When I moved here, Stockholm, you promised me beautiful winters. In exchange for cold days with little light, you said you’d bring me snow to silence the city noises and cover it with a blanket of pure, bright white. You promised days of winter sporting – sledding and cross country skiing and, if nothing else, walks with a crunch underfoot.
my walk to work this morning – a dusting turned to rain a couple hours later
This year, Stockholm, you’ve not given me any of this. I may be exaggerating slightly – we’ve had about 6 days of the blissful winter that I love this city for.
Of course, summers in Sweden are incredible – but when they let me down (which they often do with a drizzly grey tepidness that would hardly be described as summer at home), I assure myself that Stockholm does winter right at least. With the gorgeous snowfall and the cozy, candle-lit windows – it’s a fairy tale.
But this year, it’s mostly been an endless gravel-ground-covered grey. It wears down the soul. And the sun – I’m forgetting what it feels like. I’m craving that feeling.
So I’ve decided to put a stop to this. Right now. Well, tomorrow. I’m off. We’re off. NS and I are going away for a week to another land far, far away – the land of the United Arab Emirates. To Abu Dhabi to be exact. To visit some very dear friends. To see a place so different to any I’ve ever seen. And to get some sun – because I don’t function without it, and I’ve almost reached that point.
And all I can say, Stockholm, is that you better straighten up by the time I’m back!