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And some places you been before are so great that you don’t ever mind going back…
~Morgan Freeman

For about a week we had bare ground here in the south of Sweden, it was cold but at least I didn’t have to trudge around in snow or slide down icy roads. Then came Thursday with a blizzard. Friends not living here or not see snow that much thinks it is beautiful and sure enough there was a short lull in the evening where I got some nice photos. Although I can’t stop wonder what I done to deserve go through Dante’s ninth circle of hell again.

All I can do is accept it and look forward. There is still at least 2 more month of winter but I have decided to take a couple of weeks off work in the spring. Go to the sun after a long dark winter feels like the perfect way to kick start life again. Haven’t decided where to go yet though.
A week in the Mediterranean is cheap and hustle free, maybe a bit boring. Then there is a wedding in Guatemala I am invited to, that would be an experience but from Sweden there is 25 to 30 hours trip one way, adds up to 50 hours on planes and airports for a stay of 5-6 days. I would love to see Guatemala but I like to stay for a few weeks and really explore the country. There is a lot of other places I could go but for a short trip I prefer to go somewhere I have been before so I don’t feel I miss something, a place I love and where I have friends to relax with. It’s pretty clear it will be a week or so in Mexico. Only problem I see is jetlag, I’m struck hard by it flying west and I need 4-5 days to get my hours straight. Falling asleep around 7 in the evening is not so fun but even that has it’s upside. I remember my first morning in Mexico, I woke up at 5 and the city was still sleeping. Somewhere I heard an old 78 record playing the same Mexican song over and over, I went by the reception at this cheap hotel I was staying at and the owner was sleeping on the desk. Taking an early morning walk was nice, see the streets evolve from dead silence to the chaos that is Mexican traffic.

Good food, sun, Tequila and friendly people – Now that is a recipe to get life back in the veins again.

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I don’t worry about terrorism. I was married for a year.

Today I woke up to a new Sweden. One of he last remaining virginities has been taken. Last night a suicide bomber blow himself up in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. The first suicide bomber in Sweden and the Nordic countries. What to make of it is up to each and everyone of us to decide but I haven’t heard very much talk about it during the day. It wont chance my life, maybe I hear a little less of the “dangerous” countries I visit.
There are always experts claiming to know what is going on. One so called expert says, “If this was an act of a single lunatic he would have stopped with blowing up the car but with a letter to the media it indicates a greater context”
I am not trying to diminish what has happened, it is a terrible thing but greater context? In the referred mail to media and Swedish security service the bomber mentioned Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan and the Swedish silence in the controversy around Lars Vilks’ drawings of Muhammed as a dog. Lars Vilks is a Swedish artist that besides Muhammed also have made caricatures of, among others, the Pope and Jesus (wikipedia).
It wasn’t so much silence from Sweden as careful support, we do have an extended Freedom of expression and Freedom of speech in Sweden, something we stand up for though it is a corner stone in a free, democratic society.
With the mail one can conclude it is an Islamic extremist but nut cases has gone to the extreme in the name of, any, religion for thousand of years, this is no different. In his mail he also calls for his brothers to raise up, with little response. He took Jihad to Sweden but lonely lunatic never the less, no one followed him, he had to blow himself up twice. First his car and then himself.
In his mail he goes on with asking his wife for forgiveness, he had been lying about going to middle east for business, he went there to train for Jihad. If he really were in a training camp he should no how to make a bomb, Security service says this was more a puff than a bomb, luckily no one died and only two people got minor injuries.
Could have been a lot worse and it is a terrible thing but I hold on to my opinion of a single lunatic and an isolated event.

The danger lies in the thoughts it may waken among other disturbed people who wants to be remembered and go out with a bang

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When King Bore blows his horn hail, snow and winds will lay upon us.
King Bore – The god of winter in Nordic mythology.

While the high season for tourism is coming to Mexico winter  has arrived to Sweden. 90% of the country has snow and the very south part a long gray rainy season ahead.
Sweden is a long country. Reaching from the 69°N latitude in the north, above the Artic Circle, and 55°N in the south, about the same latitude as Glasgow, Scotland, there is quite a different in season and weather.
The winter snow line usually goes somewhere at the north border of the province I live in, Skåne. Here in the south we have a open west coast against the North Sea and the Atlantic with the Gulf Stream giving us a bit warmer climate.
But with the coast we also have a humid weather, making our warmer climate feeling colder since the cold humid winds icing through skin and bones.
Still, the difference in climate north-south give us some unexpected situations, some years ago I had a customer from the north coming down for a visit. This was in May and we went around in T-shirts and light spring clothes while he came dressed in snow boots and winter jacket, “I had to shovel my car out of the snow this morning.”

winter

Winter fun Photo: Dan Freed

 

 

 

 

However something have happened with the weather, last year for the first time in my 14 years down here we had snow covering the ground and it stayed for a couple of months and we had a summer with tropical heat. I fear this winter, predicting it will be a bad one. Some say we Nordics are boring… Well, I loot out the window and think, “Who can blame us?”

Would be nice living in Mexico December through April.

Stay safe keep warm!

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