Today sixteen years ago.
The 17th November 1995 is a day that none of us old enough living in this part of Sweden ever will forget. Well to be honest it started already on the night the 16th and it continued for a bigger part of Saturday 18 th too. It snowed and it snowed a lot!
I worked night at Volvo in Gothenburg back then but had for some reason taken the night off but I still was up all night and I had heard it would snow so I really didn’t notice the snow fall that much in the beginning, not until I was going for a walk with my dogs early Friday morning. It was like walking out in to a white wall 🙂 🙂 🙂 At first I actually had problems opening the front door at the apartment building I lived in and after that I had problems going anywhere at all 🙂 🙂
Then I noticed that it was, beside the sound from the wind, absolutely quiet outside. Gothenburg is a rather big city and since I lived close to one of the bigger highways it never was really quiet there. Already by then we had around 1 meter (much the same in yards) of snow but in the snowdrifts it was up to three meters! My dogs must have thought they’d come to paradise because they loved snow 🙂
Normally this was the time when many people were on the way to work but I couldn’t see a single person anywhere. Here and there I could see snow piles sort of blinking, like christmas decorations 🙂 It showed drivers just had stopped in the middle of the road and then left their cars where they stood with the warning lights on. We were on our way home after I don’t know how long when I suddenly heard a loud bang, one of the snow plows had hit one of the cars that they had left in the middle of the road.
Volvo had locked all doors and ways out from the factory forbidding anyone to leave until it was safe enough. From what I heard only two people came to work at Volvo that day 🙂 One lived just next door, the other one had walked over 35 kilometers (22 miles)!!! If You ask me I think they should have punished him in some way, it isn’t worth taking such a risk like walking so far in a blizzard just to get to work!! But Volvo looked at it in another way and gave him one week of extra vacation that year 🙂 🙂 🙂
It took me forever to dig out my car from the snow again but that didn’t matter, no one could use the roads until all those cars parked in the middle of the road was gone again anyway 🙂 🙂 The fun ting is that I can’t remember how the rest of the winter was but I guess we did have snow for a long time that year 🙂 🙂 I have been through a blizzard like that one more time and that was when I just had moved up to this county. But it was very local and my friends at work had problems believing me because there were almost no snow at all where we worked 🙂 It took four days until they finally plowed our little road so We could get out to the rest of the world again 🙂 🙂 🙂
This year the snow is late, all over the country but that just makes me happy 🙂 🙂 Yesterday was a brilliant winters day with sunshine, cold temperatures and no wind at all. I drove to the store to get some throat lozenges and nasal spray so I could enjoy the weather some. The guy in the store warned me several times that I had bought a really really strong nasal spray and how true he was 🙂 🙂 🙂 It feels like spraying cold acid straight up my nose and the pain is really nasty for a couple of seconds, but my nose dries up very well 🙂 🙂 🙂 The fever is finally letting go of its grip (well it comes back every now and again just to show it can) and if I only could get rid of the coughing I would say I’m on my way to health again 🙂
Have a great day!