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Leaving Winter Behind: Waiting for Its Madness to Be Over

Winter. I don't get the kind of winter that some of you do. I get WINTER. Snow, cold (true cold, try -25C as a normal December day) and darkness. Every spring around this time of year it is equally exciting because it's been dark and cold for nearly 6 months. So yeah, I'm all ready to leave it behind once more.

This should give you an idea of how cold it gets around here.

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Ice on the water (enough to drive cars and tractors on it), frostbite on the buildings and a constant feeling of running in your legs because you just want to get inside and have a nice warm cup of tea and curl up under a blanket!

There’s really not much to do during winter, maybe bake some buns:

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Or go through half your local librarys books:

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But really you just cannot wait for it to look like this outside:

Having lived so far north all my life, I can now taste spring in the air (same as I can taste snow). At first it tastes like dust and dirt, from the asphalt appearing when the snow melts away and from the tons of rubble on the ground to prevent us from slipping on the ice.

And then as the trees start to bloom and the grass starts to grow, the air gets fresher. The sun is up longer, it is always equally hard to re-adjust to the sunlight each spring.

People are out more in the city, the general mood of everyone changes – everyone seems happier, more open, more willing to stay and chat if you run into them in the store or more keen to have a coffee in a café. People start stopping in their errands, they take a seat and soak up some revitalizing sunrays on their pale faces.

Having winter from October until April is trying, believe nothing else, but the most trying part is the lack of sunlight. You might not think it if you haven’t been subjected to it before, but when the sun goes up at 09AM and it’s the darkest black by 3PM in December, you’re not really laughing.

For us this gets compensated by the midnight sun in the summer. The sun never sets. It never gets dark. A friend of mine who isn’t at all used to this visited me in Oslo, Norway last year and almost went crazy because it was still bright outside by 10PM. Me? I didn’t think it was bright enough.

Yes, it’s hard to sleep sometimes because even with your blinds/curtains down it’s still bright as day in your room, but it doesn’t really matter. You get more energy, you can go out anytime to shoot, and right now I’m just excitedly waiting for the nights to get brighter and brighter and brighter.

The warmth of summer is sure nice, but what really gets me going is the constant sunlight. And when the midnight sun is here, I’ll be out catching freckles and sunburns, and inside only to eat food and sleep, if even that.

It’s not so much “Leaving winter behind” as it is “Waiting until madness for it to be over”? What’s it like for you?

written by lighttomysoul

5 comments

  1. disasterarea

    disasterarea

    yep, feels like Sweden :)

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  2. susielomovitz

    susielomovitz

    wow! I live in Madrid, wich is warm if you compare it to Sweden, but the winter is cold if you compare it to Caracas (Venezuela) where I grew up. So if I compare Venezuela to Sweden it's.... MADNESS! HAHA.

    I would love to be there for midnight sun, must be amazing...

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  3. lighttomysoul

    lighttomysoul

    @disasterarea haha well I'd hope so ;) I've only lived in Sweden for 22 years.

    @susielomowitz the midnight sun is amaaaaazing! definitely something one should experience at least once.

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  4. superlighter

    superlighter

    beautiful article! when I was a kid I fell in love of Sweden! (don't ask me why, it's a long story to tell) but I have never visited your country because I am frightened by severe cold and by the never ending days! :)

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  5. lighttomysoul

    lighttomysoul

    @superlighter :) you could always hit the south of Sweden. I live very far north, like 15 miles from the Arctic circle. but the south is nice and it gets dark there. Not superdark but darker. And by June-July you'll have temperatures of +25-35C.. not too bad :)

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