Time alone among others

It’s been a rather people-intense week since our hosts came back from their vacation, and we’ve been working together most of the days and spent time with guests/visitors most days. I do love to be around people and yet am in need of time alone every now and then.
This morning I felt in need of some extra time just being on my own – something that can be rather rare when living as a guest in someone else’s house.

One of our jobs

One of our jobs

But, here’s the lovely thing about being honest, and staying at really nice people’s place – it’s ok! At a small break during today’s work, I said that I felt a little tired “on the inside” and needed some time alone. So, after lunch when I asked what the plan was for the rest of the day, the spontaneous answer was: “Aren’t you going on a walk, or a bike ride on your own?”.

Anders' photo art

Anders’ photo art

Love it! It was like they had planned for me to get away for a bit, to be alone and it was nothing odd or any hard feelings, rather totally natural. So I took a walk with a fresh podcast in my headphones and enjoyed the afternoon sun. Then a dip in the pool, a shower and some yoga in our room and here I am now, ready to face other people again!

Nice huh!?

See ya! // Wivan

Mental growth or whatever

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A friend hurt his fot the last day of his trip

Being hurt, not able to surf with the others or even do my surf pop-up training in a few days is pushing old “buttons” in my mind.

Thoughts are coming to visit and it’s quite interesting and tiresome to notice. So, as I said to a experienced surfer earlier today; this is probably doing a lot for my personal growth even though my surfer skills are not improved at the moment. Or, are they?

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Friend at the beach

Earlier in my life this would be a disaster, not to attend or be part of the group’s development. And to miss out on the physical training. Now I can see and hear those thoughts coming and most of the time I let them go as fast as they come. Just because I think it, it doesn’t mean it’s true.

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Dinner view from last night

And my life does not depend on wether I surf for a few days or not. Learn to surf, or to try, can be taken up any time, really. Sure, it’s one of many things on my bucket list, and now I have tried it out a little at least.

Today I allow myself to be all that comes; tired, sad, sometimes feeling lonely and at times singing, dancing and enjoying a good laugh.

//Wivan, sharing a new part of living in the moment

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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What it’s like in a new room

Imagine walking into a room where you’ve never been before. All is new to you; the space of the room, the ceiling, the furniture, the sounds, the floor, mats, decoration, windows and the light. It probably takes some time before you’ve taken it all in and registered the way of placing the furniture, how the light comes in to the room and how the colors play together on the walls.

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Cairo sky

Maybe it’s a whole house you walk in to. Or a new village. Maybe even a completely (to you) unknown town. The colors are different from what you’re used to. The food, language and manners might be completely “opposite” to the way you usually do it, what you eat or how you’ve learned to talk.

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Vegetable garden at our current house sit

An early morning this image of the room comes to my mind and I realize this is exactly what has happened to us in the past three months – everything is new or different, we learn new words, get to know new people, drive in unknown places and visit cities we’ve never even thought of before. The food and culture varies from what we’re used to and our way of life has changed since we moved out of our house, quit work and started travelling.

With that in mind, it’s not very surprising that we’re tired at times and that all the impressions take time to digest and take in.

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One of the six horses we're looking after

Since a week we’re back in France, in a small village on the country side south of Toulouse. We enjoy beautiful views of the Pyrenees, fresh air, lots of locally produced food and wonderful people taking care of us, inviting for dinners and events, calling to check we’re ok and being friendly in all sorts of ways.

We’re house sitting at a small farm with six horses and two cats. It’s a totally different way of living compared to Cairo. This is a life close to nature and we get to be outdoors a lot. Though we don’t work in the sense a lot of people do and we don’t have many obligations, we still get tired and need to rest.

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Giza pyramids

This is what we’ve asked for – change, variety, different. And here we are, loving it and enjoying all the bits and pieces that puts our days together, puts our life together. Old habits fall away, new skills and knowledge appear, thoughts and patterns that no longer serves us disappear, new ones come up in the quiet and stillness of the calm country life.

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Anders together with the horses

//Wivan

Historic overload

Yesterday's trip to Brantôme

Yesterday’s trip to Brantôme

Since we came to France about two weeks ago, we’ve probably seen more historic places and buildings than in our entire lives, combined. We’re staying south of Limoges, in the south west of France, and this area is filled with history, really old buildings, beautiful castles and caves.

The abbey and the very old church in Brantôme

The abbey and the very old church in Brantôme

To see these old places, visit some of the caves with pre-historic paintings and walk around in small towns where nothing seems new, it’s mind blowing. Our senses are so open, we’re taking in impressions with all our senses, and wow, it’s amazing!

The old moulin, mill, of Brantôme. Nowadays a hotel and restaurant

The old moulin, mill, of Brantôme. Nowadays a hotel and restaurant

Brantôme abbey

Brantôme abbey

Brantôme, where we spent most of Wivan’s 36th birthday, is called “the Venice of the Périgord”, since the old town center is sourrounded by water. They even have some small gondolas there! And we can only imagine what it’s like in the spring or the summer. Now most of the restaurants and cafés are closed, but it should be a wonderful buzz around here in the summer time.

The Charbonnel hotel and restaurant

The Charbonnel hotel and restaurant

So, after a day of sightseeing, coming to new places, driving in the French countryside (and being part of French traffic…), we’re pretty tired. And we’ve made sure to take a day “off” after each of these intense experiences. Giving ourselves time to let the impressions and new knowledge sink in. To rest, sleep and make sure we’re back on track before we take in more of this wonderful, old and very “heavy” stuff.

Tired birthday girl and the french looking husband

Tired birthday girl and the french looking husband

 

A stroll down history bridge

A stroll down history bridge

 

Great lunch at Au Fil du Temps

Great lunch at Au Fil du Temps

 

Brantôme was a positive surprise. We really liked this place

Brantôme was a positive surprise. We really liked this place

 

Anders "€5 for a tour of this old place?"

Anders “€5 for a tour of this old place? They’ve gotta be kidding”

Evening snack

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Taking a break

It’s been a fun and rather productive day, being less than a week left until we move out of our house.

Yesterday a friend gave me a very intense body treatment, and I slept really good last night, for the first time in weeks. Today I’ve been energized and joyful, feeling present and calm.

Among other things I have put out all the things I want to bring on our travels in order to see how much it actually is, and what more I can put aside.

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Overview

After many decisions, I am now a bit dizy and tired, having a late night snack and want to do something else than packing.

Like taking a time out on the floor of the layndry room. 🙂

//Wivan