in the wild

vårkänslor. the feelings sweeping over sweden.

7 May 2013

so, i know i’ve said this before some time, but the weather is sweden is extreme. when it’s good, it’s amazing. and when it’s bad, it’s awful and depressing. and the weather tends to hang around for a while = it doesn’t fluctuate much from day to day. when it snows, it dumps. when it is gray and chilly, it’s that way until you think you just can’t stand one more day. and when the sun shines, it does so for days. it warms your skin with its intense rays.

right now, we’re in a period of amazing, unbelievable, perfect weather. and we went straight from winter to summer. i must admit, all of this warm sunshine and deep blue skies has affected my mood. you know, we also have the super long daylight hours gong on now. anyway, my mood. it’s off the charts. i have so much energy. i feel so alive. i just wanna soak in every little bit of the amazingness that is around me. i’ve even been more social. and i never, ever want to be inside.

people

today, as i worked in my office, i had the old, creaky windows flung wide open. i could hear the hustle and bustle of city life below me: people laughing, children running, babies crying, bike bells dinging, feet shuffling.

i also had my spring playlist playing as i worked. and i realized that i made a freaking good playlist. hehe. it’s dreamy. organic. happy. sunny. calming. upbeat.

so, i thought i’d pay it forward. i’d love to share my playlist with you. i’d love to share with you the feelings of hope, beauty, peace, and excitement that flutter through me when i hear the music and listen to the lyrics. of course, it may not strike you at all. it may not be your cup of tea. on the other hand, it may inspire you, or some tune may stir something within you. anyway… think of this as me spreading some of the sunny cheer that we are experiencing here in sweden with all of you.

click on the album covers below to access the playlist on spotify. if you don’t have spotify, then leave a comment and i’ll get the list of songs/singers to you, if you’re interested. 

vårkänslor

speaking of sunny swedish cheer… there is a word in swedish that i love… vårkänslor. spring feelings.

or if you’d like a more detailed description: the feelings of extreme happiness, giddy expectation, dizzying euphoria, etc. one gets when it finally appears as though spring is coming. 

in other words: woo0 hooooo! yeeeee haawwww! (spoken like a true american. wink wink).

it is a madness that sweeps the nordic nation every year. and it’s happening now. after surviving the long, dark, seemingly never-ending nights, there are signs of life. literally. it may take mother nature until may to show us, but nature is beginning to wake up. the sun has risen high in the sky again. no more 2 hours of the sun barely peeking over the buildings. little purple flowers are popping up in the grass, which has turned green and is thickening up. and, again, the sun. have i mentioned the sun yet? that glorious bright circle in the sky, sending down hot, bright rays to warm our bare skin. the sunglasses come out. every face is turned upwards toward the sky… literally. every time i go somewhere, i cross the street multiple times just to make sure i am walking in the sun as much as possible. the cafes have built all of their outdoor seating spaces. people are everywhere. the ice cream kiosks have opened. parks are filled. even if the temperature is a little chilly and you need to wrap up in a fleece blanket as you sip your coffee outside, it doesn’t matter. as long as there is sun, there is hope. there is life. the time has arrived….vårkänslor!

in the states we refer to this as spring fever. and i’ve dealt with spring fever my whole life. it’s an intense desire for spring. like cabin fever is an intense desire to get out of the house. but, after living in sweden for three years now, and living through 3 winters, i understand that vårkänslor is a much deeper, even more intense, insane disorder that all of swedish society experiences. it is part of the swedish culture. and it is a beautiful thing.

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today, after i couldn’t stand be cooped up at work any longer, i packed up my stuff, did a few errands, and headed home on foot. i walked slowly. i breathed in the air. felt the breeze. i didn’t even have a jacket on today. it was not chilly at all. i strolled down queen street, smiling, and perhaps even whisteling to myself. seriously. when i reached a crossroads, i felt my vårkänslor inspire me to go by a friend’s restaurant to grab a late afternoon beer. my friend’s wife (another friend, of course) was there and i asked her to join me. it was a little before the restaurant opened, but since her husband (my friend) manages the restaurant, we were given to ok to park ourselves at a table out back, on their porch. in the sunshine. within minutes, two cold beers were delivered to us and we chatted it up for an hour or so. the perfect spontaneous spring afternoon.

river

later on at home, my love asked if i wanted to go & sit by the river. on  day like today, it was a must! so i slipped on my flip flops and we walked the one block to the river, sat down, and basked in the sun. chatting. sitting in silence. just being. what a fabulous way to end the day.

