Five Things to Do in Winter
The most essential: take the vitamin D. Especially if you do not get used to having four hours of daylight where sometimes there is no sunshine. Then, let’s get down to the list I curated based on my experience in having two winters in Sweden in a row. Maybe this post should be titled six things to do in winter.
What are the odds, travelling is the first on the list? Whether the destination is somewhere warm and cold, travelling is always good to some sunshine in the dark days of winter. Inez has proved it in her spontaneous trip to Kiruna. I think it would be great if I can go back to Indonesia while winter resides in Sweden, but to be like Inez and embrace even colder weather would be fun as well.
Carolyn has done winter right as she picked up the board and went to the slope to do some ski. If swimming outdoor is encouraged in the summer, it is not in the winter. Instead, skiing is popular for winter sport. Myself, I have not yet tried skiing – ever. That is why I am planning to go on a ski trip with Bown, Ian and Emily from Study in Sweden Chinese Team. Stay tuned for the post about this trip!
Walking on ice
As an Indonesian, I was always walking on sunshine. The tropical climate caused the seasons to be dry or wet, so we have no winter which means zero ice exist. The thought of standing on frozen lake thrilled me and I wished that I would be able to experience it during my two-years master study. Be careful what you wish for, as mine escalated into walking 1.5 km on the frozen lake of Ramsen. Many thrills.
So you have walked on the ice, try skating on it. Preferably on a frozen lake, as the one that I tried in Fjällnora friluftsområde, Uppsala. You can rent the skating shoes for an hour for 60 SEK. If you want to keep it longer, you can also have it for 24 hours if you don’t feel tired of moving around with a slice of steel under your feet. It was scary but super fun! I would love to do it again.
Go out with friends (or hanging in the house)
This is a fun one and is totally a MUST! It is very easy to get lethargic in the winter, and it is not only you, everyone feels the same. Have some fika with friends, or go out to the woods to shoot some video as Supritha, Sanjay, and Caroline did last year in Umeå. Friends are sunshine.