Even if the snow started to melt today there is still a long way to go until one can really say spring is here. There is plenty of snow left. I put my rain boots on today. I am really glad I bought them because even if the sun is shining and there is no rain in sight all the melted snow puddles make it necessary to make sure you keep your feet dry.
The kids are still enjoying the snow that is left. I am amazed that they haven´t tired of winter yet. I am so over and done with it. I just hope there won´t come more snow and cold now. They say this has so far been the longest and coldest winter in the last 40 years in Sweden. So will there ever be an end to it?
As I walked down Götgatan in the southern part of the city I witnessed how some heavy amounts of snow slided down from one of the roof tops and came crashing down on the street below. Luckily I was walking in the middle of the street here (that happens to be closed off from traffic) and no one else was walking directly below either. This was a huge amount of snow that came down. At first I thought that perhaps someone was up on the roof shoveling down snow but it was snow sliding down all by it self. This time it all went well as a) there was no one walking directely below and b) it was snow and not ice coming down. There have been incidents of ice that has severely injured people and even killed one or two people. So you really have to be careful and look up every once in a while when you walk around and snow is melting.
Living here in Hammarby sjöstad almost feel kind of living in a ski resort in a way. We live so close to the only ski slope in Stockholm. People come here and travel on the tram with their ski gear daily during winter. You see people on their way to the ski slope wearing helmets and carrying skis. It feels kind of cool and exotic. Makes me feel I am not in Stockholm but somewhere else on ski vacation.