Still dark

Darkness and streetlights on my way to work.
Darkness and streetlights on my way to work.

The weather has held and it has been a few degrees above zero and a little grey and dull and short days. On thursday it rained and I was quite wet when I came home. And of course I go to work in darkness and go home in darkness.

Friday morning I started my long journey towards home and night. I called the train operator to find out if the trains between Borås and Varberg were running and they were. The railway bank was damaged by the storm Helga and had to be repaired. The local paper had a picture of it here. Well,  it was repaired and I went by train and bus to Landskrona where I had a meeting during the afternoon.  As I was early for my meeting I took a walk in pouring rain in Landskrona that used to be a military town and has a medieval castle very similar to Malmöhus castle. The rained stopped and the sun came through just in time for my meeting. That done I took the train again this time for Hyllie station in Malmö. Unfortunately there were people on the rails so the train was stopped at Lund so I decided to take the bus to Malmö.

One day’s rest and back to Borås on the train bound for Varberg. Unfortunately we where delayed by people walking on the rails again so I missed my train in Varberg and had to go by Gothenburg again, and then a bus for Borås.  This was also my first trip through the railway tunnel through the ridge Hallandsås that has taken 23 Years to build.

As I had other things to do I missed the Lucia at my work on Friday morning. As the 13th of december is a sunday workplaces, schools and daycare institutions had their Lucia on Friday but I looked at the Lucia morning on swedish television from Örgryte Church this morning and it was very impressive with the Lucia with her light crown, her terns and the star boys. The program is one hour long and can be found here and can be seen all over the world for 30 days. If you think it is too long you can look at the beginning when the lucia train march into the church with living candles and singing the Lucia song and get an impression of this swedish tradition.

In later years not only children or young people walk Lucia. I found several favourites in the media where people living at homes for the elderly take the decision to walk Lucia and these elderly Lucia trains are very endearing. I also found a clip on swedish television where people learning swedish had a lucia train for their school with people from ten countries in the train. This gives hope in the darkness that has been the hallmark of this autumn. Listening to the songs in the lucia consert about the coming light and the need for comfort in the whole world maybe there is yet hope.

Saturday and Sunday offered sun during the day in Malmö.

More pictures on Our World Tuesday and on Skywatch.

Darkness and streetlights on my way home after work.
Darkness and streetlights on my way home after work.
Knalleland railway station Friday morning.
Knalleland railway station Friday morning.
Changing trains I Varberg.
Changing trains in  Varberg.

 

Landskrona castle in pouring rain.
Landskrona castle in pouring rain.
Waiting for the bus after the rain in Landskrona.
Waiting for the bus after the rain in Landskrona.
Nearing home in Malmö. People have dressed the trees with light and put Christmas stars and Christmas candles in the windows.
Close to my home in Malmö. People have dressed the trees with light and put Christmas stars and Christmas candles in the windows.
I saw the entrance to the amusement park Liseberg from the bus in Gothenburg.
I saw the entrance to the amusement park Liseberg from the bus in Gothenburg.
Borås at last! Passing the lighted chrismas tree on the square on my way to the apartment.
Borås at last! Passing the lighted chrismas tree on the square on my way to the apartment.
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12 thoughts on “Still dark

    1. Yes it is. But it is worse in nortern Sweden where there is no daylight at all during the winter. On the other hand there is daylight all around the clock in the summer. I wish you a wonderful holiday!

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  1. I reckoned it must be Sweden when it’s so dark, lol! I really suffer this year because of the lack of daylight. The Christmas tree in Borås looks lovely though.
    I always try to see the Lucia celebrations at SVT, but this year I was working. 😦 I didn’t even join our own celebrations since I worked nights and just wanted to come home and sleep.

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    1. Thank you! It is the darkest time of the year but I comfort myself that it will soon turn to light. I missed the Lucia at work but looked at SVT play as I missed the beginning of the Lucia program and saw the rest afterwards. I hope you are not too tired and hope you will get a wonderful Christmas!

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  2. Wonderful post about your journey to work (the journey sounds like a job in itself) Yet you have taken some time to create beautiful photography ~ all of them ~ My favorite is the outdoor Christmas tree.

    Wishing you the magic and love of the season,
    artmusedog and carol

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    1. Thank you! It is a rather tiring journey that takes four hours if I am lucky. Unfortunately I have had to go home rather more often than I had planned. The ideal would have been once in a fortnight but I often had some things to do at home and have had to go every week instead. I wish you a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

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