Nothing about nothingness, and a forest fire

August 11, 2014

I’ve discussed a lot with Carlos on the topic of writing about stuff when there’s nothing to write about, which sadly is usually the thing with my weekly updates. So I tried, god knows I’ve tried, not to writing anything about last week, because frankly, there weren’t much to talk about. But seeing as I’ve written a blog post every week for two years, I just couldn’t let it go, couldn’t ignore it.

Here’s another post about nothing.

The only remotely interesting thing that happened last week was the forest fire in Västmanland here in Sweden — at this point I expect you to think “Västmanland, where the hell is that, and what does that have to do with you seeing as you live in Stockholm?” and I’ll gladly answer both of those questions.

Västmanland is a district located an hour or two from Stockholm, there’s been a large forest fire there, at most, an area of 15,000 hectares was on fire, and they’ve had a hard time controlling it.

And how does this relate to me? Well the other night, we had a large thunderstorm over Stockholm, I woke up in the middle of the night, the rain roaring down and the thunder booming with intense flashes of light. I did what any normal person would do, I turned myself over in the bed, back facing the window and fell asleep again.

Just as I had entered the calmness of sleep, Paulina woke me, “It smells like something’s on fire”, I couldn’t sense any smell, so I went over to her side of the bed, and sure enough, the smell of burnt wood. I quickly got out of the bed and went out on the balcony, the smoke smell was pretty intense, and the rain was coming down hard. I looked around the neighbourhood but couldn’t locate the source of the fire from where I was standing, so I ran over to the other side of the apartment, scanning through the windows — blank, nothing.

At this point I thought to myself it could be the fire in Västmanland, so I took my phone, checked the direction of the wind, it told me that we had southern winds, and Västmanland is north of Stockholm, but this wouldn’t be the first time the weather app was lying. At the same time as I was checking the wind, Paulina also noted that the source could be the forest fire.

At this point, seeing as I couldn’t see any fire, I decided to go back to sleep, even though the smell of fire was still in the air.

When I woke up a few hours later, I checked the news, and indeed, the source was Västmanland.

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Kristiansen, Nina (2014-08-08). ”Västmanland forestfires” (gif). Kjeller: Norsk institutt for luftforskning (NILU).

Until next week.

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