For a few weeks now we have been wondering whether springtime in Norrkoping has finally arrived. A few were caught unawares as bright sunny days were followed with unexpected snowfall leaving the roads covered in 10cm of snow again. But this morning I “think” we can definitely say spring time in Norrkoping is finally here.
The proof is in the Daffodils.
As I walked down to the town centre I noticed for the first time Daffodils finally poking their heads up from what was once a blanket of snow, they looked as if they were in unison as the it was not the odd one or two showing themselves but an army of 100’s had invaded the sloping banks of Klingsbergs Gatan.
What you should expect to see now?
Lot‘s more cyclists.
Norrkoping has giant red cycles dotted around the outskirts of the town, I first thought it meant that the town had a cycle manufacturer based here, however I’ve since learnt that it’s just a statement by the town’s council to encourage you to use your cycles and go green. It works too, and the paths have lanes for cyclists too, so stick to the right when walking or you’ll be ‘largom’!
Girls In very short skirts!
When I first visited I remember my partner saying that I it was in heaven for a “leg man” and believe you me it truly is. Seems that skirts that just about cover the bum is all the rage in Norrkoping, in fact all of Sweden as legs are very visible for all to see on any high street. I’m sure that many a motorist has been the victim of what I’ll call ‘leg crash’!
Men showing off their Tattoo’s
I have never been a follower, I prefer to “stand out a little” however in Sweden seems that it’s highly fashionable to have swirly patterns tattooed down your arm for the men. I’m not really sure what the patterns mean but there are is a hell of a lot of them parading the streets like peacocks showing the common markings.
Flowers, flowers and more flowers
One thing that the Swede’s certainly love is a beautiful floral display of flowers and shrubs. On almost every roundabout you’ll see an organised display of wonderful floral arrangement, window boxes displaying the seasonal selection of flowers (yep they change them). And wonderful gardens in bloom, meticulously cared for.
Finally spring is here in Sweden and definitely in my opinion its way over due. Long may it last