I #LoveMNWinter. Today, I love hygge.
By Lucy Roberts
Hygge: A Danish concept most closely understood in my mind as coziness and warmth.
I recently learned this term in a City Lab article authored by Melody Warnick (I strongly recommend giving it a read). I felt instantly inspired to embrace the fact that Minneapolis has the harshest and coldest winters in the lower 48, and it doesn’t necessarily prevent us from living our coldest days to their full potential.
I just wanted to share a few of the things I have found in this city that give me the feeling of hygge during the coldest, darkest days.
- Grease Rag (duh)! More specifically, Grease rag open shops, skill shares & full moon rides. Shout out to you all who make those possible and enjoyable <3
- Cheap merino wool from Saver’s
- The sauna in the women’s locker room at the YWCA
- Passing someone on the greenway and giving the heads up because you are the only people you have seen for at least a mile
- Encouragement from fellow cyclists that we can, in fact, do that damn thing and ride year round
- The various coffee shops with fire places: shouts out to Dunn Bros near the north loop (conveniently located halfway between a work site of mine and my home)
- Free ice skating (and skate rental) throughout the city — good looking out, Lake of the Isles!
- Heated benches at the downtown public library
One evening during the very first significant snowstorm, I was biking home and must have looked ridiculous sliding around the bike lane on 26 and Bloomington all by myself. A woman in her mini-van rolled down the window to ask if I was interested in taking a ride from her. Part of me wishes I did, just so I could have gotten to know this person better. What a kind gesture! Even though it was snowy, icy and cold outside, I’ll never forget how warm I felt after that interaction.
Here’s to inspiring warmth and coziness in all the WTF friends we encounter out there.