Saturday, 7 January 2012

The Streets of Uppsala

2011_Uppsala_18 copyDuring my ski vacation to Norway, I made a brief business trip to Uppsala, Sweden. I had a couple of free hours early in the morning and I spent it on the streets with my camera.

What says "Sweden in the winter" better than snow on an old Volvo, even if the snow is hanging off the roof like a lopsided old cap?

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The city government found a neat way to cost-effectively decorate this overpass: they simply projected an image of snowflakes onto the side of it!

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I also liked the way they used white cobblestones to mark the crosswalks: there is no paint to fade here! They also make for a striking composition, as in the case of the Woman Waiting For A Bus.

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I wonder if this is the bus she was waiting for?

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There was a bit of a frost on the ground and it was beginning to snow. I was walking along the street looking for a streetscape to add to my European Streets folio, when I noticed how trucks driving over the streets would leave tracks. In this case, the tracks reflected back with the bright light of the overhead Christmas lights.

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The further I walked from the city center, the more snow there was on the streets and sidewalks. I also saw racks and racks of bikes. By itself, this is not unusual for Europe. I certainly have seen more bikes in The Netherlands, but even from a distance I could see what looked like bike tire tracks in the snow. Now this was unusual: cycling in the snow and ice?

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Getting closer, it was obvious they were being used; there was nowhere near as much snow on them as there was on the old Volvo, so they couldn't have been in the rack all that long.

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Could it be that the people here actually ride their bicycles in the snow? I didn't have long to ponder on this when a woman rode in on her bike, locked it up, and scurried off (presumably to work). Not only did she manage to ride a bike in the snow, she did so with that long coat on!

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I understand that these bikes almost certainly have studs in their tires, but even so, would you ride a bike on this street?

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Here is a quick index of my Postcard blog articles for this trip:

My post about some Accidental Abstracts I made during this trip is here.

My post about skiing in Oslo and some Postcards taken with my phone's camera is here.

My post about a side trip I made to Uppsala, Sweden and some early morning streetscapes I made is here.

My post about a fabulous stay I had at Brumma, a cabin above the tree line in Brummastølen, is here.

My post about the wonderful Norwegian Christmas Eve tradition of lighting a candle at the grave of family is here.

My post about my adventure in a hut up in the boreal forest canopy is here.

My post about a wonderful little church I discovered while up above the Arctic Circle is here.

My post about the commonality of fishing between Norway and Newfoundland is here.

My post about being above the Arctic Circle during the polar night is here.

My post about the Nobel Peace Prize fakkeltog is here.



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