Start (and middle) of 2nd Semester Photo Diary

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).

UID Winter Sunset

UID Winter Sunset

1. & 2. Sunsets from UID

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.

Cross Country Skiing to Hamptjärnsstugan

Cross Country Skiing to Hamptjärnsstugan

3. Cross Country Skiing to Hamptjärnsstugan / 4. Sunset at Hamptjärnsstugan

Sledding in Hamptjärnsstugan

Sledding in Hamptjärnsstugan

5. & 6. Sledding in Hamptjärnsstugan

Waffles & hotdogs at Hamptjärnsstugan_215753

Waffles & hotdogs at Hamptjärnsstugan_215753

7. & 8. Waffles & hotdogs at Hamptjärnsstugan

Post Cross Country Skiing Fika

Post Cross Country Skiing Fika

9. & 10. Post Cross Country Skiing Fika

Post Cross Country Skiing Fika

Post Cross Country Skiing Fika

11. & 12. Post cross country skiing fika

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).

TEDx Umeå at UID

TEDx Umeå Twitter feed

13. TEDx Umeå at UID / 14. TEDx Umeå Twitter feed

Having some fun...

Having fun...

15. & 16. Having fun…

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

17. & 18. TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

19. & 20. TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

21. & 22. TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

23. & 24. TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

25. & 26. TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

27. & 28. TEDx Umeå dinner at Sävargården

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.

Kelly & Martin's visit

Kelly & Martin's visit

29. & 30. Fajitas!

Kelly & Martin's visit

Kelly & Martin's visit

31. & 32. Games

Kelly & Martin's visit

Kelly & Martin's visit

33. & 34. Walking in a winter wonderland

Kelly & Martin's visit

Dedicated to Martin

35.Enroute to cross country ski / 35. Dedicated to Martin

Lottas Krog & Pub

Lottas Krog & Pub

37. & 38. Lottas Krog & Pub

Train to Abisko

Train to Abisko

39. & 40. Train to Abisko

Train to Abisko

Outside view on train to Abisko

41. & 42. Train to Abisko

Dog sledding in Abisko

Dog sledding in Abisko

43. & 44. Dog sledding in Abisko

Suiting up for dog sledding in Abisko

Beers & games at Aurora Sky Station Abisko

45. Suiting up for dog sledding / 46. Beers & games at Aurora Sky Station

Lunch at STF Abisko

Lunch at STF Abisko

47. & 48. Lunch at STF Abisko

Meanwhile back at school, it continued to snow, lots. Lucky for me, Swedes drown their winter blues in impressive amounts of waffles in fika.

Snow on Umeå University

Snow on Umeå University

49. & 50. Snow on Umeå University

UID Waffle Wednesday

UID Waffle Wednesday

51. & 52. UID Waffle Wednesday

Turkish Friday fika

Exquisite Friday fika

53. Turkish Friday fika / 54. Fancy Friday 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.

Rendevous with Ben in Stockholm

Rendevous with Ben in Stockholm

55. & 56. Rendevous with Ben in Stockholm

Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm

David LaChapelle exhibit at Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm

57. Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm / 58. David LaChapelle exhibit

Still lots of snow in March in Umeå

Still lots of snow in March in Umeå

58. & 59. Still lots of snow in March in Umeå

Friday fika outside

Friday fika outside

60. & 61. Friday fika outside

Frozen Nydala Lake

Walking on Nydala Lake

62. & 63. Hanging out on Nydala Lake

On Nydala Lake

Power ranger?

64. On Nydala Lake / 65. Power ranger?

And a few randoms from here and there…

Inside joke between me and Sweden

Found in Umeå Architecture School

66. Inside joke between me and Sweden / 67. Found in Umeå Architecture School

Did not buy

Peanut butter from Stockholm

68. Weird, did not buy / 69. Peanut butter gift from Stockholm

Sun in Umeå!

Artifacts of winter

70. Sun in Umeå! / 71. Artifacts of winter

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.

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