Monday, July 28, 2014

Apparently I jinxed myself

Once upon a time R said I chose well by voting Stockholm over Sicily when we were debating where in Europe to move. One of my biggest pros for Stockholm was that summers here were sunny and warm, yet breezy and fresh, nothing like the cauldron of Taormina (or Virginia or New York)—meaning I could survive one.

It seems I spoke too soon.

A heatwave has descended upon Stockholm, so it's entirely too hot to ride my bike the 30 minutes each way between school and home at 12:30PM and 4:30PM...which consequently means I have to take public transit there and back.

And Stockholm's public transit isn't air conditioned (and the windows on the bus do not open in a way that provides any circulation). This was never a problem before, naturally, and I always marveled at how pleasant the rides were, compared to NYC's frigid trains (and hellishly hot subway platforms).

But this last week (and the one to come)? Well, they've been a bit...sticky. 32C / 90F at 10AM will do that to you. It's become the norm to take 2 or more showers a day and actively seek out the seats on buses and subways that are completely sun-less.

If I only I feared being warily looked at by other adults a little less—I'd spend every afternoon running around under the fountains' jet spray right alongside those thoroughly-refreshed looking children.

One year ago: I think it's time to stop knitting napkins

6 comments :

  1. this sounds like Dallas :( i hope the weather cools down a little bit for you guys.

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    1. The thought of summer in Texas makes me feel faint! ;)
      Hope you're staying cool!

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  2. Oh hon, just think about it, the rest of the year will be COLD! :)

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    1. Ha, true, but just as you love bad weather, I love COLD weather (and candlelight and knitting and tea and cardamom and brisk walks in the snow, wheeee! :) )

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  3. Summers in Stockholm are sunny and warm? Well, that's the last two years. Before that we had many very bad summers, and we don't even know if there'll be summer every year. It could just as well be 12 degrees and rain all the summer.

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    1. Good point, I'd rather have this, a completely proper (although intense) summer than no summer at all! Nicely divided seasons are key! :)

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