Why you should consider joining the Scandinavian Tourist Associations

I didn´t grow up in Scandinavia, so at first, the thought of being member of a national trekking or tourist association seemed not exciting to me. But I was wrong. Even many Swedes or Norwegians that like to be outdoors, hike, ski, climb or bike might not be all too familiar with the advantages of theseContinue reading “Why you should consider joining the Scandinavian Tourist Associations”

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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 myContinue reading “Summer is here!”

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 aContinue reading “Vasaloppet – Kortvasan”

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 “Winter Solitude”