A Winter Day in Sweden

Dear blog visitors – I wish you a Happy New Year! Staying in Sweden the week between Christmas and New Year as a tradition the last couple of years, we had a jolly good time. We are a small colonies of about 100 Norwegian families with our own vacation home in a small town, Mariestad. It is called the Pearl of Lake Vänern. Situated beside the lake gives Mariestad its unique character. 140 kilometres of coast, a huge inland sea and a splendid archipelago of […]

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Nordic Santa Claus

The week between Christmas and New Year we are at our vacation home in Sweden. The small charming town of Mariestad is in mid Sweden and has a lot to offer for tourists. We’ve been here in our spare time for more than 5 years now. Situated near Vänern, Scandinavian’s largest lake, it holds a lot of exciting opportunities. In the summer season we go boating, swimming as well as golfing and relaxing bike trips. The other villages nearby have summer activities, the most exiting […]

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Christmas – a time for Family

For me, Christmas is rich in traditions. One of them is to go to my parent’s house at the first Christmas day for a brunch. My wife and I with all the children are driving a couple of hours to meet them with my sister’s family and our aunt and her husband. We arrived at noon and as we approached the city, we saw this wonderful scenery: The winter land covered with a touch of snow and they sun low on the horizon. This is […]

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The Return of the Sun

I had another quality time with my wife yesterday as we where at a meeting in the morning. After the meeting, leaving the parking lot, we both saw this wonderful view – the sun rising on the horizon, so nice and brightly. I soon had my mobile phone camera ready of course and capture this wonderful senary with the local village town hall in front. Below the sun there is actually the fjord where we go swimming in the summertime. Now covered with ice, yet […]

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Celebrating the Winter Solstice

“Things have to get worse before they can get better.” Those of us in northern climes who enjoy seeing plants growing outside understand the wisdom behind this observation, when autumn draws to a close and the winter solstice approaches. On the one hand, with each passing day of autumn we are robbed of more and more daylight. On the other hand, we know that, when the winter solstice does arrive, we’ll turn the corner: the shortest day will have been reached, and from then on […]

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