It may be that South American scent we still have in us, like leftovers from our trip. The incredible amounts of energy and motivation we have being here amazes me, every time. In the beginning, you don’t want to do anything at all, and that’s OK too, that’s more than OK – because that’s what this place is for after all, to unwind and relax! And when the energy from the city washes away from your insides, this immense forest populated by trees, covered in snow, still and quiet, gives to you the power of clear thought. A mind clear from distraction. This place is just so incredibly quiet now in the (late) winter, there are not even birds singing, nothing, no one.
And now with the winter taking an end, the sun shining brighter and warmer, melting the snow away and warming our skins. We feel it all and we experience a lot of joy. We can even run around naked outside, for just some minutes at a time, but still, we can. We took a little trip around the area a few days back and I told Asbjørn: “Have you noticed we just arrived from the jungle a few weeks ago and now we’re here in the snow jungle? How crazy is that? We can adapt ourselves with no problem at all, we can beat climate change!”
Then something incredible happened. I was put on a test by my dear, the forest man behind me. He put me on a mission to find the way back to the cabin, never telling me how– just seeing if I got my instincts right to lead the way, so he followed me as I followed my gut. I’ve never done anything like that before. Not in a vast forest like this one, where everything pretty much looks the same. But regardless of that; I made it! I found the way to the cabin. What a fantastic feeling of self-achievement! This calls for some champagne.
All this time in the cabin; we have been drawing, reading books, cleaning, re-organizing, writing, editing pictures, taking pictures, planning, dancing, making fire, stabling wood for more fire, etc. We just can’t seem to stop. A vacation was indeed needed. Although I cannot seem to differ between vacation and work lately. My life is my work and my work is my life – so it’s either vacation all the time or work all the time. I don’t know, what I know is that I wouldn’t have it any other way.