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It’s bigger on the inside!

A little update about our caravan, which, I have learned, is also called a travel trailer and a camper. We’ve been able to make almost everything work, except the water in the tap at the sink. The heating works – a bit. Sometimes it’s too cold, sometimes too hot and occasionally, just right. All in all, everything works great. We still love our little home. I know some people actually live in their caravans/campers but most of those people probably don’t have kids. For us, it’s enough that we can stay in it while we’re settling a few things here and on similar outings.

To make it more comfortable we’ll probably buy a few things like a tent. I’m not sure what it’s called in English. It’s a special type of tent that you attach to the side of the caravan. Some of them can almost double the space you have access to, and some are actually made for use all year round. I’d love to have one. So we’ll see how that goes. Since we’re not staying for very long, and it rains almost every day we might not unpack the tent until we get where we’re going to be staying for a longer time.

If we are. If we can get a ‘real’ house we can put the caravan/camper away in a garage or barn or something for the winter. If that’s the best thing to do. Apparently, we have to worry about damp. So it might be better to use it or at least sit in it regularly during the winter and open a window. There’s so much to learn, but almost everything we’ve done so far, has turned out to be quite easy.

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OT: Moved again

We finally managed to move out of our apartment and at the moment, we’re back in Sweden, to move out of our house (and the cabin). To have somewhere of our own to stay (we’re really tired of hotel rooms and other rented places) we bought a caravan. It’s completely new for us. We’ve never had one before or gone camping. We really love our caravan. It’s so cute and actually bigger on the inside (LOL) than we expected. Here it is:

There are only two beds for grownups so guess where the shortest of us three grownups ended up having to sleep? That’s right. In one of the bunk beds for kids. It’s really cramped and at first I was a bit uncomfortable with that. Since then I’ve grown used to it, and I’m more comfortable lying there, but it’s still really difficult to get out and onto my feet, since the bed is actually on the floor.

We’ve had a few problems (like how do you get the water flowing from the taps? and how can we get the toilet working as it should?), but the worst part is probably how cold it is. When we ‘moved into’ the caravan, the salesman had turned the heat up and that got far too hot for us so we turned it off. Big mistake. Now it’s quite cold in here (not during the day, but at night). It was really hard going to sleep in that cold. Autumn has really come now and the last of the leaves are falling off the trees.

Despite all that, we’re really happy with our purchase. From now on, no more hotel rooms for us. 🙂 Most importantly, no more dragging lots of luggage around Scandinavia. It can all go in the caravan. This may sounds silly, but we named it Cassiopeia. I think the mostly white trailer looks a bit like a spaceship and since Cassiopeia is a star, it seems appropriate somehow.

We seem to have picked a good camping. The service building is really close by, there’s a McDonalds almost as nearby and right across the street there are a couple of shops. Less positive is the fact that there are no really nice paths to go for a walk and we’re quite far away from the town center so we can’t get our phones fixed easily (not without a bus ride).

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OT: Lazy?

All my life I’ve been told I’m ’lazy’. My closest relatives/family members have said ’it’s like it hurts her to…’ (do whatever chore I had to do). And: ‘All you do is sit and talk (or read)’. Frankly, I’m really tired of hearing those words. It’s as if people who are more active feel they have a right to criticize those who are different from them. I realize that society favors those who are quick and active over us who tend to sit and think. The former are probably more useful. Be that as it may. I have begun to resent being described that way. I’m low energy. I tend to be pensive and think before I act. Is that necessarily bad? So from now on, I’d like to ban the word ’lazy’. Call me a low energy person. I can live with that. My dad was one too, and my aunt (his sister). In return I won’t call the high energy people hyper.