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This year we went north for Christmas. To the town of Sundsvall in the middle of Sweden. With a population of 51 000, just shy of 100 000 in the whole municipal area I would describe it as a small town, but for Sweden it is a mid-size city. Although being a university city the population fluctuate considerable between semesters and school breaks.

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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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Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Yesterday was not a good day with the trademark winter weather in south Sweden. Snow-mixed rain that froze through the bones. This time of year I always wish I could hibernate, sleep away a few months until the spring brings back the sun. There isn’t very much to do this season, everybody stay inside in various degrees of boredness.
It comes easy to dream away about spending the winter in Mexico.
I think this guy is on to something, I’m homeless and this is why I have an ipad. An Ipad and living the life he want. I have 3 laptops, an Android and one Sony Ericsson walkman, probably a couple of mp3 players as well. I should do pretty good as a permanent traveler.

In my first post I wrote about how I like Mexico and it gave me positive response from my Mexican friends. And some doubtful response from friends never been in Mexico. If you only know Mexico from the news I understand their doubt, all you read and hear is drug wars, gunfights, natural disasters, tropical storms and flooding.
Despite all that this friendly people still reach out a hand to help a visitor.
A few days ago I found my notes from my first trip to Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and it woke some memories, while I was going through customs and trying to figure out how to get to the hotel, the first person I met outside the airport offered me a ride, and I hadn’t been on Mexican sole for more than 30 minutes.
Walking around in the city everybody I asked was eager to help me find my way, if they themselves didn’t know they just asked the next person on the street. Some even followed me and showed the way. A cynical friend said, “Sure, they help you if they can get something out of it”. So what? In Sweden they don’t help, just expect you to give them money anyway.
However I don’t care what other people think. I have seen enough of the world to now we all value different things. I always make sure to get my own opinion of places and people and is traveling with an open mind.

Keep your hat and winter coat on, it’s freezing outside

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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.”

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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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