Dark Days Ahead

It’s now 4:45pm here in Amsterdam and it’s DARK outside!  How did winter descend on us so quickly?  It’s also misty and cold and looks like a scary movie outside.  My current desk location gives me a view over the train station and city skyline.  I’d take a photo for you but all you would see is the reflection of the office in the windows.

I really suffer with SAD since moving here.  This is the farthest north I’ve ever lived and I am just not used to so much darkness during the winter.  I have to say though that this is the earliest in the year I’ve started feeling that dark hood falling over my head. 

As a result I started looking for SAD lamps to put in our living room.  I’m seriously going to give this a try and see if it helps.  Can’t hurt, and for 40 euros or so it’s worth the experiment.

Since we are so far north, the amount of daylight minutes we lose each day peaks at the end of September – beginning of October when we lose 4 minutes per day.  Those minutes add up quickly!  By the end of November we level off at 2 minutes per day lost.  By the 21st of December, the shortest day of the year, we have only 7 hours 40 minutes of daylight, and I would actually argue that since it will most likely be cloudy, it feels like a lot less.  I always look forward to the 22nd when we start gaining a few seconds per day again.  

Since this is my third (yes, THIRD) blog post this month, and the date is the 3rd of November, you can pretty much guess that I’m going to give my best effort to NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month.  OK, I don’t know which “Nation” is considered here, but I’ll go with the internet nation and call it good.  I hope I’m not biting off more than I can chew, but my calendar looks pretty relaxed this month, I have no long trips planned, so I should be fine.  I can always find SOMETHING to blog about!  Stay tuned…..

2 thoughts on “Dark Days Ahead

  1. louise November 4, 2008 / 00:49

    I’m taking part with NaBloPoMo for the first time this year. As a very lazy blogger I am wondering how I’ll fair..hmm. All suggestions for whimsical witterings greatly appreciated. Scotland too has very dark nights..I love it. Cosy nights with TV, knitting and my sleepy dog.

  2. doris November 4, 2008 / 12:48

    Here it’s dark by five now – which is hard because it’s so unusually warn right now. So I keep thinking, as soon as I’ve got the time, I can take my bike and get out – and then it’s dark (I live in the country, so when it’s dark it’s really dark). But I remember how cosy it used to be in Amsterdam (I once spent a year there – veery loong ago), although I wasn’t used to the dampness and humid air (here in Austria, when it’s cold, it’s really cold). Like you, thinking of the winter solstice (sp.?) helps. Time flies, you know… even when it’s dark. Kop op! 🙂

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