Tag Archive: winter

Feb 20 2015

So much for my imperviousness to cold & flu season


As a general rule, I’m a really healthy person. I rarely catch whatever bug is going around, even when Dr. Darling brings it home. In fact, it’s kind of a running joke between us that contagious diseases only travel one-way in our house. Not too long ago, I was bragging to some colleagues about how I had not …

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Jan 27 2012

Caution, slippery when cold


‘Old Man Winter‘ has finally decided to make an appearance in southern Sweden, in terms of temperature at least. It’s been below freezing off and on for the better part of a week now, prompting street crews to lay down pretty patterns of salt overnight on what I presume are walkways that are known to …

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Feb 24 2011

Because it’s just that cold…

Download this gallery (ZIP, undefined KB) Download full size (429 KB) I initially intended to wear my "always gets double-takes" Triple X sweatshirt under my coat for the commute to work, but it's too darn chilly at the office to take it off. Does it qualify as professional workplace attire (even by casual Swedish standards)? …

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Feb 21 2010

Swinging solo weekend, NOT

Mother Nature continues to subject southern Sweden to a special kind of winter wrath (what the hell did we do to her, anyway?!), which would be fine with me if I didn't have to rely on public transportation to go anywhere outside of this city. I've had so many bad experiences with delayed/cancelled trains during …

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Feb 12 2010

So sick of snow

I realize that this is probably going to cost me some of my hard-earned "Swede cred", but I'm really tired of snow and the frigid temperatures that have kept it hanging around for weeks on end. I'm sure this sounds odd to folks living elsewhere, but this part of Scandinavia is known for significantly milder …

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Feb 26 2009

Dr. Darling, down for the count

I came home from work on Tuesday to find the Swede in bed with a bucket next to the nightstand. NOT a good sign. My first thought was that the Curse of my Nephew’s Birthday Party had struck again. The lad happened to born in the middle of Sweden’s interminable cold & flu season (which …

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Feb 19 2009

Wasn’t this a scene in “Logan’s Run”?

This is one of the fountains on Gustav Adolf’s Square in central Malmö. If you look carefully, you can just see the outline of the naked lady sculpture beneath the ice. I’m not a meteorologist (nor do I play one on TV), so I’m kind of puzzled as to why the water in the base …

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