While it probably appears I spend most of my time cross country (Nordic) skiing, visiting Lapland, and hanging out with Ben, lots has been happening in, at, and around school as well. Perhaps first worth noting is the drastic change in daylight hours as spring arrives. While the sunrises and sunsets were beautiful even with 3 hours of daylight, I appreciate them even more now that they are separated by almost 12 hours of daylight (and can’t wait until we are up to 21 hours of daylight).
As you might remember from a post this past January, I went cross country skiing for the first time with classmates to Hamptjärnsstugan in the Umeå area. I’ve been addicted ever since.
Also in January, I volunteered with four other students at the design school to help out with TEDx Umeå. In addition to helping set up and working the coat check, an IxD peer and myself coded a live Twitter feed in Processing that was projected outside the auditorium and displayed tweets relevant to the event. The highlight of the event was the dinner and after party at Sävargården we were invited to attend with all presenters and registered guests (which included a wine and beer pairing with every course).
Shortly after TEDx Umeå and a solo cross country skiing trip to Edsåsdalen, my sister and family friend Martin came to visit me in Umeå before Kelly and I headed up to Abisko for a few days of dog sledding and snowshoeing. The first night of their visit to Umeå we cooked Mexican food and played an intense game of Celebrity and a not so intense game of Scrabble. On the second night we went the city center and ate at Lottas Krog & Pub and enjoyed some tasty reindeer and crème brûlée.
Meanwhile back at school, it continued to snow, lots. Lucky for me, Swedes drown their winter blues in impressive amounts of waffles in fika.
In February, Ben and I rendezvoused for a short weekend in Stockholm, which started out great (enjoyed the David LaChapelle exhibit at Fotografiska Museet), but ended poorly as I came down with food poisoning. Luckily, he was able to visit me in Umeå two weeks later, during which we had a fabulous time cross country skiing near Nydala Lake. Then, a couple weeks ago, I was able to take a very last minute trip to Fontainebleau
for the solo purpose of visiting Ben to do practice ethnography research for our end of semester project, but I’ll cover that in a followup post.
And a few randoms from here and there…
I originally intended this post to primarily display photos from semester design projects, but will have to save those for a post in the near future.