I left spring and actually kind of warm weather by the coast to visit the yearly conference for Swedish Society for Nature Conservation in the ski resort Åre, in the mountaineous parts of Sweden close to Norway.
My first thought was that this was a small village gone large – with still small village roads but filled with traffic and its sides covered with odd buildings in the style of the Alps. So weird! Yep I’ve never been to a ski resort before, and I’m glad I went off season. It must be sooo crowded in season!
I am truly intrigued by mountains. Compared with my husband childhood Mt rainier outside of Seattle, or my childhood Skule mountain (which is more of a hill really) – these mountains seem like something I can run around on playing that I am Heidi. Probably it’s not as easy to run up these hills as it looks to me, but I like the sense of a 3D landscape. In between this mountaineous area and our usual home turf High coast, the middle of Sweden is quite flat.
The conference was amazing, I met so many interesting people and I really tried to get more photos out of the event because of memories and this blog, but I didn’t have time! When I wasn’t talking or listening I was busy writing down a ton of new ideas and stuff I learned from the workshops I attended. It didn’t take long until my head was stuffed, and then I went to the bar and had myself a mojito because wow – have been craving those since pregnancy and moving to the countryside! (Growing mentha in our kitchen window as we speak.)
Then I slept in my car on the parking lot. YEAH! I just kind of had to try that experience. Don’t need to do it again.
In the morning it started snowing. I maxed out my brain with some more inspirational talk and listens, and by lunch I was just DONE. With all that slush pouring down, and the cold winds from the mountains, I just wanted to go back home! And so I did, and I got a five hour music-filled deflating car ride. The closer I got to our home the happier I got, I live in one of the most beautiful areas in Sweden with the cutest little houses and the best weather – at least this weekend!
And today, the monday when EVERYTHING was supposed to happen, I totally crashed and slept until noon when hubby came by and was all “uuuhhm… I don’t think you should sleep more”. Correct dear, I have things to do.