March was a month of bitter cold, the return of seagulls, semla, piles of påskgodis, tulips, snowstorms, colourful sunsets once again, light mornings and blue evenings.
Trays of delicious semla filled the windows and counters of bakeries. Me and Scott are still divided on which shop sells the perfect semla — he likes them sweeter, and I prefer less almond paste with more nuts.
This dog waited so patiently for a lick of cream!
SAAB ads for “total control” started appearing; a sign of the times we’re living in. If you’re wondering why, it’s because their products contribute to Sweden’s total defence strategy — which also includes military conscription, civilian duties and a bunch of other things.
We bumped into the Krishnas along Drottninggatan (usually there or Gamla Stan). Wet weather didn’t stop them from sharing their music and they even had a plate of chokladbollar this time.
I love photographing dogs around the city and March gave me so many good opportunities. This sausage dog on a boat is the best; it looks very happy about the whole blanket on lap setup.
So much snow fell during March!! After a brief moment of sunshine, we were back to big coats, hoods and hats. The wind blowing in from the archipelago actually hurt my face at times (so cold it took my breath away). That said, I’m comfortable in the cold and always happy to see snow, even at this point in the year.
We haven’t cycled at all this Winter. Next year, we’re planning to get snow tyres fitted so that we can continue adventuring for longer. Neither of us have ever cycled in snow and ice, which I’m sure will be a steep learning curve.
Quite a few people navigate the snow and ice with walking poles at this time of year. Our kommun does a great job gritting and ploughing paths but I imagine the poles add some extra speed and stability. It’s quite amusing to watch people move around the city like they’re skiing.
That’s all for March!