I cannot believe that summer is almost upon us. It is here again and that is quite amazing.
Well, I should not call the current weather amazing, because it is NOT.
Actually, I cannot recall that we’ve ever had this cold and rainy weather in May before.
It is kind of depressing, and I certainly hope it’ll turn around soon. I am more than ready for warm and balmy days. Ready!!! Please BRING it ON!!
The summer activities are starting to line up.
We are leaving for a week to my beloved Outer Banks (OBX) on Saturday. I am looking forward to that so much. I love the OBX, that strip of land in North Carolina has become a part of me.
Peter’s entire family will be going on this trip, but the house is big, and we all get along fine so it won’t be a problem.
I am looking forward to looong and demanding power walks on the beach, I am looking forward to biking around…OH and I am so looking forward to sitting outside and enjoying drinks on the deck on top of the sand dunes overlooking the ocean. That will be lovely.
Check out this video from the lovely Outer Banks in North Carolina.
When we get back from the beach we will have to plan Karolina’s birthday parties. Yes, she has two parties here in the states, and then she’ll also have a party in Finland to look forward to. The two parties here are for friends (we will throw a 12 year old bash at a laser tag place nearby), and then we’re hosting a party for the family on the US-side as well.
A Swedish Summer Party will take place as well. The party will be a mix between a Midsummer Party and a celebration of the Swedish National Day which takes place on June 6. Quite frankly, how do you celebrate Sweden’s National Day????
DO the Swedes in Sweden even know???
The National Day is new as a public holiday. Sure it has always been around, but it is only recently that it actually became a Swedish national holiday. What do we celebrate? Beats me. I don’t know…
When I was a kid, the sixth of June was a mix of the National Day, The Swedish Flag Day, and Stockholm Festival Day (Stockholm’s Festdag). But as I said; we did not have the day off.
So, SWEDES in SWEDEN!!! HOW do you celebrate the National Day???
And then on June 24, Karolina and I are taking off for almost 8 weeks in Scandinavia. Peter will join us in Finland for two weeks at the end of July.
Yes, plans are being made for me while in Sweden. People to see, places to go…and just being there. I like “the just being there” most of all. The part where I am just looking out over my beloved Stockholm while drinking a latte, or a glass of wine together with my sister, or good friends.
Oh to enjoy the white nights in one of the worlds most perfect and most beautiful cities.
GOSH, you guys, I am ready to bolt out.
Take a look at this video featuring my beloved Stockholm.
On Sunday, The Washington Post had a huge article in the Travel section from Dalarö in the archipelago of Stockholm. The article was so beautifully written that it almost put tears in my eyes. The author is so clearly in love with Sweden that is was palatable. It was a wonderful read for a Stockholm chick as myself.
Oh, and then…then…then it is time to set sail east…to the most beloved place on earth for me.
Yes, to Närpes in Ostrobothnia in the Swedish speaking parts of Finland. But, no, let’s not get into that right now. That I will tell you MORE about in another Tuesday post in the near future…
I wish I could say that it is sunny today, but guess what! IT IS RAINING! It is pouring. I am so sick of this weather, sick!
Have a wonderful Tuesday, all my dear readers!!!