If you’re following any of the other blogs, you may have noticed that winter has come to Stockholm. It’s been snowing, or something, almost every day, and has gotten as cold as -16 C, (as far as I can remember). For some of us, this is a big deal.
Some of the storms have been impressive. Then, on calmer days, when the sun comes out, it can be really beautiful. Below are examples of either type of day (the second one is taken at Karolinska, from the Global Health seminar room.)
On the other hand, a ‘real’ winter (i.e. one with snow) brings a sense of festivity and, in the process, many activities. Below are my flatmates, learning to ice skate. There is an ice rink near our flat that is open to the public. Ice skating is really, really fun (and occasionally dangerous).
But the best part of the winter season is the activities that help you forget how awful it is outside. Homemade gingerbread cookies and saffron buns, and drinking glögg (mulled wine) are a few examples.
And of course, something we discovered recently at Karolinska, the light (therapy) room. We go by every once in a while to just relax and get some artificial sun, and tend to leave feeling great. No idea if that is due to some actual effect of the light or just a placebo effect, but we’ll take what we can get.