Seven months of hair

First days in France, November 2014

First days in France, November 2014

It’s been more than seven months since my last visit at my hairdresser, Kajsa. And when we started traveling in November my hair was quite short. Once during these seven months I’ve had my hair cut by a friend (it costed a kiss on the cheek).

Cairo, in December

Cairo, in December

This obviously means the hair on my head has grown quite a bit, and I haven’t gone this long without paying for a haircut since I don’t know when.

January, on a plane from Istanbul to France

January, on a plane from Istanbul to France

For a while, I thought I was going to get a professional haircut, but since I didn’t really know what to do and how to actually communicate with a French hairdresser in the small village we stayed, I gave up that idea. When we went to San Sebastian in March, I started cutting off my bangs with the nail clippers in the hotel room, after Anders suggested I should comb it differently.

March in San Sebastian

March in San Sebastian

After that I had my hair cut by our friend, just to even everything up a bit.

April, in Flores

April, in Flores

And when we got here to Flores in April, the real fun began. My hair went totally crazy from the humidity, wind and salty ocean water.

Flores in April. Looking like a 70's pop star

Flores in April. Looking like a 70’s pop star

All of a sudden the hair needed to be washed more often, I even e-mailed Kajsa to ask for advice!

Flores in May

Flores in May

Her tips have helped: to was twice with shampoo and then just a little conditioner before rinsing. And to be patient. It has gotten better, but the salty water from our swims isn’t really making the hair look like an ad for styling products!

Flores, in May

Flores, in May

Hair clips are my new best friend, and headbands. And sometimes a cap when it’s sunny (not my favorite, but it works).

After a swim in the Atlantic, May 2015

After a swim in the Atlantic, May 2015

This is just one way of seeing every day life from another angle, how used we are to certain things and how comfortable it is to have a good hairdresser close by, or what happens when you to try and save money by not cutting your hair!

Flores, May 2015

Flores, May 2015

Together with Kajsa, I’ve now decided to let the hair grow longer again. That’ll probably be easier to get cut anywhere and it should be long enough to put it up in a pony tail rather than having the hair literally flying all around the head in the wind. Let’s see how that goes!

Me and some colleges in the summer of 2008

Me and some colleges in the summer of 2008

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Rainy and windy forecast

What we have experienced this far in Flores, is that the weather can and do change rather quickly. So even if it looks very cloudy, all of a sudden the sun is out and the temperature rises. Or, the sun is shining and before even noticing anything, rain starts to fall or the wind catches speed.

Dark clouds arriving

Dark clouds arriving

Last Friday we had a storm that brought heavy winds and at times also heavy rain. When it is windy this island in the Azores is pretty vulnerable in the middle of the ocean. Most houses keep the shutters closed to the windows – to keep them from flapping in the wind, to avoid drought and to help keep the houses a bit warmer.
It gets very dark inside when the shutters are closed during the day. To feel a bit more alive we like to keep the shutters open in the living room, to be able to see the sky and the Atlantic below the village. To have a sense of what’s going on outside.

The clouds move fast over the island and the Atlantic

The clouds move fast over the island and the Atlantic

The dog we’re taking care of, Lucky, doesn’t like storms. Especially not when there’s thunder. She either tries to hide under our bed, or stays close to one of us like a glued piece of paper. Walking her is something we do in the moments it’s not raining too heavily or when the wind is a bit calmer and it can still be quite warm outside.

It’s funny how fast these shifts come. One day we are swimming in the ocean, sun bathing in Santa Cruz, Anders in flip flops and Wivan bare legged all day. The next it can be totally different. We wrap ourselves up in scarfs and blankets to keep warm inside and don’t want to go outside when the rain hits really hard and the streams are flooded.

The only shutters we keep open during storms

The only shutters we keep open during storms

Instead we watch movies, sitting in our bed with a cup of coffee. Or read a book, play a game and take a nap. It’s cozy and we might long back to this time sometime in the future, when the sun has been shining “too many” days in a stretch and we long for a rainy day to stay inside.

Sometimes the rain hits so hard, it comes through to the inside

Sometimes the rain hits so hard, it comes through to the inside

It looks like there’s coming another storm tomorrow, with lots and lots of rain. So we’re getting ready, preparing for slow or non-existing internet, making sure we have the food we need and some extra candles to light for coziness and warmth.

Keep warm and hold on to your loved ones.
// Anders & Wivan

Opening up after the last storm

Opening up after the last storm

Everyone enjoys sunshine after rain...

Everyone enjoys sunshine after rain…