The boat is here!

Earlier today The Boat arrived to the harbor of Lajes das Flores. That means deliveries are happening on the island. It’s been two weeks since the last shipment and the stores have sold out things that will now be back on the shelves.

Deliveries coming in today

Deliveries coming in today

For example did the entire island run out of cement. Not a single bag of the grey powder was to be found, and now it’ll be back in stock! We saw cars arriving on The Boat, so some people will have new vehicles to drive in.

The harbor in Lajes das Flores

The harbor in Lajes das Flores

And we will again be able to find fresh cabbage, different sorts of fruits, broccoli, fresh pepper, red onions, cucumber, carrots and other things. The last time The Boat arrived, we learned at what time during the day deliveries are made to which store, so there is no need to go to the “Green Store” before about six o clock at night, because the smaller stores here in Lajes will get deliveries first, then comes the green store in Fazenda das Lajes.

The <3 Boat

The ❤ Boat

Starting to feel a bit more like locals now!

// Anders and Wivan, going to the store a little bit later

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Shopping in Flores; we found coffee!

Oh yes, we got a tip that there’s a good supermarket in the next village so we decided to go check it out. It doesn’t look much, but they’ve got lots of variety and also more fresh food in there! We went all in and felt very spoiled to get fresh apples, pears, salad (!), eggs, yoghurt, grounded coffee (hurray!), black tea (they mostly sell herbal teas here), and canned tomatoes.

Anders outside "The green store"

Anders outside “The green store”

What was surprising though was that they were out of onions the first time we went, but we did get several pieces of nice garlic. And we found some good frozen fish, and some minced meat so that Anders can make his Flores version of Chili con carne.

Shelves filled up with fresh ingredients after the boat arrived

Shelves filled up with fresh ingredients after the boat arrived

Wivan found ground coffee

Wivan found ground coffee

So, just a few minutes away by car, we all of a sudden found several variations of grounded coffee, and two or three different black teas, as well as fresh fruits that are not bananas 😉 And earlier this week the boat came in, so the shelves of this particular store were totally packed with fresh goodies.

"French style" food storage - in the closet!

“French style” food storage – in the closet!

Don’t think we’ve ever been so happy after a round of shopping, it felt very good to get things we like to have in the kitchen, especially the fresh ingredients, and a little broader variety, even though we like the game of cooking with few ingredients. And know what!? We even got coconut milk! And sunflower seeds. Wivan’s totally happy!

More joyful cooking ahead!

// Anders and Wivan

Shopping in Flores, part 2

Oh yes, this will be a series of posts, because to us who grew up and have lived so many years in a country where the regular supermarkets are extremely well equipped, being here on the small island Flores is teaching us a lot.

Anders likes to drink orange juice, but as we wrote the other day, the boat with fresh ingredients only come in twice per month and all stores don’t carry all types of foods or drinks. But, we did find one sort in the small supermarket near our place. It’s a tree-pack with a straw attached to each of them:-)

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Um Bongo

And when it comes to coffee, it seems very difficult to find grounded coffee. Either we find four different sorts of whole beans, or we find fifteen different kinds of Nescafé. Wivan now thinks it’s a fun mission to keep looking in different supermarkets to see if she can find grounded coffee, otherwise we will switch back to Nescafé which used to be our fix before the Bialetti moka maker we bring along.

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Bialetti moka maker

So what do we learn from this? To adjust and adapt to our current situation. And know what?! It works fine!

// Anders and Wivan

Family meetings and updates

So many decisions, thoughts, ideas and conversations are happening now and we sometimes have a hard time to keep up with everything, between the two of us.

What we’ve done is to book a meeting, just the two of us, to make a quick update and talk about what’s happening at the moment. We’re also making sure we know where we are in this process. Anders can’t know what’s going on in Wivan and vice versa. So instead of guessing, we’re talking about it and in order to stay together and strong during this time we want to check up and see if we’re still on the same page.

Unusual coffee break away from home

Unusual coffee break away from home

Anders is working full-time in his job while Wivan has quite little work to do and therefore handle more of the calls, planning and packing at the moment. Right now we’re at a point where we want to sell off a bunch of stuff from the house, things we don’t want to store or that aren’t that important to us and we want to get rid of.

Time together

Time together

We’re using Google calendar for our common events and bookings, making sure both of us have the same information. It works perfectly on the computer, phone and tablet.

For check-lists we’re using trello.com, a great way of keeping track of projects and being able to move things from “to do” ->”doing” ->”done” that everyone invited to a specific list can see and edit. This is also an app that we use in our phones and tablets.

Boxes ready to be stored away

Boxes ready to be stored away

To keep track of all of the boxes we’re packing and will store, we’ve created a document in Google drive. All the boxes have an individual number, so we can write down what each box contains and search for specific items if we need to.

Packing...

Packing…