Temple time and tuktuk

image

Temple visit outside Weligama

Yesterday was another day of wonderful experiences together with our new friends and the family that has taken us on as part of them.

image

Prayer flags at the temple

In the afternoon we went to one small and one big Buddhist temple nearby.

image

Always a tuktuk

Surfer Mona has a friend who owns a tuktuk, ‘Tuktuk Man’, and he drives us to the good surf beach in the morning, drove to the temple and also in to town.

image

Big Buddha and small Wiva

We’ve been snorkeling at a great little beach with a wonderful reef, had tea, fruit and cookies at the family’s house, and last night they cooked dinner for us again.

image

Tea tray, bananas and cookies

It’s something very special to experience this community of friends, families and the local life and we’re so grateful for the opportunity.

image

Fish bbq on the gas stove

The kids in the neighborhood are always saying hello and sometimes want to do a high five with us, most people are curious and smiling when we come by, and we try and learn a few words here and there.

image

Anders in front of the family's house

Till next time!
//Anders and Wivan

Advertisements

Swedish fika

Ever felt a craving for a cup of coffee or tea at around three o’clock in the afternoon?

image

Coffee and pain au chocolat + some extra chocolate

Well, you might be Swedish without even knowing it!

See, most Swedes cherish their “fika” (coffee break) almost as much as a full three week vacation. That time of relaxing, a small chat and something to nibble on really is worth a lot to many of us.

image

Morning "fika" outside, with some tea and cold water

Usually, it would be a cup of coffee and a sandwich at 10 am, and a cup of coffee and something sweet at 3 pm. But, as most cultures in the world, also Sweden has had some changes over the last… Decades. So it could also be a healthy smoothie or a fruit as the morning fika, and maybe a rye sandwich, a fruit, yoghurt or something totally different in the afternoon.

image

We like good coffee and travel with this Italian Bialetti coffee maker

Oh, “holy” as many people still see the coffee/tea break, there really are no rules around how to do it – it just sort of has to be. Let’s just say that when it’s Friday, lots of work places have an afternoon break with some home made sweets together with a chat over a cup. And if someone quits their job, it’s sort of expected of that person to serve the former colleagues something little extra as a good bye-gesture. What’s your favourite fika? And at what time do you serve it?

image

Hot cocoa and raisin buns at the market

New area and new people

It’s been two really great days for a couple of travelers like us – yesterday we were invited for dinner to a couple we’re going to house sit for in January, and together with in total five others we had a wonderful time and learned new things and of course got to know new people.

image

On our way in the car with Alfie the dog

Today we took a walk and had tea with a couple we’re house sitting for in February, again a nice way to learn more about the area and the people living here.

Both of those couples live near the village we are in at the moment, and the January house sit we got thanks to the February-couple. So we got recommended before we even met them!

image

Met this beauty on one of the walks today

Since we’ve been “homeless” for five weeks now, it’s always lovely to be invited to someones home and be taken care of. But also to get to know new people. And really, we meet lots of amazing people, inspiring and willing to help us in all different ways.

Yesterday we also got a good offer from the owners at our current house sit; to stay for some extra days in exchange for some work around the house. After sleeping on it for a night, we decided to say yes and will stay here until we go to Egypt on the 17th of December.

image

Pretty details in the garden

We’re feeling more and more trust in getting the help we need and to find solutions for whatever situation may come up. This is exploring life at its best!

// Anders & Wivan