The slippery downside of Stockholm

March 2, 2013

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An icy Baltic Sea canal on Djurgården. This is not where I fell, by the way. I just wanted to show the pretty aspect of Stockholm winter. (As opposed to the me pissed off about falling part of winter.)


Bridge over the Baltic. Also not where I fell.

At the exact moment I noticed the thick layer of ice underneath the light dusting of snow, I fell. It was one of those classic both feet fly up in the air falls where you land on your bum. I’m sure it was fairly comical to see, especially as I yelled shit rather loudly as I went down. But I also landed on my left wrist. And oh man, that hurt. Plus, the wrist instantly swelled.

After I got up I almost went right back down as the ice really was slippery. But I scrambled into the grass and made it out of the danger zone. It was about then that I began my annual cursing of the city and the lack of snow removal from sidewalks. Because by not removing the snow, there are inevitably points in the winter where those paths become sheets of ice. And today was once of those days.

Now I am icing my wrist at home and dreaming of warm weather.


1 Mary Jackson March 2, 2013 at 18:29

Sorry Sandra, but you did make me laugh…I remember those days as well. Hope your wrist heals quickly.

2 Sandra March 2, 2013 at 19:23

No worries Mary–I am laughing at myself too! Thanks.

3 janerowena March 3, 2013 at 16:27

Ouch! I bought some of those things that go under your shoes – yaktrax – for the first time this year. Somehow it feels like cheating.

4 Sandra March 3, 2013 at 17:42

Jane, I’ve heard about those, but never tried them. Do you think they help? I am curious.

5 Antropologa March 3, 2013 at 21:47

My girl slipped on ice today and scraped her face! Good thing she is too short to look in the bathroom mirror and see.

Sorry you fell. I HATE ICE.

6 Sandra March 4, 2013 at 20:43

Ouch, that hurts antropologa! Poor little girl. And yes, I hate the ice too. It pisses me off. Love snow though.

7 janerowena March 6, 2013 at 12:04

Sorry – I only just saw this. Yes, they do help. they don’t last for ever unless you keep them clean though, give them a rinse from time to time. Amazon UK sell them, if you have problems over there and it may be cheaper. I also have some cheaper ones with studs, they are also very good but a bit bulkier to cart around in a bag. The downside is that you can’t walk inside on them on a smooth surface, as they then become as slippery as the outdoors. So you need to be able to take them off and on. I bought a couple of pairs of each in different sizes to fit over shoes and snowboots, had a practice putting them on and pulling them off, and would now never be without them.

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