Winter in Stockholm

It can be dreary. It is easy to miss out on the sunlight which lasts only for about 5 hours a day onall the weekdays since we would be caught working indoors. A lunchtime stroll outside usually helps a bit, but on most cloudy days that’s a let down as well. So, this Saturday turned out to be clear and sunny and although the temperature was a freezing -20 C, I decided to put on as many layers as I could and get out to feel some sunlight on my face. A clear day with standing snow can be extremely pleasant for a depressed winter heart. The colours pop out and everything looks magical and lovely!

Beautiful freezing Stockholm

Beautiful freezing Stockholm

Beautiful freezing Stockholm

Beautiful freezing Stockholm

View from the top of Hammerbybacken

View from the top of Hammerbybacken

I took the train to Sickla station and walked up Hammerbybacken hill which has a nice ski slope frequented by many locals. It was actually a good experience climbing a hill, since the exercise helps in warming up your body. From the top of the hill, I could have a relaxed look at people enjoying skiing, and also the ones in the distance walking on frozen parts of the Baltic Sea. I got very excited by this and decided that I would definitely walk on water today as well! I made my way down the hill, and walked straight onto Sickla canal. It was a funny feeling, but the ice was quite thick and felt very safe and steady. I continued walking eastward for almost an hour. Finally, I managed to climb back onto ‘land’ somewhere near Lillängen station!

People walking on the frozen lake

People walking on the frozen lake

GPS showing me walking on water!

GPS showing me walking on water!

Finally, after spending about 6 hours completely outdoors, I decided to go back home and have some warm dinner. Anyway, I am glad I got outside for a while. I feel it’s good to get some fresh air for the body as well as the mind, because the lack of sunlight plays tricks on you that you never realise!

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