One of the most fun aspects of being home was being able to watch the Swedish song contest, Melodifestivalen. That song contest is huge in Sweden every spring, so popular.
This year I was actually able to watch it. The song that wins the contest goes on to the ESC, The European Song Contest.
In Sweden there are at least four song contests leading up to the big finale. Different towns in Sweden take turn to host.
Like every other Swedish person, my family is in to the contest as well. AND now I had my chance to listen, to see and to judge it myself.
I had my true favorites, like Alcazar, Molly and the winner; Malena Ernman with La Voix. SUCH a great song. Malena is now going on to the big European finale in Moscow in May.
The Swedish people were voting thru phone calls and thru text messages.
Malena Ernman, world famous Swedish opera singer sings a disco/opera song.
During the grande finale Saturday night, my last night in Sweden for this trip, I kept in touch with family and friends watching thru text messages (Yes, the Swedes are in to texting a lot, young and old alike).
I was watching at home with my parents.
My brother Gunnar in Umeå hated the winning song and he texted that he would throw out his TV in the snow. I don’t think he was following thru…
I really liked Alcazar as well...
Further I was texting a friend, my other brother and my relative during the show. Fun, fun!!!
Molly Sanden sang this beautiful song in Swedish...She got last place. I, however, love this song.
But now I am back in DC again. As I wrote in my Swedish post yesterday I have two homes. I have one home in Stockholm and the other one here in Reston.
My trip home was so good despite the illness of my relative. It was so special being there “off-season”, more real, more everyday life with snow and cloudy days. I loved it! I really did! The summers and Christmases tend to be so busy. It is truly nice to “jump in on people” as they live their day-to-day life.
Furthermore, I am not experiencing that “no-man-land” feeling as I always go thru after my long summers in Scandinavia. I have only been away for two weeks, and I am going back to Scandinavia in June again. No need to feel melancholic, no need to feel like I am in vacuum. What a relief. It is business as usual and not even the jetlag can get me.
This is the way it should be: a very good trip followed by a great arrival back home again.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
My mom's favorite song, and I like it too. I like Caroline af Ugglas a lot, cool artist.