It’s been cold here and instead of getting outside, Robert and I have been hibernating by the fire. But today was sunny and I was feeling like I needed air. So I went for a walk with a friend around my favorite path on Södermalm. The route goes along the water and I cycle it daily in the warmer, lighter months. It’s always full of people, life and energy. But I had not been on the path since November and I’ve missed it. Much like seeing a friend who you’ve been out of touch with, there were changes that I noticed. All the boats were in, of course, pulled up onto land for the winter. The garden houses were all shut up and deserted, but some had Christmas wreaths on their doors. No one was on the beach. And for the most part, the water was completely frozen over. It sounds like the scene was desolate, but it was not. While the trees were bare, the path was busy with a small, regular parade of people. One of the many things that I love about Stockholm is how on even the coldest of winter days, if it’s sunny, people are out.  There were joggers and occasional cyclists, people walking dogs, Moms and Dads pushing prams. But mostly, people of all ages were walking and enjoying the sunshine. It felt good to be a part of the gradual return to daylight, the gradual return to life.


1 Lisa Kelly January 15, 2009 at 20:09

I am supposed to be on my way to a meeting, but found your blog & couldn’t stop reading! I love your writing, Sandra, and am glad to be your classmate.

Will read and comment more after my meeting!

2 Pingis January 15, 2009 at 21:18

Sounds like a great day!

3 Annelie January 17, 2009 at 13:32

I so need a long walk!

4 Shatha January 18, 2009 at 23:05

Chicago grabbed my heart when I started biking the lakefront path–the constant buzz of bicyclists, runners and rollerskaters always gives me so much energy, and the beautiful Lake Michigan against bright green grass and the breathtaking skyline always make me feel so lucky to live in Chicago.

I am happy to report that Dubai has built a bike path along the Gulf recently–it’s a very short bike path, probably only 1.5 miles instead of Chicago’s thirty–but there are so many people using it that I’m sure it will be extended in the next year or so. It starts from the dry docks and gives you a cool view of the skyline (including Burj Al-Arab and Burj Dubai).

5 Sandra in Sweden January 19, 2009 at 08:33

Thanks for sharing that Shatha. We definitely seem to be on the same path.

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