An update from across the Atlantic Ocean
By Alison Kreviuzuk Since I first began curling with Team Homan all those 14 years ago, my life evolved almost exclusively around curling. Back then, we would always say that school came first but in reality, it was a close second.Life in Sweden has been dramatically different from what my norm was before, but I think I’m adapting quite well. Not having a regulated training program each and every day has been strange, but oddly refreshing. Here are a few other differences I’ve noticed since moving here:
- It is encouraged to take multiple fika (Swedish for coffee break) breaks during work and your allocated five weeks of paid vacation a year.
- Karlstad is called the sun city, but yet in November we had a total of eight hours of sunshine all month. Fredrik ended up buying me a sunlight lamp to help ease the pain.
- Although there is barely any sun, the winter has been extremely mild so far. The temperature barely breaks the 0-degree mark. I heard Ottawa was at -28 last week… 🙂
- The biking culture is intense. People bike everywhere. No need to buy a car, just throw on a pair of winter bike tires and you’re all set.
- Sweden’s banking system runs almost exclusively on cards. The banks here don’t even distribute cash anymore. If you’re coming to visit, don’t even bother getting cash before you come. They will know you’re a tourist.
- There are no breakfast or brunch places that exist in town. We are trying to start up a Sunday breakfast club at our house to try and make it feel a bit more like home.
- Speaking of which, living next to Niklas Edin’s team means you have to always have a stacked fridge and a pot of coffee always on. They show their faces quite a bit, but that’s probably because we’re the only ones in town who get all the Canadian sports channels! It’s been great having such good friends close by.