No words

Nope, not many words or conclusions coming out right now. So here are a few pictures from the past few days.

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First time eating a woodapple

The stay at Horizon Inn is a very good treat for us, we relax deeper and deeper here.

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They have "real" coffee!

And we sleep well. Mornings have been surfing time. And we’ve seen a lot of monkeys around the house!

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Monkeys in the garden

Like being in a safari, sitting at the restaurant veranda.

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See the monkey?!

Trying to keep a low profile and slow pace.

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The year of the monkey

So, until next time!
//Anders and Wivan

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House hunting and choices

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One of many houses that needs a little repair

Walking, riding tuktuks, talking, discussing, drinking tea, asking for price… It’s been a day of looking for a place to stay a bit longer.

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Waiting for a guy to show us a house

We’ve stayed on the stretch between Weligama and Midigama, and were sure about the location we wanted, we had calculated on different prices in beforehand and thought of what features we looked for. We’ve been into small local houses, different guest houses and modern hotel/B&B’s and finally decided to make a deal with Horizon Inn, between Jungle beach and the fishermen’s village.

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Two ladies on the beach between Midigama and Kubalgama

It was a few things that stood out to us here: owners and staff have a very calm and welcoming energy, super clean and bright rooms, AC, fridge on the room(!), bed lights, walking distance to nice beaches, owners speaking good English, reasonable prices and we get to stay on the second floor.

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Mosquito thingy

Plus, one little detail that shows a lot of thoughtfulness: a mosquito repellent in each room, even if they usually don’t have mosquitos at this place they want to show their care and concern for us. Isn’t that smart!? And, they are more than willing to arrange for me to be able to cook my own food if I want to, have different pillows to choose from, they’ve heard from other customers about good coffee and got a nice machine, and we get to choose our breakfast from day to day.

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Reading lights!!!

So, today we have gotten a lot of training in the art of negotiating, of asking for what we want, staying true to ourselves even if others have different agendas and to go for a Hell Yes!

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Walking between places

It has already showed to be a good choice: we got an amazing rice and curry for dinner here, and both of us are breathing deeper after knowing we are staying a bit longer here.

Tomorrow morning I am off to the market with the mother of our local family, and Anders is sleeping in. After that, there’s no plan!

Good night!
//Wivan

Slowly, slowly

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The hotel pool

Seems like we can’t leave this place just yet. We’ve stayed at the same little hotel for a full week, and just decided to stay two more nights.
It’s a warm and familiar feeling, with caring staff and wonderful owners always making sure we’re well and happy.

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Fruits, spring rolls and green crêpes

Here we have met other guests, staying and enjoying the place and the Pemuteran area so much they too have prolonged their stay. They too have been open and willing to talk, smile and contribute to the nice atmosphere.

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Anders in the pool

So, we go against what most younger (we see ourselves as young) travelers do here on Bali, we stay longer time in the same place. And don’t make trips and excursions all the time, but actually slow down and try to let all the impressions and new views sink in a bit.
Even though we’re a bit different than many tourists, in the sense we have a long time planned in Asia, we easily get caught in the “see all we can”-trap. That is, to do the tours, to find the places and try out restaurant after restaurant.

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Beauty outside our door

What we did learn during our time in Europe last year and this, is that when we slow down and reduce the speed of things happening, we experience other parts of ourselves, we come closer to the local life, we enjoy every moment as it is and don’t need to chase down all experiences at once.

So, that’s part of why we now stay a bit longer here, where we like being and where we feel a family-like atmosphere that we truly love.

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Non alcoholic "Sweet Dreams"

In three weeks time, we have seen and done lots of things already, and when we seem to need a little down-time again, our bodies help us realize that by putting some small obstacle in the “way”, helping us rest and keep calm for a bit.
This life is truly amazing!

Xoxo,
Anders and Wivan

One of those days

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"My" new room

Now I’ve landed in Kristianstad where I’ll be working the coming weeks. Settled in at a new place I get to stay in while our friend who lives here is working in another city.

It’s Sunday, the weather has been shifting and I’ve been nervous before getting here and starting at work =  tired person. And very happy to be able to lay down on a sofa after traveling, biking, shopping and meeting all kinds of people.

Now relaxing and feeling comfortable, knowing things will turn out well tomorrow. Oh, I am grateful to live this super good life of mine!

Thanks ❤

//Wivan

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