Out to sea (Lidö Värdshus)
Ice was building up in the harbour, so as I used my oar to make a passage through it I realized that this would probably be the last trip before spring. My destination was the nearby island Lidö, or more specifically Lidö Värdshus, the inn/restaurant/pub. I’ve spent many summer nights here over the last ten years or so and it is always with fond memories I return. The laughter and live music heard even from the mainland during summer had now been replaced by a serene silence.
As I made my way through the deep snow up towards the inn I came to think of how much the sea and the archipelago means to me, and how much it has shaped me over the years. To go out alone in a tiny boat when the water temperature is somewhere around 5 degrees Celsius might seem like madness to most people, to me it’s a necessity. The smell of sea air, the wind in my face and the sound of waves gently rocking my boat. To live.