A Swedish Classic – My challenge for 2018

For next year I signed myself up for a different type of challenge: competitions in four different disciplines: from skiing, to cycling, swimming and running. It's called En Svensk Klassiker - a swedish classic - and you have to complete these four competitions over the course of a year. You may think that it's not really close to... Continue Reading →

Working in the mountains is unlike most other workplaces. Anybody who ever spent a season in the Alps or in the Scandinavian mountains will probably agree with me.  This summer I got the chance to spend three months in Ritsem. Ritsem is a very small village at the end of a 150 km long road,... Continue Reading →

Finally a real winter adventure

...Okay, the word 'adventure' is relative. What we did was nothing extraordinary but I have to set one foot in front of the other and this was my most advanced winter trip so far. It was the first time we went without a group and the first time we took the pulka (sled) with us.... Continue Reading →

Three weeks on Nordkalottleden

Abisko - Ritsem - Ny-Sulitjelma - Vaimok - Kvikkjokk Day 1- 15km/ 4 hours After a quick morning flight to Kiruna, we arrive in Abisko around noon. I buy a bottle of gas and off we go for the first stage. Kungsleden trail is in a sad state, with tracks from 4x4 vehicles all over... Continue Reading →

Summer is here!

Over the last few days the weather changed from almost winterly conditions to a sudden feeling of summer. Where I live, most trees were still grey and empty by the beginning of May and within only a few days nature bursted with colours. Compared to life in Portugal, where it gets warm (or for my... Continue Reading →

Vasaloppet – Kortvasan

Vasaloppet The skiing marathon Vasaloppet is probably one of the most classic and traditional events in Sweden. By now there is not only one race but a whole week of competition that caters different classes of participants. Since this was my first time, I decided that it would be the wisest to decide for a... Continue Reading →

Winter Solitude

'Winter solitude-  in a world of one color  the sound of wind.' Matsuo Basho         The Mountains - grow unnoticed Their Purple figures rise Without attempt  Exhaustion Assistance or Applause  In Their Eternal Faces  The Sun with just delight  Looks long and last and golden For fellowship at night    Emily Dickinson    ... Continue Reading →

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