Now it is time for us here on the American east coast to kiss the cool, and lovely, June weather good-bye!
Today, another heat wave rolls in and we will be sweating like crazy again.
It will be hot, sultry and super humid.
Karolina is leaving for the beach early this morning.
She’s going to Virginia Beach with three friends (and one set of parents). The girls are celebrating another Sweet 16.
Perfect for them all to be at the beach now.
Sure, I am a bit jealous.
I have a lot of things to do before it is time to hop on that SAS-plane on Sunday!
As you all know both Karolina and I are very eager to take off for Scandinavia.
However, we will miss one of the biggest holidays of the year in Sweden, the mighty Midsummer celebration on Friday. I say that Midsummer is the second biggest holiday after Christmas in Sweden!
IT IS HUGE!!
What do you do on said Midsummer?
You dance around the maypole, and after that (or before that) you often have a pickled herring lunch consisting of herring, potatoes, sour cream, hard bread (knäckebröd), cheese and butter. And, schnapps!
Later on at night, almost everybody has a the grill going. You will be eating a good meal, for sure.
Strawberries are also a must on midsummer, without Swedish strawberries there will be no midsummer (or so a lot of people think. I think that statement is VERY exaggerated).
The night is light, and a lot of people party until the sun rises on the Midsummer Day (Saturday).
I am not too crazy about Midsummer (it does not matter that I am not in Sweden on Friday), but it is my DAD’s favorite holiday of the entire year.
He loves it, he claims the Midsummer night is pure magic. That night you can see the elves and the fairies that are among us (the ones you don't see otherwise, you know). They come out and play that night.
My dad will celebrate at the PERFECT place on Friday, at our summer house.
My sister, Håkan and my brother Gunnar and his wife Kinn, will be celebrating Midsummer in Småland (at Håkans BEAUTIFUL place). One year Peter, Karolina and I celebrated Midsummer in Småland. It was plain lovely. It was lovely even though the rain was falling all day long. However, it was magic in the air regardless.
NOW, I am NOT a fan of Midsummer. BUT, if I were to celebrate it I would have loved to be in Närpes, or in Småland. The maypole and the partying I could not care less about, but the company and the magic I WILL miss!! ALSO, Midsummer in Stockholm is a PLAIN pain.
YOU have GOT to celebrate it in the country side. I do not want big crowds on that day, just a little group is fine, no rowdiness. JUST the magic...