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.
Train ride from Malmö 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!
Sunday "fika" in the sun
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.
Beautiful Swedish summer
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.
Flowers and rocks
Ciao for now,
Last week going to Höör together
Since November 2014, when we sold our house and took off to Southern France, the two of us have been together most of the time.
Choosing to live in a different style, often staying in other people’s houses and in countries we’re not familiar with, it’s been our new normal – always together.
In Bali, last November
If you have read the blog for a while you might know that we do have different internal “time zones”, and actually spend quite some time separately, but still – we’ve been staying at the same places most of the time.
Last summer there were some exceptions when we worked in different places, and went for some trips separately.
After bathing an elephant in Thailand
When we’ve been in France and Asia over the past six months, we have been together every day, rain or shine.
After morning surf in Sri Lanka
Last week I spent one night away from Anders, and now I am off on my own for several days. Yesterday we didn’t even speak on the phone, and tonight I try to not call him again just because I am used to always talking to him… It’ll be so much fun to get together again on Saturday!
Gosh is it a good reality check to see how closely we have been living! As a couple we have always been used to having periods of separation – if only a weekend here and there. But it has been a way for us to see each other from a distance, to remember what we love about each other and to also enjoy our separate interests on our own or together with friends.
First day back in Sweden
So now we practice being apart, explore our interests and to talk with others – which is also a challenge when you’re used to mostly talk to this one person who knows you really well and just gets you.
17 years we’ve been a couple. By spending time apart we keep the curiousity alive and still have things to tell each other.
Moon over the ocean
Morning mix today
We have written about it before, the fact of our different personalities and the different “time zones” Anders and I usually have.
Both of us need space and time for ourselves, and we tend to find it and use it in various ways.
Morning under a coconut tree
Mornings usually are “my” time, and here in Thailand I’ve often taken walks, done yoga, read and had breakfast on my own.
This morning is no exception, and I just realized how much I treasure these moments. It was something I used to dream about years ago; to be able to start and spend my days in a very free way, doing what I really love to do – first thing in the morning. I created habits and schedules to make it possible when working, and now I am more free to do it however feels good at the time being.
Yesterday's morning walk
It’s the little things and moments that builds up a day, a week, a month and a life. How we decide to spend our time matters.
Afternoon on the beach the other day
We also love (luckily!!!) to spend time together – and those moments also become more important since we actually do take time to do things separately. It is a balance to play with.
Anders is now feeling better and today we have booked a very special tour to go on together in the afternoon.
What moments builds up your day?
Late Sunday night Anders arrived at Toulouse airport and we are back together after more than three weeks of traveling and exploring separately.
Working in the old stable
It’s very nice to spend time together again, and lots of catching up to do. We’ve been talking and watching the moon until late the past two nights.
Bonfire with friends last night
We are now both at the house we will be house sitting at the coming two weeks, and have exchanged some work for food and accomodation. Tomorrow our hosts leave and we’re in charge of chickens, sheep, horses, cats and the highly productive vegetable garden.
Today's harvest of tomatoes
We’re gonna have tomatoes in all different ways possible over the coming weeks.
Lots of cherry tomatoes
Anders have been part of checking if the apples are ripe enough to collect for winter storage.
This is the second time we’re house sitting for this couple, and we really like to spend time with them, as well as experiencing this part of France in the late summer/early fall.
Since we don’t have a car here, it will be different from last winter in the area and we’re lucky to know several people not too far from us.
See you soon! //Anders and Wivan
Sunny evening walk
Yesterday we got back together after three weeks apart.
We met at Lund central station, the very same place we met for our first irl meeting almost exactly 17 years ago.
Wivan took the train from Södertälje
After Wivan’s five hour train ride Anders picked her up on the motorcycle, with the big backpack and all. It was a nice ride out to the place we get to stay at friends’ outside Lund.
It’s really nice to be back together, after weeks of impressions and experiences apart.
We got our pillows back!
Anders and Wivan
Sightseeing last Saturday
Now Anders is off to main land Portugal, to stay in Lisboa a few days before returning to Sweden for the first time in almost seven months.
I’m staying here on the island for another two weeks before going to Stockholm and a family reunion, so it’ll be three weeks until the two of us get together again.
Anders outside airport security
Seven months we’ve been together every single day. Seen new places, finding our way to different houses (without gps), getting to know people and pets, trusting other people’s kindness, talked about life and our innermost fears, joys and dreams, explored and lived.
The dogs didn't want Anders to leave
We’ve split our First Aid Kit in two and taken one mobile charger each… And yes, it most likely will be odd not spending time together tomorrow. And the coming 21 days.
Anders, the camera man
Now it’s a new time in our lives and again; a chance to embrace change.