I took a quick walk over to the mall yesterday, to pick up some wine and get out into the sunny afternoon.  My other reason for walking was to see the state of the ice rink in the park across the street from our house.

Serendipitously, the guys from the IP (which stands for Idrotts Plats or sports place) were there too, with hoses in hand, flooding the rink!


At -6 deg C, that water probably became ice pretty fast.  And the best news?  I asked one of the guys about other bigger rinks, and he told me (in flawless English) that the Ostermalms IP where we went to see some speedskating races recently is also open to the public.  For free.  From 8 am to 11 pm nearly every day, with lights.


On my walk today, I saw a makeshift Zamboni (the iconic green-and-yellow John Deere tractor with a silvery steaming box that must have been an ice-smoothing device, hitched to its back end), making the rounds to smooth out our little rink.

It’s -7 deg C at the moment, but is going up to +1 tomorrow!  Oi.  Better get out there to skate, I think.

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6 Responses to Ice!

  1. Lila says:

    Yes! Go skating! Sounds great. Does Matt like to skate?

  2. Jordi says:

    Our friend who is on sabbatical in Sweden somewhere broke his ankle badly skating. I thought that was the whole point of wearing the boots.

    • zurichsee says:

      Hmm. Anything else involved in the accident? Alcohol? Hockey sticks? Thin ice? 🙂 The boots we were wearing were pretty supportive. Not as restrictive as those white figureskating boots, but more like good hiking boots. People brake their ankles in those too, I suppose.

  3. Kim says:

    Yay! Free outdoor skating parks are one of the joys of northern countries!

    (and by the way…nothing wrong with combining alcohol and hockey sticks. Really. Play a match, go to the pub. Come back, play another match…I am sure the Swedes are just as keen on this technique as the Canadians.)

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