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Who Dealt these Cards?


Flashback Friday


    Way back when, well not that long time ago but still 10 years ago, I had the privilege to take a field class in northern Sweden, about how climate change affect the arctic and the subarctic environment. I guess that was the beginning of the journey I am currently on (I guess I can argue that it started way before then too, but I'll go with this for now). It does make me wonder, who dealt these cards? Did it just randomly happen that I took that class or was it because I was intrigued by it and wanted to learn more, or was it because I had never been to Abisko, or what? Did I choose my own path back then or did I accidentally stumble upon it. Either way I think that class is what brought me to where I am now. 


Under the midnight sun

    During that class two other students and I ventured out on a night hike to get to the next destination for our class, of course we talked with the professors before and they all agreed that we could to that if we wanted to. So we did. We ventured out under the midnight sun right after dinner that evening. Up and over the mountains to get to the research station. Across fields of snow and gorgeous midnight sun that casted its rays upon the beautiful country of northern Sweden. Right then and there I must have decided that I love this place. The mountains and that midnight sun. We were also lucky enough to spot a Wolverine from afar, which is the first but not the last one that I have seen. It was to far away to get a photo of it though.


My path?

    Very often I do wonder where I would have been had I not started my PhD in Alaska. Would I have done a PhD in Sweden? Actually I did apply for a PhD in Sweden, but didn't even get a reply from that application, which (in my opinion) is ridiculous. So I broaden my search and stumbled upon a PhD position in Alaska. I don't think I quite realized what I was getting myself into. I mean I realized the PhD part, but I don't think I realized what a gem Alaska really is. I don't think I had dreamt about Alaska or anything like that. Although my mom claims she used to make up bedtime stories about me exploring parts of the world, including Alaska. Since then I have wandered the mountains of Alaska, well a few, very very few of them...but still.



    I've worked remotely in parts of Alaska as part of my research, but also helping other people with their research and fieldwork. But I love it. And I miss it. But there are more mountains to be discovered and I have the privilege to do that, which I am very grateful of. As you all probably know, not everyone are able to do that. One thing though, all of this doesn't come for free. And I have given up and sacrificed large parts of my life too, to be able to do what I am doing. We are given our deck of cards at the beginning of our life, and how we play them is up to us, and as with any card game you play, sometimes you loose and sometimes you win. Nothing in life comes for free, remember that. 


    Who dealt your cards? Or did you just stumble upon your present life?


Dom Tomma Stegen

Wednesday thoughts

Jag såg en man ligga och dö på en bänk en natt
det var inte mycket att göra
Hans vän sa: Jesus tar hand om dig nu
men han kunde varken se eller höra
Månen blänkte i fjärden
nordens renaste vatten
Man la en filt över kroppen
sen gick vi sakta hemåt i natten



    This earth sometimes takes and sometimes gives. The other day earth took someone from me, a little too early. Quick and unexpectedly my mom got sick, her aorta burst and she went to the hospital in an ambulance and then had a 6 hr long surgery. Unfortunately she lost too much blood, and had other complications so she passed away before we really understood what had happened.



    Monday, November 14th, the day of the super moon, the super moon that didn't really look like a super moon compared to what I have seen in Alaska. Mom was so happy to be able to go to Alaska, TWICE. She saw Denali and Northern Lights. Now I will travel home to Sweden much sooner than what I had anticipated. I just wish it was under better circumstances. 



    Mom touched so many people, she connected so well with everyone and anyone. It brings joy to my heart to know how much she meant to other people. Now she's gone but she will always be in our hearts and with me from now on. 

Posted on November 16, 2016 and filed under Wednesday Thoughts, The great wide open, Stockholm, Sweden.

Beauty on Water?


Flashback Friday

    Well, I think it's time to do a flashback Friday from my hometown, and home country or what do you think?


Stockholm Archipelago

    Last time I was back in Sweden was in April 2013, so that is quite some time ago. I grew up in Stockholm and of course there are many things I miss about Sweden and Stockholm, but there are also a lot of things I don't miss about Sweden and Stockholm. In April 2013 I finally took W with me to Sweden, he's been studying in Finland before so it wasn't completely new to him to go to a Scandinavian country. I figured that one of the best ways to showcase Stockholm would be to go on one of the many boats. We picked one that was combined with a lunch buffet, so you could eat and watch the beauty of Stockholm and it's surroundings at the same time. What a concept :)


Beauty on Water?

    Of course I am probably biased when I say that I believe Stockholm really is beauty on water, but that's okey. Just looking at these pictures of the many different islands in the archipelago makes me miss Stockholm right now. If you ever bring someone from abroad over to Sweden and Stockholm you have to go on one of these boat trips. Seeing the many different but also beautiful houses along the way, and watch the different communities on the islands and along the way develop is such nice experience if you never seen anything like it before. 


    Isn't it beautiful? Stockholm has a special place in my heart of course. One of the things I really missed while living in Fairbanks, AK was of course all the water. Here in Madison and Wisconsin we do have the many lakes to make up for part of that, but it's still not the same at all. 


    Happy Friday to you guys!