What can we learn from the Laponian Lifestyle?

Winter is one of the best time to head to Laponia because it means that you will wander in winter wonderland. It’s time to contemplate the snowy trees along the frozen lake. While walking in the forest or mountains you may not meet so many people but when you do, you can learn a lot about their way of life!


A prevailing aspect of their life is the closeness to nature. They live surrounded by endless forests and wide range of mountains and take advantage of it. Wilderness is the place they resource in, have fun or work. In fact they can go for a walk where they enjoy the calm, the beauty of the landscape and sometimes they may observe animals appearing behind a tree or a leaf. The more sporty appreciate nature through skiing, hiking, ice climbing or even dogsledding. They don’t undergo their environment but rather delight in. One thing they really like is the feeling of adventure they can have. For them, it’s fun to challenge your body and even bypass fears you may have. It’s exciting and it makes you feel alive!


They are also living simply in the sense that the natural realities come first. It’s about being warm and not about being good looking. They are better not worry about superficiality, that actually makes life easier sometimes. A big and old fashion puffa jacket is perfect. Besides they live simply because they go for the natural instead of the artificial which means that they don’t have to make something up or get it from somewhere. They appreciate what they have around them. And this year the northern lights replaced the firework on New Year’s eve!

Wild Warm Heart

I also found interesting the fact that in spite of the cold and rough environment they are warm and welcoming over there.  Well, it does warm you up to be close to people! But anyway I don’t think that’s the main reason. I talked about it with a Swedish girl. She told me that they have their space and are not surrounded by a crowd all the time. So according to her, they are more likely to smile and say hello when they encounter someone rather then ignoring them.

How to love the cold and dark winter?

Of course they face some difficulties. It’s cold, isolated or dark most of the day but still they find a way to enjoy life up there. Here are some of their simple and lovely tricks:

  •  warm and cosy lights such as candles and garland which definitely create a place you want to linger in.
  •  go for burgundy tinted chalets which contrast with the white and soft colours all around
  • warm up in the sauna (it’s more common in the north of Sweden, Finland and Norway to have a sauna next to the bathroom, convenient and really pleasant!)
  • far from everything, enjoy the calm or make as much noise as you want it won’t be a big deal

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Fascinating Autumn

I haven’t really noticed being in autumn last year as I was living close to the centre. I’m now in a pretty green area with several parks around and trees along the road. So I can observe the change of season and I’m finally amazed by the paradoxal autumn. It’s a cold season revealing warm colours.

During its months, the pavement becomes a bed of purple leaves and when the wind is blowing they swirl all around. It’s raining leaves slowly falling down on our feet, covering up the gloomy concrete. I enjoy going out just to hear the leaves crakling  and see them flying away. It can be really pleasant to contemplate nature.

It is a pleasure, a delight and a fascination.

We tend to think that we are above nature but if we have a look at other cultures such as the Native American culture we have an example of a different relationship with nature. They remind us that we live within and as a part of it. We are born from it, after all. And just like us, nature is life. It can give us a lot and that’s why we use it. But we could find a deeper enjoyment in our relationship with nature. “You say that I use the land, and I reply, yes, it is true; but it is not the first truth. The first truth is that I love the land; I see that it is beautiful; I delight in it; I am alive in it” once said N. Scott Momaday, a Native American writer.

A simple walk in a park is source of happiness…


Autumnal walk in South London © 2016 Eva Bonneville
Autumnal walk in South London © 2016 Eva Bonneville
Autumnal walk in South London © 2016 Eva Bonneville

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

Hi! That’s my last quote for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge. I thanks despeinadaporloslibros who made me discover this blogger challenge. The quote I share today is about simplicity and acceptation. Hope it will inspire you.


”There’s no magic bullet; there’s no pill that you take that makes everything great and makes you happy all the time. I’m letting go of those expectations, and that’s opening me up to moments of transcendent bliss.”

Anne Hathaway (a contemporary actress and singer)

3 Days, 3 Quotes rules:

  • Post a quote a day for 3 days.
  • Nominate 3 bloggers everyday.
  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.


I’d like to nominate: