It Was a Bitterly Cold -22°

NOTES: Happy first day of spring! The events in this post took place on the vernal equinox 13 years ago. —Jadi

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For 14 years my husband spent half of every winter up in northern Sweden, working on a frozen lake. The engineers flew up for 2 week stints, leaving home on Mondays and returning two weeks later on a Friday evening charter flight.

The very last year that Uwe did this stint, his company began to allow family members to take advantage of the flights. At the end of March 2001, on the vernal equinox, I flew up to meet Uwe in the region broadly known as Lappland.

Limited access roads

My flight was delayed while President Putin flew through European airspace back to Russia. By the time I arrived it was close to midnight, and we had to drive an hour further north to reach Arjeplog. It was a bitterly cold -22° and on either side of the deserted road the snow piles loomed. But we kept stopping the car…

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5 thoughts on “It Was a Bitterly Cold -22°

  1. Thank you for reblogging this so I (and others!) could be encouraged to find it. Fascinating glimpse into a world I’m so close to, but haven’t experienced (yet?)!!

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