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Every single day past the winter solstice is a great day if you live in Sweden. I spent one year in high school there, but normally it was just summers with mom and winters with dad back in the states. So, the one year I experienced the crushing, depressing, cold and dark winter months, I came to long for each day on the right side of the the winter solstice when the sun would begin to slowly return.

The darkness can make you do really stupid things. What kind of things? As you can see from the photo above (and you may have seen on CNN), a cleaning person decided to steal a train; what do you do with a stolen train you may ask? Why naturally, you drive it past the end of the rails into an apartment building, silly (said with a HUGE dose of irony)!

Then there is the ice that comes. I have never in 50 years ever put on a seat belt on a bus in Sweden. I mean, have you ever seen a bus slide off the road. Laughable right? Then again….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKGniA7pfvM

Then there is the government run airline, a proud member of Star Alliance, who was less than two weeks from running out of money. The best quote from the piece to me is:

“Had we not sealed the deal SAS would have folded and 15,000 employees would have lost their jobs. It would have been the largest bankruptcy case ever in Scandinavia,” said Wallenberg.

Not to mention what it would have done to Star Alliance. And btw, AF & KLM and the rest of Europe are not much better off if you have been paying attention lately.

Anyway, now, in English, you are caught up on all things travel and Sweden for this winter. Just remember we are only a little over 5 months away from the longest day of the year. That day, at my family’s summer home, it is light almost all night long. A midnight round of golf anyone? – René

 

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  1. When I lived in Sweden, I remember it got dark at 3:00 pm, and in the summer it stayed light out until 10:00 pm. I appreciate more moderate differences here in Texas now.

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