This midday, I went together with Ruter from the IKEA back to Flogsta. Who is Ruter? Ruter is IKEA’s low-cost ironing board and everybody has been missing it. We now share the cost of it among four people. There is no other ironing board in my corridor and in my building, either.
Some words about the weather: Although it feels not really cold (we have around -3 degrees centigrade), there now is a lot of snow. In contrast to home, when it snows the snow remains on the ground and does not melt away. When it is fresh it is quite difficult to bike on it because it has not compacted yet. I think if we had this amount of snow at home, everything would brake down. But here even the busses run on time.
Snow scene right before my house
Another thing that bothers me for quite some time is the local petrol station. They have a banner hanging there that says “SÃ¤nkt bensinpris” (=lowered price for petrol), but they do not display the actual price somewhere. Someone else seemed to like that banner though and put it on his or her balcony (see below) here in Flogsta. I guess he or she didn’t pay too much for it.
Lowered petrol price
The other thing I did today was that I upgraded my bike with respect to traffic safety. Although lights came with the bike when I bought it, the holder of the frontlight broke. So I bought a complete set of lights and mounted them on my bike. The rear light first did not fit on the sattel pole, but luckily I had brought some rubber tape and with that I could thicken the pole. Now the rear light sits perfectly.
My bike (see arrows for new lights)
In addition to that, I also bought a bike helmet. In Maastricht, it would never come into my mind to wear such a helmet, but here you directly interfere with the car traffic as a cyclist. And I have heard from a lot of people who crashed with their bike. But luckily, no fatal injuries so far.