First snow 2014

first snow 2014

first snow 2014

As is tradition, I’m here to report the first snow of the season! :yay:
There was a thin layer of slush on the ground this morning and it was pouring down snow-mixed rain, but over the day the temperature dropped so right now it’s not raining at all – it’s just pure snow (too dark to take a pic tough, the ones above are from earlier today).

It just makes me so happy when it starts to snow, even if it’s wet and mushy now in the beginning it’s still magical. Like the whole world is getting cleansed and we get to start over again. I feel so full of energy, and giddy as a child!

Gods, I do hope we get a proper winter this time. At least it must be better than last year.
What a tragedy that was…

Any snow yet where you are? :)

Storforsen – The Great Rapids

Storforsen 2014

High up in north Sweden, 80 km inland from the coastal town Piteå, lies one of the biggest rapids in Europe. It’s name is Storforsen, and it’s beautiful.

On average it has a flow of 250 cubic meters per second, around Midsummer when the flow is at it’s highest that number changes to 870 cubic metres. The water runs so violent that even during the coldest winter months it never completely freezes over.
In other words, it’s an impressive sight, and the sound it makes is deafening.

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A summer of sun and water

Ok, I’m back. It was a close call, but I made it through.
In the future when I look back on the summer of 2014 I will remember 2 things: the sun and the water.

The sun

Up here we had the warmest summer in basically forever, with temperatures of around 30°C every single day. In north Sweden that is scorching hot. Any winds or clouds that might sweep past didn’t do anything to soften the heat.
There were reports of “tropical nights”, nights when the temperature never drops below 20°C.

It didn’t rain for weeks. Our lawn was all brown and crispy and didn’t grow at all, but on the other hand our strawberries were unusually sweet.

Needless to say, I almost perished. :sick: And almost killed every cheerful bastard raving about what a wonderful weather it was!

Fucking summer… thank god it’s short lived up here.
It’s been cold and rainy this whole week, and nobody is happier than me! ;)

The water

The mere idea of laying in the sun on a beach makes me panic, but I love swimming, and even just being around water makes the warmth seem a little less pressing. So, on a summer like this, the only reasonable activity is going swimming!

I don’t think I’ve spent this much time in and around water since I was a child. I’ve been swimming in lakes, rivers, and even the sea. Was really nice actually.

We also spent a whole day exploring the great rapids near where my dad lives, but I’ll post about that later. They deserve an entry of their own. :)

Summer 2014 - Kärringviken

Not a lake, but a river. Markus’s parents live on the other side.

Summer 2014 - Överhörnäs
Summer 2014 - Åte
 

So that’s what I’ve been doing all summer: sweating and swimming.
What about you?

Summer vacation 2014

I’m officially on summer break right now.
We get 4 weeks off work every summer, and right now I’m on my first week. The next 3 weeks will be spent visiting parents and just enjoying the freedom. (Especially the freedom of getting to stay up at night and sleep in the morning!)

I tend to hibernate in the summer and will probably not be blogging until work starts again, so if you want to know what I’m up to I suggest following me on Twitter or Instagram.

Have a nice summer!
Eat lots of ice cream and remember to wear sunscreen!
:D

Lakeside

Yeah, it looks nice, but the water was bloody freezing!

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