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When to leave and getting back on the horse

When to leave and getting back on the horse

When are you guys leaving? A question we’ve gotten asked quite a lot the last days. And a question we still can’t answer with certainty. We believe somewhere next week. We felt a bit down the last weeks as some of our original plans seem to not work. The bummer of wanting something but then realizing it just ain’t gonna happen brought us down but then taking our willpower back together and finding a way through and now we’re back on the horse. Continuously moving forward.

Our original plan was to leave end of May however luckily Hubbe has a close check on the weather report and it had been an exceptional year with loads of snow up in the mountains. That just didn’t want to melt away….and still doesn’t. The pictures we see from people living up there somehow freak me out a bit. People wading with backpacks through rivers lined with a meter of snow on the side. My and our hope is it will be gone by the time we get there. The closer we get to leaving the more it sinks in.

We’re going to do this and it feels crazy. We keep having these moments of OMG wow and OMG what the hell are we actually doing? At least I do 🙂 Hubbe seems to be more calm and excited where with me sometimes the thought of reality kicks and a longing for safety. A challenge at times for both of us and a good reminder to create backup plans and how we both can be safe out in the wild.

In the meanwhile while sitting a a kitchen table at our friends house we realized that 1300km is just about as long as the way we were driving down to Amsterdam last year. Remembering how long that felt in the three days we were doing it and knowing we’re gonna walk all of this now really made us stop in our breath for a second. There it was. That feeling of disbelieve, excitement, can we really do this?, will we do this? And then a small giggle and laugh: yes we are going to do this!

Until then there were some choices to make. In some way corona has helped us make one easier. NoBo (north bound) or SoBo (southbound)? NoBo it’s gonna as the boarder to Norway isn’t open yet and a large part of the northern trail would go through this beautiful country. Hubbe would have loved to walk the other way. With the sun shining in our faces but maybe that will be for another time. Until then we hope with time the boarders might open again so that we can finish the trip as planned in Treriksröset walking through beautiful Norwegian national park. Otherwise our trip might end earlier. For now we hope for the best and see what happens in 2 months from now.

Big boosters for our excitement were also the deliveries of our equipment that came in but by bit. Planning and research that finally seemed to manifest in real life and not just in our heads or excel files. Research into vegan and sustainable options and for food as well as material has occupied us for quite a while. Bringing up conversations between us that were not always easy. What is sustainable actually for us? What is ecological? My perfectionist mind had difficulty to cope with it at times because was it better to have a sleeping bag that is vegan but that supported the military? Lives of animals over lives of humans is what my mind made out of it. How can I choose? I don’t want neither and who am I to choose? It brought me into a mindset of frustration and feeling hopeless. Whatever choice I make it seems to not be ethical. Should we cancel the trip? Drama in my head 🙂 lucky to have full time vegan by my side who had a look into these questions before. I realized more and more it’s not about making the perfectly right choice. With a vegan sleeping bag at least we know there were no animals killed and as the producer is in Austria we believe labor was treated fairly. This is what we can control. After that feels it is out of our influence. It still isn’t the easiest choice I can feel, but to move forward in this project this was the choice we made. I didn’t want to pack up and stop the planning because we could not decide on a sleeping bag. Overall I let go more and more of my longing for perfection that has stopped me in my tracks and accept the fact it is an ongoing learning. The difficult conversations have brought me closer in my thinking of what is ethical, what is it that I want and that we want? Maybe next time we will choose differently but for now the research is done and time to test out.

And that we did. We took all our gear and went into our “backyard” called Tyresta national park and went for a day trip. Finally we were able to reap what we had seen the last weeks. A sneak peak towards what was to come. The weather was magnificent. Blue skies and summer warmth. The smell of pine trees and a soft forrest floor to dampen the stress on our sprained ankles. Yes rugby practice has take its toll on us while building up strength and stamina for the hike. But we didn’t shrink back but kept going slowly and we got thanked with a wonderful hike that keeps us longing for more. Hoping our 2 1/2 months will be similar to what we’ve captured in our first video. My perfectionist mind wants to work hours more on it but I remind myself. This is a page to try out. To allow to not be perfect and see how we grow in that. Thanks for being part of the journey and if you haven’t yet follow us on Instagram. We post more frequently and shorter updates there. Ciao for now.

and then I tried to post the video with all the pictures and the site won’t let me. So will figure that out and post it later 🙂

Safety tips for on the road

Safety tips for on the road

Info we researched in the past couple of days. How to cross a river. I never actually thought about it as I had seen so many bridges in other videos and pictures from former hikers . However, now that the snow is melting so late, we expect that maybe the small streams have turned into a bit more of a bigger racing river without bridges….so thanks to the Islandic country and the PTC trail we we gathered a bit more knowledge on how to keep safe…hoping that we won’t be needing that knowledge so much 😉

First post – first steps

First post – first steps

Hello everyone, we made it. The website is up and this is our first post. I can’t believe it. You might have heard it already in words from us we’re out for adventures. Vegan adventures 🙂 and we want to take you along. After months of being so close together 24/7, moving places, arguing, making up, laughing, crying and finding agreements after agreement, decisions after decisions….well life I guess, we were longing for a goal. A direction. Especially in these times of Corona. Where we felt a lot of stuck-ness. Now it feels we are finally making steps in the process of getting a grip on our lives and having a goal… and what is it? an adventure. We will hike the green ribbon/gröna bandet in a couple of weeks here in Sweden. It’s a 1300km trail from Grövelsjön in the middle of Sweden up to the point where three countries meet in Treriksröset (if the Corona Gods are with us and Norway opens its boarders to pass through). Yes you might think: How can you go out in these times where everybody is locked down. Well I won’t go into politics. That is for others to discuss about, but here in Sweden we are still able to move quite freely and we both believe being out in nature with our tent actually support a quarantine more than staying in the city.

So what is this about you might ask? What is this page? How do we do this? To be honest, we do not have a fixed idea. My mind longs for structure having it all figured out and presenting a perfect picture. I realized lately though also this is a process and all it needs is a start. So we will find out. What it is for now? It is play. It is try out. It is our place to find what we like to write about, if at all. What we like to share. It is our place to allow ourselves to make mistakes and it being ok with it. What we are curious about and what matters to us. To keep us accountable. To explore life and us. What do we need to grow. How do we want to grow and how can we do that consciously. It is somehow scary to share it so publicly and on the other side it might support or inspire some people to find their way. I’m curious to see where this will lead us. Life wise, relationship wise, body, mind and spirit wise. It is scary and the more I feel into it it’s also exciting. We’re starting with a beginners mind and a bit wobbly knees. I’m out for adventure. To experience life, to feel life and to be alive. One step at a time. Come and join us on this journey! Warm hugs and a big smile, Sas and Hubbe

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