My last post Monday showed a light snowfall blanketing things. Next it rained which washed most it the snow away. Yesterday is was foggy. No two days are alike here. Today was just gorgeous in the afternoon with temperatures in the 40s and little wind. Very pleasant. While much of Europe really got hammered by winter, especially the middle of the continent we sat here and waited and waited and waited and . . . not much. It snowed here a total of three times including Monday’s dusting for a total of about 4 inches. Here is the last patch of ice around:
I guess we picked a good year to break me into Swedish weather. Last year it started snowing in November and lasted until late March. No one I have talked to has been unhappy with the way things have gone this winter.
Even Bianca is dumbfounded.
Ho-hum. Southern Sweden is the new Southern California. TV, however, is very different.
Here is the news in sign language for the heard of hearing. How many deaf people can there be in a country of 9.5 million who want to watch the news at 5:30? And this is broadcast, not cable. There is also a news program delivered in Finnish which mainly covers news from the extreme north of the country where Norway, Sweden and Finland meet. Also broadcast, not cable.
A classmate took his pregnant wife for a checkup today, blood work, etc. Cost: zero. Another classmate was telling me about taking his kid to the dentist. Apparently they really go to town on kids’ teeth with monthly flouride treatments, the whole nine yards. Cost: zero.
There are some things about this country that are similar to America but, man, there are some real differences.