The snow is starting to melt here in Stockholm. For the first time in nearly three months I saw pavement today on the sidewalk as I hiked to work in the morning. It was incredible. Hell, the sun was still up when I left work. Not just technically up as in there was still daylight, but I could actually see it.
It’s been a long winter. A cold winter. And I’ve loved it. As far as I’m concerned, snow is a requisite for any good winter activity. Like skiing. Or sledding. Or pelting people with snowballs when they least expect it. Always a good way to make friends as far as I’m concerned.
Winter in Sweden is a bit different than winter in Colorado though. Mostly because Colorado is a wonderfully shaped rectangle surrounded by several other rectangles in the middle of the US. There are very few large bodies of water to fight with.
I think that is why the news during the Swedish winter is so fascinating to me. Like the ferries getting stuck in the ice on their way to Finland. But the one that really caught my eye? A company that flies helicopters out to the archipelago and brings them to civilization when the water freezes over. I didn’t even realize people actually lived out in the archipelago all year round, so I was horribly impressed. Mostly because the idea of living on an island really intrigues me. Until I actually start thinking about it and my own personal neurosis which would probably drive me to cannibalism. Or something like that.
But I digress. Their math seems a bit fuzzy, considering they claim to have been doing this since 1996 and that ends up being nearly 10 years, but I’ll just chalk it up to a lazy website administrator and instead continue living in my fantasy world in which helicopters are needed to keep people alive in the Swedish winter.
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