Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Scandinavia


Norway landscape


Sweden: Riddar Island is part of the oldest area in Stockholm, Sweden. It is known for its historic sites and architecture


Finland landscape: There are over 180,000 lakes in Finland.

3 comments:

  1. I don't think most of you know this but I lived in Norway for 5 years. I was very young but i still remember quite a bit about it and these pictures remind me a great deal. I loved how Annika pointed out on Wednesday that artists where inspired by the fact that the year is split into two chunks. When it is ALWAYS light and ALWAYS dark. It's a very bizarre atmosphere to be around. It definatly changes a person

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  2. When I first was married we spent a year together in Sweden, and my husband David had a very difficult time during the dark months. It's pitch black when you get to work or school, and pitch black when you get back. It's only light for a few hours. Often it goes from black to dark grey, and you might not see the sun for a while. Then the opposite happens, the night never gets dark. As the sun starts warming everything, people spend as much time as possible outdoors. In the spring David was quite surprised to see many older women sitting in their bras in parks downtown Stockholm. I had never thought of that as being strange. It's warm, you get out, throw off your clothes and try to go swimming as much as possible. These extreme light differences really affect the people. In the country side and smaller communities there is even less light, or no street lights. Depression is common.

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  3. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous and really make me want to visit these countries. In response to Annika's comment, I find it challenging to imagine a place whose seasons consist of either constant light or constant darkness. It is incredible how we take our light cycles so completely for granted to the point where the thought of it being any other way is difficult to fathom.

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