- Several people have inquired how I cope with norwegian winter. It's a difficult question to answer. Because for us it's kind of just how it is. Dark in winter. Light in summer.
(scource this is polar light seen from Lofoten - much longer north from where I live)
But norwegians certainly have developed some strategies to cope with the darkness:
- Decorate, prepare, celebrate and get totally crazy about christmas the whole month of December - and before you realize the darkest month has gone by.
- Put as many lamps of all sorts and sizes you can imagine into your livingroom.
- Truly believe there is no such thing as bad weather - just bad clothes and
- truly believe the best playground for children is nature and they have to play outside everyday - even if it's dark.
- invest 100 Kroner to get some fresh tulips from the Netherlands in January/February
(I actually have a lovly bunch of tulips on my diningboard but it's too dark to get a picture now :)
- as soon as the first sunrays warm the air in spring digg out the bikini and get as much sun as possible
It's not very expensive to travel to Spain/Turkey or other places in southern Europe. So many travel there for a vacation during the winter month. Many retired norwegians actually live in Spain.
But I really do long for spring!
Do you have any tips on how to get through the dark winter month?