Posted by: ilanasmith | December 22, 2007

It’s All Lighter From Here

Winter Solstice happened at 1:08am this morning.  Today is, by two whole seconds, the shortest day of the year.  Sunrise was at 8:38am, sunset at 3:38pm.  Seven whole hours of day.

Six months from now, we’ll be having 17 hours of day.  Now that I’ve lived through almost an entire cycle of this, I’ve decided that 17 hours is superfluous to necessity.  Long summer days are pleasant, but it’s nice to have night at some point, if only so you don’t feel like a five year old going to bed before dark.  And these winter days?  Getting up in the dark is bad enough, but late lunch in the dark is so not cool.

To quote one of my favourite expat-in-Denmark blogs: This country needs to seriously rethink its latitude.


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