Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer in Stockholm

The combination of these crazy light-filled (but not always sunny and warm) days, World Cup madness with many late-night games, trying to cram in as much exploring as possible when I'm not in school (especially on the little cycle that could), and plotting our next step after our current sublet ends this fall means that I've been a bit negligent about keeping track of goings-on here, so please consider this picture-heavy post a massive catch-up:

Mosebacke Terassen in Södermalm |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Katarina Kyrka in Sodermlam  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com

Coming from a country that has a fairly hefty way of celebrating its national / independence day, it was a little odd to observe a rather subdued National Day here in Sweden earlier this month. Maybe its because the date is one where a few historic things all happened to occur upon, versus a date that marks a singular battle won? In any case, R was working and I was off from school so we met in the evening for a stroll around the northern part of Södermalm and a beer at Mosebacke Terassen where we enjoyed a crazy gorgeous view (unfortunately my piddly phone camera didn't do it justice, so please click here and here to see what we did).

Stålhästen on Strömbron  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Strömbron  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
NK on Hamnagatan, Stockholm  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com

I'm still going to and from school on my trusty Cleo (who has since been outfitted with a proper basket, see picture towards the end). I generally take the same route which carries me past the majestic buildings along the edges of Gamla Stan, Helgeandsholmen, Skeppsholmen and Kastelholmen, and then through the busy shopping street of Hamnagatan—where I have my most frenzied encounters with locals and tourists alike. The former who turn and yell at you (and/or flick your bike, the nerve!) if you accidentally edge into the crosswalk and the latter who meander willy nilly down the bike lane and apparently can't hear the pling pling of a bike bell.

View from Observatorielunden  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Saltmätargatan  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com

Some days this summer have been fantastically sunny and mesmerizing, while others are a bit gray and morose, yet thanks to the palette of Swedish buildings, even an overcast day is quite beautiful.

Summery dinner  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Dinner party  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com

No matter what the weather's been outside, though, we've been spending many an afternoon (into the evening) having grand meals with our closest friends at our home or theirs. Lately our get-togethers have been pre- and in-between World Cup match feasts. And, as our friends' sweet daughter has gotten more comfortable around us, our evenings have been punctuated with dance parties, playing dress up and sing-alongs with her (most recently to the always-fantastic and my most-favorite-ever production, The Lion King).

Stålhästen at Hellasgården in Nacka  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Hellasgården in Nacka  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com

This last weekend the summer solstice happened, which the Swedes celebrate with a little thing called Midsommar. The build-up, anticipation and actual celebration seem like a much huger deal than any other holiday and is the source of all those "crazy" things you hear about Swedish summers: doing a very funny frog-like dance around a maypole, drinking snaps and eating herring all night long, and just general flower-bedecked merriment. This year though, the weather was horrid: cold, windy, gray and rainy and knowing the temperament of Swedes (and their possession of clothes that befit any and all types of foul weather), I'm sure they carried on their yearly fun. Since our plans fell through for a number of reasons, though, I didn't experience that version of Midsommar, but I did start my own little tradition which included popping out during the few sunlit hours that there were to explore Hellasgården, a massive park, sauna and outdoor recreational spot on a lake not to far from where we live.

Knitted bag  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Sunday Pancakes  |  Summer in Stockholm on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com

And finally: thank goodness there's also been plenty of time for my little introverted heart to sit quietly at home alone to knit away a few hours (while practicing Swedish with YouTube) or to whip up some pancakes for the best kind of Sunday morning.

Yep, definitely still head-over-heels for this corner of the world.

One year ago: 
An Italian intermezzo &
Home linens &
Cavorting with the masses, or not (<--Midsommar in NYC!)

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    1. Thanks! Thank goodness for Mio. We had borrowed a car and went out to a K-Rauta to pick up the one I had my eye on, but despite their "online inventory" showing 5+ available, they were completely out! Across the street to Mio we went, where my husband found an even more perfect one :).

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  2. seems like you are having a wonderful Summer :)

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  3. Thanks! Thank goodness for Mio. We had borrowed a car and went out to a
    K-Rauta to pick up the one I had my eye on, but despite their "online
    inventory" showing 5+ available, they were completely out! Across the
    street to Mio we went, where my husband found an even more perfect one
    :).

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