It is a struggle to stay awake.
I am in a constant state of drowsy powsy. My eyelids hang, heavily, suspended by sheer will power and forced concentration.
It is like a permanent early morning. This is not good. I am grumpiest in the early morning.
It is autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere, a dark time.
The summer solstice in June delivers 20 hours of daylight in Oslo. We are now heading for the winter solstice in December which delivers 6.
The 6 or so hours of light are obfuscated by the grayness of the autumn sky.
We are fortunate. The poor buggers in Tromsø are now in a total darkness known as mørketid, polar night, or dark time literally translated. They will not see the sun until the middle of January.
For a sun worshipper like me, it is a huge struggle.
I was in the habit of popping to the loo for a quick afternoon nap at the office. I don’t bother now. I simply clear my desk, make a pillow with my scarf and get horizontal.
No one bothers with me, I am too grumpy.
Thank goodness Christmas is coming. Xmas in Norway is magical. It is like being in Whoville but without the Grinch.
The run up to xmas is filled by many dinners and revelry with colleagues and friends in preparation for the big family holiday. The ambiance of the town centre, the pagan symbolism, and the good nature of my fellow Norwegians lights my soul.
We spend our xmas in the mountains, and the ski conditions look to be good this year! I am moist with anticipation.
A special time to look forward to, and help get me through this dark period.
Following xmas, it is a short run to March and the spring equinox which delivers and equal 12 hours of sunlight and darkness.
My tan will be back by Easter. Thank the sun gods for that.