Bye, bye Winter
I did it! I survived my second dark and gloomy Swedish winter! I didn’t expect to, but I really kinda miss winter now that Spring is slowly slipping in. WHAT? Just a year ago I wrote a blog about how difficult the darkness is and wrote a love letter to the sun! You might have read similar blogs by Sara about the horrifying, unbearable, terrible Swedish Winter or Ngyuen’s very handy tips on 3 essential things that will help you survive winter. While we may sound dramatic, experiencing it in real life is much more intense than words can describe. So what changed?
Winter 2021 brought MUCH MORE snow to Borås than Winter 2020 and snow is magical, not only because it’s pretty and fluffy and fun to play in, BUT it also makes the sky brighter. Many friends told me to hang in there because the snow would save the day and reflect the sunlight (as little as it was) and make everything less gloomy. My first winter was full of dark gloomy clouds and constant rain 😥 but this winter, instead of shades of grey, sometimes the sky was whiter and brighter. It also meant less clouds ☁ = more sunlight🌞 = a much happier Lusanda 😁
The Bright Side
To cope with the darkness, you use a lot of candles and extra lighting to make spaces feel cozy. Around Christmas time, incredible light displays pop up all over 🎆 – outside people’s houses and apartments, around city building and even art installations. So you can feel a little brighter wandering around the city when there’s some magical sparkling lights. You also celebrate Lucia or St Lucy’s Day in December – a Swedish festival of lights, where girls wear candles in their hair and celebrate with song or Diwali, the Indian festival of lights honored in October to November. Now that Spring is coming and there’s more hours of sunlight, these lights are starting to disappear. So that’s making me a little sad. It reminds me that I only have a few months left in Sweden before my programme ends and I don’t know when next I’ll be around for a Swedish Winter😔 (I’m not crying, you’re crying!😭)
Let’s walk down memory lane
So scroll through and join my short stroll through some incredible lights (and memories). I’ve had some special help from fellow Digital Ambassadors, Lara in Stockholm and Reuben in Mälmo. They’ve shared some beautiful photos of lights on buildings, on trees, on the street, on sculptures (you get the idea, there’s a lot of lights😉)
It took me a loooong while to get used to the rain but my mind changed as soon as I saw the streets glisten and reflect all the beautiful lights displayed😍
Are those lights? Is that art? Is it both???
✨Yes, and they’re extra sparkly as a bonus✨
See you soon, Spring!
So while I’m sad to see these lights disappear, it’s all for a good reason! The sun is slowly springing back and that’s still my favourite light of them all. Spring will have some tricks up its sleeve though – like a random snow storm in the morning, bright sun in the afternoon and rain in the evening😅 BUT once it kicks into full gear, you’ll see just how magical Spring can be!
Until then, stay flexible!