“Difficult,” that is. Other words that can be used to describe winter in Sweden:
Mörk. Lång. Kall. Deprimerande. Dark. Long. Cold. Depressing.
It’s easy to focus on these things, but it’s important not to.
The nice thing is that we, as humans, adapt and adjust – and over the past few years I can report that I’ve gotten used to the short days and long, dark winter nights…but that doesn’t mean I’m not ecstatic every time Spring (vår) comes along!
Even in the middle of February- Sitting outside no matter the temperature, just because it’s sunny:
“Lunch date in the sun with vitamin D enrichment”
Being deceived by a few warm or sunny days, because it IS still only February and I got waay ahead of myself (rookie mistake):
But finally, at long last it is here – at least here in Halmstad! Unlike in the U.S. there is no set date for Spring, but a meteorological standard of 7 days above freezing in a row. Of course it’s always more fun to look for other tell -tale signs, like:
Noticeably longer days:
Seeing people sitting around, for no reason other than to soak in the sun…and then becoming one of those people, kind of like these lemurs:
Spotting the year’s first flowers in bloom (last week):
Hearing the ice cream truck for the first time (which was today for me – they sound like this):
Eating your first ice cream of the year …with gloves and a scarf on (this is a photo from almost exactly 3 years ago, to the day):
Enjoying the premier of uteservering [out door seating] (last week):
And my personal favorite project this year, making the balcony ready for summer!
What do you do to enjoy the spring weather? How was your first Winter in Sweden?