While the Cold Winter Waiting

The leaves are beginning to fall in Stockholm. And first signs of autumn are coming into force as the equinox approaches. I love this time of year. The air turns crisp, the leaves descend to the earth, and the clouds begin to hover lower in the sky. I miss the pumpkin patches and the apple orchards of the northern states; it is a part of me that makes me nostalgic every year. The smell of the air reminds me of a romantic, innocent yet changing time of the year.

As I continue my journey in Sweden, I am reminded of what I gave up to be here and what I see as part of my new home now. I miss my friends and my home environment daily and go through the ‘am i still here’ phase when walking around the city. I still feel I am neither here nor there and the autumn weather is increasing that feeling in me.

So here it is now, waiting for the winter, enjoying the air.

Trentemøller – While the cold winter waiting from Pablo Bruna on Vimeo.

2 days of film (1 hour first day at snow, 3 hrs at lake), first day i just could do 20 minutes of tape due bad weather conditions, and the second day i did 25 more minutes of tape at the lake.
was fun, but not quite done what i would wanted, anyway it is ok.

Made with sony V1U and music by the lovely Trentemøller.

Places: Embalse del yeso, Laguna Aculeo, Santiago, Chile.

Goodbye a Long December…

Know the song? “A long December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last / And its one more day up in the canyons and its one more night in Hollywood /
If you think you might come to California…I think you should”

I love December, it’s long, dark, cold and yet it is the most enchanting month of the year. The Christmas lights, first snowfalls, sand on the streets, hot chocolate, warm duvets, and the increasingly short days makes me love the month more than any other. Maybe because I was born near to the Winter Solstice I am the winter child in all its glory and despair.

And tomorrow we say goodbye to December and 2007. What a beautiful month it has been. Here’s to seeing a lovely December close and a great 2008 arrive for everyone.

What we do in Sweden during the winter

The very kind gentleman I was staying with explained what the Swedes do doing the winter. I thought, that I and everyone else on Earth already knew of Swedish winter pastimes. Dead wrong we were.

What do the Swedes “do” in the winter season to pass time? Invent things. Yes, build stuff. What do they build? Who knows… an upgraded cheese slicer? spiffier bikes?

As he explained some of the little widgets and such he and his friends built to pass time, I couldn’t help but smile. Seriously, smile. He was explaining everything in a cute, innocent manner though all I could think of, “You build things? Sure you are not hiding the truth? You sure that not after building something, you get tanked at the bar and…?”

Or maybe, “building things” is an analogy to what the rest of us believe the Swedes do during the winter.

Maybe I should stay there during the winter and see what these Swedes are really up to…