A wonderful morning.
The day have started really wonderful today. The sun shines, the sky is clear blue and there´s no wind to speak about. I can see thin high clouds in the distance but I doubt they will hinder the sunshine to reach us down below. It was rather cold though, only -8,4C (17F) but I didn´t need neither gloves nor a cap as long as I was walking in the sunshine.
The first Trumpet swans (or as we call them, Song swans) has been sighted not far away from here. But there´s no open water in the lake yet so I doubt that they will come to us until it starts to open up. There´s always a couple of cranes that comes early too every year, but there are no sighting of those yet. But I can feel it in the air, winter is now finally dying away for this time 🙂
They show Vasaloppet (The Vasa race) on tv right now. It´s the oldest, one of the longest and one of the biggest cross country ski races in the world. It´s around 90km (56 miles) long and around 14 000 people participate in the race. Well they ski it but only the first 100 really has a chance to win the race 🙂 The race is done in memory of our king Gutav Vasa when he fled from the danish kings army towards Norway where he had friends. It´s said that he by skis took this way but in the opposite direction than the race is done 🙂
Later research however has shown that he actually didn´t know what skis was 🙂 🙂 🙂 So the most possible way he got that way was by horse and sled. The swedes weren´t that keen to help him fight the danes to be honest, but finally the people from Dalarna helped him and he became our king. Later on when the people of Dalarna disagreed with him he didn´t hesitate to slaughter them all. What a nice guy don´t You think. The old kings never cared about the people they ruled, they only cared about the power they had.
Have You ever eaten a semla? A semla is a kind of bread bun with cinnamon and cardamom, filled with almond paste and whipped cream. For swedes it´s tradition to eat Semlor (many semla is called semlor) and it continues all the way to easter. Semlor are so popular that newspapers test all varieties they can find and tells their readers where they can find the best ones in town. You can eat the semla like any other bun, but many of us likes to put it in a deep plate filled with hot milk and eat it with a spoon 🙂
Well it´s time to see who´s winning the Vasaloppet and after that there will be more skiing on tv. Both the world championship in cross country skiing and the world championship in Ski biathlon goes on at the moment and we´ll take some more walks in between too 🙂 Have a great day now!