Different darkness for nightswimming

In those two weeks I was away everything changed in Sweden. It is Mordor time here yet again. Cold, wet and dark.  Just as in these images but still so different. The darkness here eats you alive. I remember living in Belgium. It was not really warmer during winter. Wet and badly isolated houses but he light made all the difference. Belgium had about 4 more months of light. Now it goes dark here around 15.00 already. I probably write this every year but I will never get used to it.
So what do I do to survive? Lot’s of dinners with friends, sleep alot, many many candles, and fires in the fire place.
An chocolate and nice blankets and cookies, and good series (watching Stranger Things right now (so scary) And Greys Anatomy is excellent as always). And skiing when the snow comes.
Suddenly I feel alot better already!
Thank you for listening to my nagging.

What are your best tips for surviving winter?



Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Clara B
November 23, 2017 at 02:35

Dear Isabelle, we share the same darkness in QUébec… waiting desesperately for the snow that will illuminate our evenings!! For me, the most difficult thing is not hearing the birds all day long and the leaf int the threes but at the same time the color of the sky around 15.00 and the sound of the snow when i walk , it’s beautiful… i have embrace the winter since i run more outside. i quit the gym and now i do yoga more intensively during the winter. It give me back the energy. I drink more Kumbucha made with lavender for the night and oregano to enjoy when eating. Everyday, i try to walk outside … and come back home to take a warm bath!! The most difficult thing is when work or other obligation doesn’t allow you to adapt your rythm with the change of light! A anthropologist from Québec, Bernard Arcand, wrote un beautiful essay « Abolisson l’hiver» (abolish winter) where he propose to change ( to reverse) the schedule of our vacation and our way of living with the summer season. I think it’s like the way of living where we eat more local and we are more aware of what surrond us…. time and light!!! I send you a sky full of stars. Bravo for your beautiful blog. Very inspiring! Cheers from the other side of the north hemisphere

Isabelle McAllister
November 25, 2017 at 12:05
– In reply to: Clara B

Hi Clara! Thank you for your lovelt comment and great tips! I love running outside in the winter. How colder almost better. But like you said it is difficult and would be great to have an easier transition between summer and winter. Sometimes I think we would be better off working until 15.00 in the afternoon. Working less to save energy for family and friends. Yesterday I went to bed at 21.30 and selpt for 12 hours. Also good but weird! haha. I will try to look at your tips and drink the kombucha! thank you xxx Isabelle

November 23, 2017 at 18:12

Those images are terrifying beautiful. I wouldn’t swim in that water, but I’d certainly enjoy it from a distance, wrapped in a blanket on the beach. There’s nothing like a home, shop or office filled with glowing, amber-lit windows to welcome me in and take the edge off of the darkness. I live in Brooklyn, NY, so our winter darkness is nothing like this, but it can feel overwhelming. I can only imagine how it feels there.

Isabelle McAllister
November 25, 2017 at 12:07
– In reply to: Sakai

We swam in the water it was great! also the editing of the images makes them more dramatic. But it was beautiful! And NYc has so many lights but also has more light thru the year? Thank you for you comment – makes me so happy to hear from you.

November 24, 2017 at 07:43

här kommer två serietips om du inte redan sett: ring min agent (netflix), en fransk tvserie om livet på en agentbyrå för skådespelare och sedan mozart in the djungle (amazon prime) om en symfoniorkester i new york. fantastiska serier som lämnar dig alldeles varm i kroppen. enjoy!

Isabelle McAllister
November 25, 2017 at 12:08
– In reply to: Emma

Tack Emma! Har inte sett ring min agent men älskar mozart in the jungle. Har du sett mindhunter? också mycket bra på netflix!