Darker Days in Sweden
So last year I was a wimp, and ran away for all of November and February, the “worse” months in Norrland, at least according to a few Swedes that live here. Last year we had lasting snow from October 15th. This year? No snowfall yet! Which I have to say, makes the fall a little more bearable. It is still warm out (around 3C, or 37F). Oh, and I mean warm as in not -40C/-40F Long underwear is needed, but I find myself that I can overdress a bit. Which is always a nice surprise in the winter.
So what is the hardest part? The darkness! I find myself exhausted at 5pm. It feels like 10pm. I’m hungry by 3pm. What gives? Well, we are loosing the sun, and quickly! It is weird, because if you actually measure the time the sun is in the sky, it isn’t so bad. But then you remember that 2 of those hours are sunset, and you realize that the sun is going bye-bye for the winter. And without the snow to reflect the light, it seems so much darker!
An example? Today we had a fabulous sunset. At 3:47pm. And it this is only the beginning.
A full winter in Norrland. I will survive?
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