Our current situation:

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.

Karlskrona a few weeks ago

  • Still in Sweden
  • Anders is recovering from years and years of mental and physical stress
  • My new work-contract is until 1:st of March 2018
  • Two homes: Kristianstad and Aspö
  • Have started our second round of IVF (assisted conception)
  • Live a lot in the “unknown” when it comes to planning and trying to control our situation, energy-levels, time schedule and activities 
  • Focus on living a good and joyful basic life where sleep, fresh air, physical movement, reading, eating good food and taking care of our relationship are the keys

    My bike today…

    Skating om the lake Immeln a few weeks ago

    January walk by the water on Aspö

    Aspö in January

    Again: the little things

    The beach in Åhus at 7.30 pm

    From our traveling life to a more “common” lifestyle with work, routines and a (or two) more long-term place to stay.

    During the past four weeks I’ve been working full time, living at friends’ and going home to Aspö and Anders during the weekends. It’s rather intense and I meet a lot of people while working, and yet I feel like it’s vacation quite often!

    Low season at the gym = lots of space!

    Maybe it’s because I appreciate many of the the small things, like bringing my own high quality coffee to work, or that I make sure to exercise regularly, or because I am outside daily and love to be able to take a swim after work.

    Tex mex dinner with friends

    Simply put, I do what I can to notice all the good in life, make sure to take care of myself with enough sleep, good food and routines, and to play with the daily to-dos and not get too stuck in “should, could, would”.

    Breakfast at home, and a full day together with Anders!

    Whatever the combination is, part of it is to take care of the basics to make sure this person is well, and to remember and notice beauty in the little everyday things.

    Practicing on our slackline

    And for me, it’s very important to play, learn new things and to be around people I love.

    Take care and notice what’s important to you, and all the beauty you have around the corner!



    Pain, beauty, walking and tiredness

    It’s been a weird first week of work. Last Sunday, on the train to Kristianstad and Åhus, I got a lumbago, a terrible back pain.

    So painful that I cursed and screamed out loud on the train. I could hardly get off with my bag and bike, and because I walked so slowly due to pain, I missed the bus.

    Bike, bag and yoga mat on the train

    So, my first day of work turned out being a day of sick leave with a visit to the chiropractor  and lots of walking to keep warm and help the healing.

    The entire week I’ve been walking, standing, walking and standing as much as possible. I have been working, and managed to do things differently than usual. The pain has been reduced by the day, and I am so grateful for my knowledge of healing, lots of movement, and the good chiropractor I found.

    It’s also been extremely tiresome to walk and stand up many hours every day, and not to sleep all that well due to pain.

    At the same time it’s humbling and good to be reminded of how privileged many of us are most of the time – healthy and without pain. 

    Happy morning work at Haväng, on pain killers

    It does feel like a privilege to get to work with such creative and fun things as I do when out reporting live from different parts of Skåne in southern Sweden.

    And to be able to take care of myself at the same time.

    Friday treat for the train ride to Karlskrona

    Anders and I spent the weekend together, talking, swimming, going to a concert, watching movies and eating good food. Did I say talking? And walking.

    Never seen purple roses before!

    Anyways, now we have started this new way of living – part time together, part time apart. And as we have written before, we usually do pretty well when we have a mix of time together and time apart. It’s hard for some to understand, but I guess it’s also a question about what we view as “normal” or how things “should” be.

    Don’t know if we will still find this way of living good in six months – but on the other hand, without trying we will never know!

    Got this cute pic sent to me from Anders

    So, let’s keep our minds open to what we don’t know, and dare to try different for a while. Maybe we learn something new, get experience we never would otherwise, and find out more about life.

    With love, and a little back pain,


    A new phase


    Drying laundry

    Today I pack and prepare to go to Åhus, where I’ll live during the week-days this summer when working in Kristianstad.



    Since it’s eight weeks, it takes a bit of planning, and yet not that big of a deal since I will be home most weekends.

    It certainly is a new phase for us though, to live apart more and for me to work full time.


    Last night's dinner preparations

    I have already signed up to work until next February, so it’s a phase or change that’s a bit more long term than we’ve been used to over the past years.


    Some sunny days together

    So, again, reminding myself of the changes in life that always come, that anything can happen at any given moment and it’s just to ride along and see what comes.

    Scared, excited, humble and grateful.


    Small things that are great


    Midsummer eve

    Yesterday was Midsummer Eve, and a lot of Swedes celebrated the light, life and summer.
    In the night, after dinner, Anders pampered me with a pillow, blanket, great coffee and chocolate when we sat outside in the shade.


    Ready for a swim

    It was one of those moments when it becomes so clear how valuable those small things are, and how useless it is to live in either the past or the future.



    On Monday I start working at the radio station in Kristianstad again, eight weeks of summer job. And now I have also signed to continue working throughout January next year. Goodness, we haven’t planned this long ahead for ages. But now it’s time, and of course I have had thoughts of “where and when will I find a place to live during work weeks?”, “how will it be to work full time?”, “what will my weeks look like?”.


    Picking Elder-flowers for lemonade

    Last night, in the bright summer night under a blanket and with peace inside, I just understood how useless those thoughts are. There are certain things I can do to prepare, but most of “what will it be like…”, is still to experience. There’s no use to think too much about it, because in a few months I will know from experience.


    Chillaxing in the shade

    All my life I’ve been wondering what it’s like to have glasses. Now I know, since I’ve got my first pair and have started to practice wearing them. And I guess I could never have imagined it being like it is. So why spend time on it before it’s even happened?