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yep. vårkänslor. i love them.

peace.

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  • Reply Barb 8 May 2013 at 04:08

    “Like spring fever, only more intense; built into the whole Swedish culture.” Yep. You can only understand it after having lived through a Swedish winter. Enjoy it while it lasts!!

    • Reply liz 9 May 2013 at 08:20

      hope you’re enjoying the coming of spring in your neck of the woods too!

  • Reply Amy 8 May 2013 at 09:28

    Hooray for Spring Feelings!!!!!! (I’ve been so absent from the blogosphere in recent weeks that this is the first post of yours that I’ve read in a while – I’ve missed all of my bloggy friends so much – and I’m delighted to return and find Spring Feelings waiting for me!)

    • Reply liz 9 May 2013 at 08:21

      hi amy! just yesterday i went over to you blogs to see if i’d missed any posts. i hadn’t heard your voice in so long. 🙂 hope all is well with you! xo

  • Reply Holly 8 May 2013 at 09:46

    I’m with you on agreeing the weather really affects moods! Here in the UK it went from cold, to burning skin hot, and today after a whole eve sat in the garden yesterday (and drinking wine!) it’s raining…

    • Reply liz 9 May 2013 at 08:22

      so crazy how the weather changes so quickly. we had a doozy of a thunderstorm last night, but it was so cozy. however, the sun is shining again today! hope you have a beautiful day. xo

  • Reply eldinsmille 8 May 2013 at 11:06

    Vår är här!

    • Reply liz 9 May 2013 at 08:23

      YAY!! 🙂

  • Reply Lexie C 10 May 2013 at 20:23

    Sounds like an absolutely wonderful day! So glad the sun is shining and Spring is appearing 🙂

    I don’t have a spotify but I’d love to hear your playlist! Music is one of my lifelines to sanity and happiness.

    • Reply liz 13 May 2013 at 10:58

      Hi Lexie!
      Here is my playlist!! Music is so important, I completely agree. 🙂

      Eddie Vedder – Tuolumne
      Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Simple Girl
      Maria Solheim – Mountain Song
      Basia Bulat – If It Rains
      James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning, I’ll Come Calling
      The Weepies – World Spins Madly On
      She & Him – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
      Jaymay – All Souls
      She & Him – In The Sun
      Ida Redig – The First Day
      She & Him – Sunday Girl
      Michael Bublé – You Make Me Feel So Young
      Maria Solheim – You – Every Morning
      Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come
      She & Him – Never Wanted Your Love
      She & Him – Never Wanted Your Love
      Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day
      Fleetwood Mac – Songbird
      Patti Smith – Words Of Love
      Wakey!Wakey! – Brooklyn
      Goldfrapp – Alive
      First Aid Kit – When I Grow Up
      Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
      Simone – Feeling Good
      Christina Perri – bluebird
      Nena – 99 Red Balloons
      Labi Siffre – It Must Be Love – 2006 Digital Remaster
      Jaymay – Blue Skies
      Agnes Obel – Brother Sparrow
      Wild Belle – June
      Belle & Sebastian – Another Sunny Day
      The Tallest Man On Earth – The Dreamer
      Agnes Obel – Avenue
      Dylan LeBlanc – Changing Of The Seasons
      John Lennon – Mind Games
      Mr. Mister – Kyrie
      The Tallest Man On Earth – Love Is All
      Rigmor Gustafsson – Still
      Emmy The Great – North
      Bob Dylan – Forever Young
      Christina Perri – A Thousand Years – feat. Steve Kazee [Part 2]
      Agnes Obel – Riverside – Lulu Rouge remix
      Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
      Noah And The Whale – The First Days Of Spring

      Hope you find some some songs you like! xoxo

  • Reply Alarna Rose Gray 13 May 2013 at 11:49

    I can’t believe there’s a word for Spring Feelings, but it makes sense! How wonderful 🙂

  • Reply Laura4NYC 15 May 2013 at 04:39

    spring took a while to show up here too. but i just can’t imagine how it feels to be cooped up for the majority of the year because it’s too cold to go outside… I don’t think Sweden would be my fav country weather-wise… But you do have the awesome mid-summer-night!

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