though I’m travelling together with my husband, it’s also of most importance that we do whatever we feel we long to do, otherwise none of us will be happy.

So, during his trip to Sicily this coming September, he’s going with a good friend and they’re gonna drive motorcycles around the island. That’s one of his dreams. And I’ll be surfin’ in Portugal instead.

Gonna stop looking at riding trips and be where I’m at now; in Flores. It’s May and this is where we are at the moment :-).

Take care and keep dreaming!
// Wivan