    I feel a lot more good looking than the pictures turn out!

    That’s it for now. It’s a wonderful summer day and I am busy enjoying it!
    Lots of love and sunshine,

    An odd day off


    Marian Keyes' book The Mystery of Mercy Close

    Today is a bank holiday and I am off work, still in my “extra home” where I stay during work weeks.

    So I have spent a lot of time with the character Helen Walsh in the book The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes.


    Red wine and tomatoes

    And I’ve been thinking about the future, like this upcoming fall and how it may be, I took the bike to visit some friends and have been outside in the sun for a bit.

    Just chillin’ and letting life be as it is in this moment. Thankful and happy to be alive.
    With love,

    @home weekend


    Sheep cup of coffee

    Saturday morning, have had my breakfast and read some blogs, getting ready to go to the gym and then visit grandma and see how she’s doing.


    Sun on the ferry yesterday

    What a nice feeling yesterday; to come back home to Anders after a couple of nights away when working in Kristianstad. And to land back on this island of Aspö where we stay now. I love it!


    Sunny evening

    Today I am a bit tired, it’s been a couple of intense days with lots of people, conversations and many hours in front of the computer.

    Grateful for being able to take the day as it comes – no strict plans!


    Shifting tempo

    It’s interesting to see how a shift of tempo effects so many areas; thinking, eating, walking, talking.


    A lot of drawing last weekend

    Since a few days I’ve spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s to help and look after her because she’s been ill. Mostly I’ve been keeping her company to just be around if she needs me. Quiet, still and slow. Time to slow down, reflect and not do so much.

    Now it’s time for me to work for a few more days and the tempo has shifted; getting up early, packing, walking quickly, being on time, producing and keeping a deadline.


    Going to town

    For me, the shifts are good to have, it gives perspective and helps me appreciate both the slower times and the faster. Work and rest. Company and time alone. Walking slowly and running. Organize/booking and having no plans.


    Grandma's flowers

    What shifts in your life do you appreciate the most? Is there balance between the different tempos, or is it too much or too little of something?

    Wake up to the tempo of your life.
    With love,

    Freedom of choice and flexibility


    Carrots in the bag

    Oh, how good it feels to have trained my flexibility so much over the last couple of years. And to have let go of the thoughts of making perfect.


    Backpack with gym equipment

    This morning, as I had just left the house to go to the gym, I got a call from the radio station where I used to work and where I’ll be working this upcoming summer. They were in big need of a host for the afternoon show and hoped I’d be in the area.


    Running from the gym to the train

    I was happy to easily make a plan to make it work – and to be able to continue from the gym to the train and onwards to the radio station. No need for more things or different clothes, it’s become so much easier for me to handle the situations that come my way, and to take it as it is. (extra plus for having picked rather good clothes this morning).


    Bought a salad on the way and had lunch as I prepared

    From the moment I said yes to make this day of work happen, I also realized there was no prestige in this for me – all I had to do was to be calm and relaxed, knowing that I can handle it.


    Two and a half hours of live radio

    After arriving, I had a little more than two hours to prepare myself for the live show – without a personal login to computers, quickly learning how the show is built up, and with hugging former collegues and some small talk in between, I made it!


    There was a producer that had planned and prepared the topics of the show, and reporters doing good work to make it all come together. I am so happy I took the chance to see how it all worked out and how sweet the people were to me.



    It’s been about two years since I last broadcasted a whole radio show like this, doing most of the technical stuff myself. After a day like this, it’s clear that it helps to rely on that everything will be good and to humbly work with what some call ‘a beginner’s mind’ – even though I know some of this since long, a lot has changed and is new to me and I learn a lot by letting others show and help.

    Finally back home with Anders and time to prepare some food for tomorrow’s lunch. Because, I’ll be working also tomorrow!

    Have fun, enjoy your life and maybe take on a challenge every now and again.


    Keep It Simple (Stupid).



    Constantly reminded, and happy to have seen so many contrasts, we try and keep things simple even if we are back in Sweden and have decided to settle down for a while.

    Here, in Northern Europe, much of the basics for living are so comfortable and it’s easy to get caught up in making perfect or comparing with others.


    Simple packing

    After living with less things and constantly coming to new places, we try to remember to let life and the experience be in the center rather than making the outer things perfect. It’s more important, to us, to have fun, feel relaxed and meet ourselves and other with compassion and love. When caught up in the spinning wheel of “should have, could have, would have”, those basics are easy to run away from. Maybe we all of a sudden believe in the thoughts of all we “should” do, have or be, instead of asking ourselves what is important and joyful to us.

    Keeping it simple can be done in many parts of life: how much foods we buy and store, what to pack for trips and traveling, when communicating with others, in the planning of activities and every day life, how we interact and play with kids (and how many toys, activities and things they “need”), how we design our home and how perfect we want it, social life, to what degree we engage in and at work, and more.


    Train ride to get to Gnesta

    When packing to go north to visit my dad and extra mom, I found myself worrying about what to bring, and then I was reminded about the simplicity we’ve had during the long-time travels abroad; if something is missing – either borrow or buy what I need, or be without. And it’s very rarely so important that I can’t be without for a few days.

    It also is very good to only unpack what we truly want and miss from the storage; there are many things that are still in the boxes! And I mostly wear the same clothes I’ve had in the past six months, only some warm hats, jackets and underwear is added.


    Today snow!

    When in doubt, we think of our life and the friends and family in Sri Lanka where the expression ‘less is more’ felt more real than ever.


    Kitchen "cabinet" in Sri Lanka