We last heard from Carola a year ago, when she stood on a glass coffee table, only to have it break under her. But things have got even more dramatic for the “Fångad av en stormvind” singer. Due to the heavy snow currently blanketing Stockholm, Carola was forced to use the subway — something she hadn’t done in 34 years.
Ever the busy modern woman, Carola had been travelling from a rehearsal of her Christmas show, heading into central Stockholm for the launch of her Christmas cookbook En godare jul (A tastier Christmas).
The traffic had slowed due to the heavy snow, making Carola late for the launch, so she got out and headed for the nearest train station. Expressen reports that Carola was forced to leave behind her makeup bag and candelabra. (Of course Carola travels with a candelabra.)
Carola told the paper that this was the first time she’d taken the subway in 34 years. So by our calculations, Carola would have been 16 years old when she last rode the tunnelbana, just months away from making her Melodifestivalen debut and going to on to represent Sweden at Eurovision 1983 with “Främling”. While her Melfest success launched her music career, it also signalled the end of Carola’s relationship with the subway.
At Globen station — which anyone who attended Eurovision 2016 will be more than familiar with — Carola attempted to make her way to the platform. Her lack of experience with public transport meant that she wasn’t entirely sure what to do, but a fellow passenger happily swiped her through. Carola made it to the platform and was recognised by another passenger and even sang a line from “Främling”.
Eventually the train came. Expressen reports that Carola safely made it to Centralen station, where she was met by her publisher.
Carola made the most of her dramatic detour by filming the experience and sharing it on her Facebook page.
Stockholm was covered with 30cm of snow, the highest amount of November snowfall in 111 years.