Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Return to Normal Life in Upplands-Väsby

Wednesday, 10 May, 2017:

I've often been told by my Swedish friends that the weather here in Scandinavia can be a bit sketchy this time of year.

Hard to believe after the great day of weather last Friday when David and Gayle visited Stockholm but today I found out first hand that my Swedish friends were right.

We had snow on the windshield
of our ship returning from Rīga

It had snowed during the night as we crossed the Baltic Sea. Many of the islands as we entered the Stockholm Archipelago had had enough snow during the night that it was still quite visible on the ground and rooftops that we saw.

The sky was blue, bright and clear so the views of the islands were great again.

Colorful cargo boat heading
out to the Baltic Sea

Someone's cabin in woods

More than a cabin

 Getting nicer

So we live on a small island

Our small island is
smaller than yours

 Sun reflections

The woods look inviting

Island civilization looming

Finally back in Stockholm

To sum up my Rīga trip, the entire ferry/cruise ship experience was excellent. My room was spacious for a single and quiet too. The food and entertainment aboard ship were top notch as well. I good not have asked for a better Baltic Sea crossing experience.

And as for Rīga, I loved that city!

 Meanwhile, back in Upplands-Väsby

This temperature reading at Noon on the town's library building of 3°C equals 37°F.

We had some snow flurries
that you might see here

These were happening in about five minute bursts from the time we docked in Stockholm until about 4:00 p.m.

It was nothing serious and the snow melted as soon as it hit the ground.
 My go-to bus stop

It was 5:45 p.m. and time to board the first of my two busses to get to Södervikskolan in time for the 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wäsby Warriors practices.

We had 13 suited out tonight
for the U15 practice

U15 Head Coach
Jimmy Pluto Alonso setting up
the Kickoff Team

 U13 Tackling Drill

 U13 scrimmage

 U11 scrimmage

Another great day for American football in Sweden!

Reading Is FUNdamental

An anthology of 13
different noir short stories

Some stories merited expansion into a full book, others were not so good.

I'd say it was an average read overall which is disappointing because the previous books in this "Name a City" Noir series  which visits over 90 cities world wide have been a bit more interesting. These books ask writers from the country being written about to ink short stories set in the major city that is the topic of the book's noir discussion.

Given Sweden's well earned reputation in the noir book genre, I expected more from this book.

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