In regards to my last post: there are some things I do like about summer. Like being able to walk “off road” in the forest without drowning in snow, hearing birds sing, and off course getting a few weeks of vacation. It’s not all bad. πŸ˜‰

My favourite part about the (north) Swedish summer though is the light.

I’m not above the Arctic circle (it’s about 200km north of me actually) so we don’t have proper midnight sun where I live, but it’s pretty close. The sun sinks below the horizon and the sky changes from blue to purple and pink, and then… the sun starts rising again. It never gets dark, and it’s actually pretty amazing. πŸ™‚
I have a step-cousin who lives in a city well above the Arctic circle, and this time of year I almost wish I lived there too just to have real midnight sun.

Here are some photos I took last night, around half past midnight:

Imaginary Karin - bright summer night

Imaginary Karin - bright summer night

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Tonight is the summer solstice and on Friday Sweden celebrates Midsummer’s Eve, the most important national holiday after Christmas.
Thing is, when you live in the northern end of the world summer is treasured like nothing else. Most of the year is a black hole of darkness and cold and we only have a few short months (or weeks some years) of sunshine and warmth – so when summer finally arrives everyone goes stark, raving mad.

From birth it’s been drilled into our heads that summer is SHORT and you should CHERISH every second of it! I never see as many stressed out people as during the summer. Like those mayflies who only live for 24 hours and have to find a mate and breed before sun sets or else they’ll die without having fulfilled their life’s purpose. People get like that in the summer here…

More ice creams at the beach! More soccer games with friends! Of course we can’t stay at home tonight – what if this is the last sunny day? We must go outside! We have to take advantage of this! We must arrange a barbecue party with the neighbours or something!

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So I’ve been shopping on Etsy again, this time for a new case/cover for my phone. I decided I wanted something bag-like, i.e. something that wraps around it rather than just a shell for the back, since I tend to have all sorts of sharp and none-phone-friendly stuff (keys, pens, food) in my pockets and bags.

I couldn’t find anything I wanted in the regular stores so naturally I turned to Etsy. Etsy is perfect for these types of thing, and I found lots of really cute cases! Like this one with cute owls and this one with elephants and a turquoise pattern, but my choice fell upon this:

Phone cover

Phone cover

Phone cover

It’s made from linen with a little pocket with a white crown print on red. I must admit, since I’m a bit of an Anglophile, the little British flag on the back helped in the decision-making. πŸ˜‰
(I think I need to make a separate blog post just about my strange love for all things British.)

The shop I bought it from is Modern &

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Me and Markus have hit the half-a-decade mark – on June 6th we had been together for 5 years!

Of course neither of us remembered and it wasn’t until I randomly noticed a post on my Facebook profile that said I had been in a relationship since June 6th 2007. Heh…
It can’t be a good sign if you need Facebook to remind you of your anniversary XD

Or it might be a great sign – we’re having so much fun we forgot to keep track of time. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, we figured this was an excellent excuse to go out and have a dinner date. We went to a slightly fancier local restaurant and found ourselves ordering a 3 course dinner:

Imaginary Karin - 5 years anniversary 2012

The starter: shrimps and grilled white asparagus, with fresh cheese with ramson.
Was nice, but the white asparagus wasn’t nearly as good as the one I had in Munich.

Imaginary Karin - 5 years anniversary 2012

Main course: Salmon fillet with a cheese and potato terrine, and Hollandaise sauce with trout roe.
This one was absolutely amazing! I will dream about that salmon tonight!

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Zaphod isn’t picky, he’ll eat just about anything. Sausages and ham of course, but also salad, tomatoes and cucumber, popcorn, cat poo ( :glare: ), oranges and bananas… Anything really.

Except sugar for some reason. He refuse all types of human candy. I once forgot and left him alone with a bar of chocolate (I assume you all know cocoa is toxic to dogs) but when I got back, all worried that he might have eaten it, he hadn’t even touched it.

No wonder he’s so skinny… πŸ˜›

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