It’s summer and I love the colours of June in Sweden!
Grateful to be able to go outside, take a breath of fresh air and feel the warmth of the sun.
Want to write a short update on what’s going on with these two life travellers who’ve been parked in Sweden for almost a year now.
The past two years we’ve spent the winter abroad, we’ve been in France, Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
This year we’ve decided to stay in Sweden for several reasons. It’s a choice we’re happy with, though our thoughts often touch the warm beaches we’ve been to and our bodies long for sunshine and fresh fruit.
Who knows what the future brings, maybe we’ll staying in a sunny and warm place again next year.
For now, we treasure the days of sunshine and try to get outside during daylight every day. (Sweden is rather dark this time of year).
Hope you enjoy your days wherever you are!
//Wivan and Anders
How do you make a change? One step at a time.
Want to climb a mountain? Take one first step, and then another, and another…
Reminding myself to let life be a process, nothing to rush or try to arrange in beforehand. There are plans for the fall, thoughts about how I want it to turn out and since I can be a person of action, I would love it to just be a list of things for me to do or organize. But it’s not – there are others involved with timelines and decisions out of my control and I have to just live with it.
For example; we have decided to stay in Sweden at least over the fall, probably longer, and I’ve applied for some jobs. The outcome of that is out of my control at the moment. I did my part, and now it’s just waiting to see what happens.
In combination with that, Anders and I will need a place to stay during the weeks – so we’ve been looking at mobile homes and small apartments online. Nothing to decide on or act on just yet.
But it would be great to know how it all will turn out, what the fall actually will look like. Well, isn’t that what many of us wish a lot of the time?
The problem with having too clear plans or expectations is that we tend to miss the opportunities that show up, or forget how to be flexible and adjust to what is in the moment.
So, let’s take one step at a time and let the path light up bit by bit.
After 23 hours of traveling from Frisco, Colorado to Malmö, Sweden, I did a pit stop at a friend’s house before going back home to Anders.
This was a genious move in order to get a headstart on the jetlag. I was alone in my friend’s apartment and simply went to bed early, with ear plugs in and slept rather well till the next morning.
Then I was ok to go on the train to Karlskrona.
After visiting grandma for a couple of hours, I finally went home to Anders. After 3,5 weeks apart it was so nice to get back together!
It’s been 18 years since the first time we met (in person), and we’re still excited to live together, to grow and expand as people – and yet we have that core between us, that spark and love that’s kept us together through high and low.
It’s been a couple of days with long walks, talks and good meals together. It’s two weeks until I start working again, and it’s great to have some time just for us.
Ciao for now,
After returning to Europe from Asia last spring, I’ve been dedicated to getting in better shape and really making sure to move my body. I want to be a strong, flexible person without too much physical pain.
Being in the Western world makes this dedication easier for me as a woman. In many places we’ve been it’s not very common for women to work out or walk for exercise. And I have at times felt uneasy about men staring at me when out walking or stretching.
Also, the tropical heat of places we have been haven’t really helped the spirit to get even more sweaty or tired.
So, in Sweden I have enjoyed being at the gym – one in our home town Karlskrona, and one in the city I work in; Kristianstad.
And now, I go to the gym where my brother and his family goes. A small place with not so much people this far. It works very well for me.
This is one of the fun things (and sometimes tiring) of traveling; to find places and ways to keep on doing things you like and/or want to do, wherever that may be.
A tricky thing when going to a gym is finding the equipment you want, or figure out how many pounds a kilo is, or how to adjust the planned session to what is possible at this particular gym.
Anyways, it’s nice to have the possibility to do this for myself, and to feel I am getting stronger for each week. And to enjoy the perks of being physically able to work out, to have grown up in a part of the world where women are allowed to do things and are respected.
Take care and stay safe.
Today I started my journey bound for Denver, Colorado. The plane doesn’t leave until tomorrow, but I’ll be spending the night in Malmö at a friend’s.
It’s been a couple of intense days before leaving Anders and the island this morning. I’ve applied for a part-time job for this coming fall, and getting the application ready has been very stressful. Totally out of my comfort zone to follow the given rules for applying and to manage to update my cv.
The good thing is I made it, and next time it probably won’t be as hard.
Before getting on the train, I visited grandma and we went out for a “fika” (coffee and a cookie) and did some shopping.
Now it’s a three hour train ride, and I am happy to have some tricks to help me organize the packing, especially when doing a stop for a night before flying.
I love my little plastic bag that holds the passport, vaccination card and a pen – very often when traveling one needs to fill out forms, so keeping a pen together with the passport (and later also the boarding card) comes handy.
Before take off I’ll save the address and other details on where I am going, in case that is needed for any paper work, or if it’s needed for transportation. I save those things in a document on my phone, where I can reach it offline and I don’t need to hold on to a bunch of papers.
Three weeks away from Anders and our home in Sweden is ahead, and I have mixed emotions about that.
It’s been so great to have a home base since we got back to Sweden, and Anders and I haven’t been apart for this long since last September.
Ok, I promise to update during the trip, and let you know what’s cooking in Colorado these days.
Haven’t been there since 2007, but have met with my brother and his family in Sweden instead over those years.
Ciao for now!