Archive for December, 2011

11 Dec 2011

Lots of love, SJ

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After a nice couple of days spent in Höllviken with Simon and a very nice weekend spent in Malmö with friends I’m now heading back home. Trying to at least, in true SJ spirit we’re of course running late. I’m actually just leaving Malmö C after first having to change the platform (due to a delay), then been on a train but had to change to a different train due to technical failure on the first one.

We were suppose to leave at 6.20 pm but are now about an hour late. I guess I can forget about my plan to make it in time to the supermarket before they close to get some breakfast. 🙁 You got to love traveling with SJ.

11 Dec 2011

3rd Sunday of Advent

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11 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 5

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KEEP THE DARK AT BAY

By the time December comes around Sweden has very few hours of daylight each day. If you live up in the very northern parts of the country the sun actually never rise above the horizon this time of the year. So when Advent comes and the much anticipated count down to Christmas begins, the electric candlesticks and stars we put up lighting our windows are a much appreciated tradition.

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It all turns and the days slowly get longer again at the midwinter solstice (around December 21) but a great tip from one of our readers is to replace the Christmas light decoration with a normal table lamp to still keep the dark at bay until spring arrives.

Thank you Theresia for your great tip!

10 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 4

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CHERISH THE DAYLIGHT

It’s no secret that the body needs daylight to function. It helps us produce serotonin which keeps us awake and it helps the body produce vitamin D which we need to function in general. So when the days get shorter and it’s dark when you leave for work/school in the morning and dark when you go home, any daylight you can soak up is important. So even if you only have 5-10 minutes during your lunch break you should try to go outside.

 

09 Dec 2011

Grab it

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08 Dec 2011

Good friends

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08 Dec 2011

Morning walk by the sea

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Not everyday we get to take a fresh morning walk in the sunshine by the sea. A special treat on my day off.

Even the happy dog tail whipping caught on camera.

 

08 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 3

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LIGHT LOTS OF CANDLES

One of my absolute favourite things to do during the dark winter is to light lots and lots of candles everywhere. It gives such a warm and cozy feeling.

07 Dec 2011

Christmas calender

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In Sweden there is a tradition in December that all children (and even some grown ups too) love. Each day in December, counting down to Christmas Eve, a 15 minute episode of a Christmas calender is aired on TV. The very first calender aired back in 1960 and children have watched them ever since. Each year there is a new theme and this year’s calender Tjuvarnas Jul (Christmas of Thieves) is a wonderful story in true Charles Dickens’ style. Read more

07 Dec 2011

Not long now

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more weeks.