Monday, May 18, 2015

A Swedish spring

Mälarpaviljongen, Stockholm Sweden  |  A Swedish spring on afeathery*nest  |
Ah, springtime. Sunshine, freshly-bloomed flowers, baby animals hopping about.

Except when you're in Stockholm.

Where springtime means wind-whipped rain battering your windows, cloudy gray skies, a chill in the air, and only the faintest glimpses of sunlight.

Last year we had just moved into our new apartment in Hammarby Sjöstad when I experienced a Swedish "spring" for the first time. We had just had an unusually cool April in Sicily and then came back to the normally-frigid month of May in Stockholm. We coped with long walks on Djurgårdenspa days, and the joy of buying my first adult bicycle and scooting about town.

This year, living in a slightly more isolated part of town, I've been coping with making lots of pancakes, knitting as if it's winter (not too hard to imagine), and Netflix marathons.

We have had some proper spring days (jackets required), though, so it's not a total loss of the season—we made the most of it by spending that one sunny Saturday on Norr Mälarstrand where we had drinks at Mälarpaviljongen, lunch at Orangeriet, and then ice cream and a snooze in the comfy lounge chairs at the café under Stadshuset (City Hall).

Mälarpaviljongen, Stockholm Sweden  |  A Swedish spring on afeathery*nest  |
Mälarpaviljongen, Stockholm Sweden  |  A Swedish spring on afeathery*nest  |
We just have to make it through two more weeks and then June will be here and hopefully another amazing Swedish summer with many more beautiful sunny days spent outside.

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