Vasaloppet Sweden 2018

I know what I’m doing this Sunday morning. No I’m not participating in Vasaloppet, the biggest ski race in Sweden. But I do watch the start and rest of the race on TV.

It’s a race where professionals and amateurs race together.

The start is something unique. Thousands of racers start and release so much energy and expectations when the start signal goes.

Have a great Sunday. Hope you can watch the yotube clip or even find the broadcast of the race somewhere.

People from all over the world participate.

I did a drawing of the start.



First Sunday in March I always do this

I will never ever put on a pair of skies and go nine Swedish miles (one mile is ten kilometers) from Sälen to Mora. But I will probably always in my mind ski that nine miles every year the first Sunday in March in front of the tv in my favorite chair with my favorite breakfast, fika and lunch.

The ski race is called Vasaloppet and everyone can take part, not just the elite. There are people from everywhere and from all age categories. It’s so nice to follow the race from the tv screen. Both the elite and the “blueberries” as the amateurs is called. To go ninety kilometers on skies is not an amateur work, so to call them amateurs is not fair.

You can read more about the race at

The start is amazing to see on television. The start area contains ski tracks that have the same total length as the actual race length. You can watch some examples of the start here:

So now you know what I’m up to the first Sunday in March every year.

After a half day inside I often try to get outdoors to get some fresh air. It’s a tough job to go ninety kilometers on skies even if it’s just in your mind 😉

Actually, this race is one good thing with snow! They had to cancel the race one year because of lack of snow and that was a very empty feeling when that happened.


World cup Stockholm 

Tonight on Swedish TV there was a annual event from Stockholm Sweden.

FIS ski world cup visited Hammarby ski slope with a parallel slalom competition.

That’s very fun to watch on TV. They run against each other two at the time in a cup that ends with a small and big final. 

So tonight I got nothing useful done, I watched sport instead 🙂

But I did a quick drawing.


Snow nostalgia


Trosa water tower Sweden

When I was a teen in the 80s, we only had two tv channels in Sweden, and my family didn’t have a VCR for a long time. The TV didn’t played music video that often and we had no access to the 80s MTV.

So, when the Wham Hit Last Christmas came we could hear it on the radio and if we were lucky, we caught the video on tv, once they played it. Then every Christmas we tried to keep our eyes open for some show that would play the video, that we thought was awesome.

Can you imagine that today, having just one chance to catch a video you want to se every year?

Can you imagine only two tv channels and nowhere else to find a favorite video?

This video is still a favorite but for different reasons than when I was young(er). I like the snow landscape, the friends-come-together-and-have-fun, the winter atmosphere and so on. I like the song too somehow, because it reminds me of how much I liked the song back then.

We didn’t have the unlimited access to different kind of music that we have today. We liked or disliked the hitlists music, that was what we had access to and if we were lucky we had some money to buy a whole record now and then.

So this video is for the snow and the winter,never mind the Christmas theme if you’re not into Christmas and just like snow 🙂


Wham Last Christmas