When Dan and I first arrived in Trondheim a few weeks ago, it was cold. Like, really cold. Like, the end of July and 50 degrees out. Not only that, but it rained every single day. It was a little alarming, but I grew to accept that this new home of mine would simply always be cold and rainy. At least in the winter there would be snow! And no sunlight ever…
But then a few days ago something peculiar happened. I woke up to a sunny day, and instead of those dark clouds eventually rolling in, they stayed away. And then the next day it didn’t rain either. And then on Saturday it was 80 degrees outside. What? Apparently Trondheim does do summer!
For a girl who claims she prefers snowy winter days to sunny summer ones, I’ve spent a lot of my adult life living in places with perpetual summer. One of the things that most bothered me about those sunny climates, besides all the sunburns, was that I stopped appreciating the sun. In fact, I would often find myself praying for just a few clouds to come out. Maybe even some rain?
Norwegians, on the other hand, definitely appreciate the sun. Just a few rays of sunshine is enough to transform Trondheim into the pages of a beachwear catalog. And while I was tempted to tell the cashier at the supermarket that wearing a bikini top inside wasn’t going to help her with her tan, I admired her commitment to the season.
Eager to take part, on Saturday Dan and I made our way through the sunbathing bodies covering Trondheim’s streets, pushing our way through the students lining up to dive off of Trondheim’s bridges, to catch the tram up to Lian Lake.
Lian is just a twenty-minute tram ride from Trondheim’s city center, but I immediately felt like I had been whisked away on holiday to the southern coast of Norway. With people reading in the sun, children splashing around in the water, and hamburgers sizzling on grills, Lian felt like true summer. Sure the water was icy cold, but that didn’t stop us!
Okay, I didn’t make in past my ankles, but it didn’t stop Dan!
That’s his head poking out of the water, in case you couldn’t tell ^^
And just to make sure we were being Norwegian enough in our celebration of summer, we met up with some friends for some grilling in the park that night, along with every other resident of Trondheim.
Do you live somewhere cold enough to obsess over tiny glimpses of summer, or are you totally over the heat?