Those crazy Danes - Winter Bathing

Woke up to dark skies this Stor Bededag (Danish Big Prayer Day, it's explained in Wednesday's post, Big Prayer Time). The skies opened on the dot at 9am when I met V and H in the park for a short (3k) NEWO interval run. When we finished running (and stood there, literally, dripping wet) we polished our little halos with gusto...'Go Us' for getting up and exercising in this dreich weather when the rest of our families were cosy at home and still in bed! ;)

DH and I took the kids down to the beach for a quick walk before lunch (before the rain started...again) and DH did his Dad 'thing' and taught DS10 and DD8 how to throw stones into the sea...




Now I don't know if you can see this properly but, if you look at the middle of the bathing jetty in the next photo, there's a tiny figure in blue.




That would be a lady in a blue dressing gown/housecoat. About to peel it off (wearing nothing underneath, brrr!) and take a quick dip into Øresund (The Sound).

Completely nuts. And yet, the sight of people arriving by bike or on foot in a bathrobe, ready to spring into the c-cold water, is completely normal around these parts... Those crazy Danes call it vinter badning (winter bathing) but afficionados do it all year long. Come rain, come shine, come ice on the sea which they have to break! Tee hee, and here was little old me thinking I had been such a health freak this morning ;)

Hope you have a fabulous Friday with lots of exercise. Just add water! :)

3 comments:

Bento Box / Asfora said...

brrrrrr I cannot think of anything worse!!! Mind you, it would certainly wake you up!

emma said...

Hi Di

Yes I could see the 'mad' women ready to take a dip, what was she thinking-lol!! Prob does make you feel great, but think I'll stick to my warm cup of tea to wake me up n the morning, yes I'm a wimp!!

DIANE, DENMARK said...

Morning Asfora and Em!

The strange thing is, after 10 years of living here, I'm tempted to try it...will keep you posted! ;)