Time flies. In July it will be five years living in Åre, and what a fantastic journey it has been. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I really live in this beautiful place. It has not all been a smooth road, but no road is.
When I see our children skiing, developing, smiling, chasing powder, railing, jumping, then I know that we did the right thing and we are giving them great experiences, the outdoors, activity, and fun.
I have a theory. Åre is this place that brings out the child in adults, a kind of Benjamin Button scenario. Two planks of wood, two wheels, or just a plank of wood, being in the outdoors, chasing powder, speed, discovering new runs, or a new fishing spot.
I remember the weekends when we lived in Stockholm. I was commuting to Uppsala in the week, and weekends would involve going to the playground with the kids, then shopping in Sickla, waiting for Monday and the grind to begin again, something was not right, I could feel it. The kids pre-school was a porta-cabin in a car-park next to a road. Now, sometimes I have to really think what day of the week it is.
Today I took Kabinbanan up, and now I come to think of it that is why I am writing this post. Today was one of those days, the cloud laying low in the valley, so at the bottom it was grey, but as the cable car lifted through the clouds, the sun revealed itself, and it was like being on an aeroplane, with this blanket of cloud wrapping the village, with just the tips of the trees poking through. When the cable car got to the top station nearly everyone turned away from the exit, instead to take in the view, with the sun laying low, taking selfies, smiling, taking in the beautiful view to the south over Jämtland.
It made me think again, about how lucky we are to live here, watching the tourists, smiling, laughing, and for that moment looking quite content.
The Cable Car
Taking in the view
It was cold! Jonathan Englajord
Fun in the sun - Jonathan Englajord
Surfing in Åre
Fishing with the boys