I’m officially on summer break right now.

We get 4 weeks off work every summer, and right now I’m on my first week. The next 3 weeks will be spent visiting parents and just enjoying the freedom. (Especially the freedom of getting to stay up at night and sleep in the morning!)

I tend to hibernate in the summer and will probably not be blogging until work starts again, so if you want to know what I’m up to I suggest following me on Twitter or Instagram.

Have a nice summer!

Eat lots of ice cream and remember to wear sunscreen!

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This past Friday we celebrated Midsummer’s Eve here. In these modern times it’s mostly an excuse to eat good food, drink ridiculous amounts of alcohol, and shamelessly flirt (or more…) with everyone that comes near. It’s a holiday celebrating life, love, and the sweet return of summer.

According to old folklore though, the Midsummer night is a night of magic.

The sun is at it’s highest and the forests and fields are bursting with new life, the powers of nature are never as strong as they are now. There are many spells and rituals suitable to perform on that night, and a good many of them have to do with finding out who your true love will be.

Of course, most people don’t really believe in magic, but it’s still considered a cute tradition, especially among young girls.

 

The most common “spell” is the one about putting flowers under your pillow. I’ve heard many different versions, but this is the one I was told as a child:

  • Find a crossroads where 7 different kinds of flowers grow.
  • Pick one of each flower and bind them together with a ribbon.

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Sometimes you don’t have anything worthwhile to post, so instead you do a silly survey. This one was found at Utterly Bookish.

Part 1: Classic Princesses

Pinocchio — The boy whose nose grows when he lies.

Is there a book you lie about, because you feel ashamed for liking it?

Sometimes I’m a bit ashamed to admit I really like shallow chick lit á la Jane Green and Sophie Kinsella. Which is actually pretty stupid. People shouldn’t be ashamed of what they like. Not everything has to be of Nobel price standard, humans need simple and effortless entertainment too.

Beauty and the Beast — The girl who fell in love with personality.

Which book do you love that has a hideous cover?

My Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy collection. It looks so cheap, and old. Looking at it, nobody could guess it contains 900 pages of pure gold.

Liftarens Guide till Galaxen

Snow White — Hunted down for her beauty.

Do you ever buy a book based on the cover alone and if so, what is the last one?

Of course the eyes wanders first to the nice looking books when walking through libraries and stores.

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After I got my little Smaug tattoo, I knew it wouldn’t take long for Markus to get some ink too.

“You can’t be the only cool person in this relationship”, he declared, and made an appointment with a tattoo parlour in Piteå.

Piteå (pronounced like p-t-o) is a small town about 1 hour north of where I live. It’s mostly known for its pretty archipelago and beach resort, and for its many forest industries.

I lived there for a couple of years when I was around 20, and I still like the town very much. So when it was time for Markus to get tattooed, I tagged along. Partly for moral support, but also for getting a chance to visit my old home town and take some pictures.

Piteå - tiny viking ship

Piteå
Piteå - Stadshotellet
 

No self-respecting north Swedish town goes without viking references. I didn’t have anything to put beside it for comparison, but it’s very small, the dragon head is just below knee height.

The other photos are of the main shopping street and an old hotel.

Despite being a small town there is actually a pretty decent selection of shops and restaurants and such.

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Happy easter everyone! Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

This is one of the busiest weekends of the year here, not because people care much about celebrating easter, but since you get a few days off work and school EVERYONE goes on holiday. The stores are packed with shoppers, the mountain resorts are packed with vacationers, and the roads are packed with traffic.

Normally we’d go somewhere too, but I have a cold and don’t feel well, so we’re just staying home. Which feels really good actually. 4 days of just relaxing and sleeping in, how lovely doesn’t that sound?!

Easter 2014 - decoration

As is tradition, I’ve put up some decorated branches outside the front door. This year I got not only birch, but also some willow branches with catkins on them. I love catkins, they’re so cute and fluffy, like little botanic kittens.

In addition to the coloured feathers and wooden eggs, I also got a bunch of little witches to decorate with. Gotta love how easter gives me an excuse to go crazy with colours and cute decorations! Less is not more if you ask me –

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