Some of you reading this blog know us already. Some have found us through a friend or by searching for something on the web. Maybe you’re a WordPress-blogger yourself and saw a new blogger showing up in the feed.
Let’s take it from the beginning. Or, where we see this journey started:
Since way back we’ve had ‘dream boards’ in our house. Simply card board or large papers with lots of pictures on them. Pictures and texts that inspire us, things we’re dreaming of and wishing to give/recieve/achieve/places to go, or things to experience.
One of the pictures on one of our dream boards: Gilleleje in Denmark
In the summer of 2013 Wivan got a very clear vision during a yoga and meditation class. The insight at this time was that it’s possible for us to travel for a longer time, or to move abroad. That we’re not tied down to the place we live, and that we’re actually free to do whatever we want.
After that we started talking about the possibilities of this vision to actually become reality and to sell our house. We were doing research on house-sitting in Australia, how the legal things looked for travellers in South America and if it would be possible to bring our dog along.
In the early fall of 2013 we had four different real estate agents coming to look at and value our house – just wanting to check who we’d like to take care of us and the sale of our place.
Anders started talking to his boss about getting a transfer to the office in Tokyo, Japan – as a possible way to get a head start in travelling and living abroad for a few years.
Vacation in Bulgaria, september 2013. Building our dream stronger
Since we didn’t know where we’d like to go, we tested quite a few ideas of New Zealand, Thailand, southern Europe, Asia and what not. We knew we’d like to stay in a place that’s warm and sunny – not having to live through the rather cold and dark Swedish winters. We were clear on not making any decisions until we actually knew where we’d like to go – in order not to just escape but actually have a place we’d like to get to.
In the spring of 2014 we wanted to check out the possibilities of starting up a business with Mannatech in Spain – we had heard some rumours of the company wanting to open in Spain and we decided to check out a couple of cities and meet with some people there. When visiting Wivans uncle south of Alicante and then taking the train to Barcelona we realized it felt like being home. That’s where the spark ignited.
Fresh lemons on the tree, in Spain March 15th 2014
What if we would actually check out the possibilities of living in Spain? The costs of living are much lower there than in Sweden. How long could we stay on the money we had?
Since we’re rather fast once we’ve gotten an idea, we started planning for moving, talking to the real estate agent and preparing her for a move further on in the spring.
Made another trip to Alicante and Torre de la Horadada where we found out it’s a village we’d like to stay in. And we checked out details regarding a company we’d like to buy and run together.
Anders on the beach of Alicante, Spain, in april 2014
When we got back home, the preparations started in order to sell our house… And from that place is where this blog headed off. We started making videos, planning for the house and garden, checking details on the company and talking with friends and family.
During the summer we’ve spoken endless hours about what life might serve us when moving away from the country we both were born in. The process has sometimes been tough, scary, tiring and very educational. As a couple we’ve grown together, opening up more and more to our dreams and desires. We’ve looked at those dream-boards and seen that most of the pictures we’ve put up there actually are pictures of travels, ocean, sunny places… like the one we’re now planning on moving to. So instead of just travelling, we’ve extended the dream to actually try and move from Sweden.
The Mediterranean Sea in Torre de la Horadada
For how long we’ll be living abroad we don’t know. If we buy the company it’ll be Spain for the coming years, if not we might be moving around for some time. We’ll see. And you know what? It’s lots of fun not knowing, it feels like we’re more alive than in a long, long time. We’re having more play, laughter, music and love in our daily lives than in many years. Just by making the decision to take a leap.