Ok, I’m back. It was a close call, but I made it through.
In the future when I look back on the summer of 2014 I will remember 2 things: the sun and the water.

The sun

Up here we had the warmest summer in basically forever, with temperatures of around 30°C every single day. In north Sweden that is scorching hot. Any winds or clouds that might sweep past didn’t do anything to soften the heat.
There were reports of “tropical nights”, nights when the temperature never drops below 20°C.

It didn’t rain for weeks. Our lawn was all brown and crispy and didn’t grow at all, but on the other hand our strawberries were unusually sweet.

Needless to say, I almost perished. :sick: And almost killed every cheerful bastard raving about what a wonderful weather it was!

Fucking summer… thank god it’s short lived up here.
It’s been cold and rainy this whole week, and nobody is happier than me! 😉

The water

The mere idea of laying in the sun on a beach makes me panic, but I love swimming,

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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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