Since driving my own reindeer on a race (Oulu), to hop on to a hot air balloon flight (Gällivare), and even swimming in the icy waters of the Gulf of Bothnia (Piteå), I have been trying a little bit of everything!
And you know what? I am not done – it’s amazing the amount of new experiences one can try in Lapland! You don’t even need to go that far!
Boring and never-ending Winter? No way! I barely have time to sit on my sofa =D
It’s interesting to see how we get used to new habits, so easily, and at the same time, are relentless to change others.
Here’s a list of the good things I learnt in Sweden:
- Leave your shoes outside (saves a lot on cleaning!).
- Measure time in weeks (fantastic!).
- Doing everything via mobile phone (from a bank transfer to booking an appointment at the doctor, or even filing the tax return).
- Going to the sauna, at least, once a week, and then, roll on the snow 🙂
And the ones I cannot understand:
- Having lunch at 10.45 and dinner at 17. Really? I don’t even understand it in Winter, let alone in the Summer, with the never-ending days.
- How much Swedes love these cakes called Semla – can anyone imagine bread and whipped cream mixed together? Blahhh…
- Drink the Swedish coffee, accept it as coffee, and pretend nothing else is better than that!
- Walking on the ice as if you were walking on the asphalt. I wonder how they do it – I’ve seen old people walking faster than me, without falling!