It is getting hot. Not that we ever have bad weather. But now it is getting close to 30 degrees Celsius these days. That is around 82 in Fahrenheit. Too hot to be in the park. So the choice is, being close to the ocean, or hang out by the pool.
Most Swedish families are disappearing to Sweden for the summer so it is getting quiet. Others are moving back. We will stay put and just do some weekend trips around California. In July it will be 18 years since I left Sweden, who would have guessed I would never come back! And I say never because I think it has been too long and the chance that we would move to Sweden is sooo tiny. I spent some months in Sweden with work back in 2006/2007 and I realised how non-Swedish I have become. At work the "fika" (coffee) breakes annoyed the crap out of me and I
thought people were lazy leaving for the day at 5 pm. (Wait till you get
to Denmark, they leave at 4!). Thinking back of it now, Sweden really prioritizes family life, back then work was the only thing on my mind :)
Of course I feel super Swedish as long as I am not in Sweden , but in Sweden, I feel a little bit different. Sometimes I don't even understand people. Or I mispronounce words. Like Coop. New words pop up and I start wondering how long they have been about. Softa. Messa. Fett.
Now I feel like I am just "floating" inbetween nationalities, Gavin and I kind of pick the best parts of Sweden, England, Germany and US and mix them. So far it has worked out pretty well. Midsummer, Thanksgiving, Christmas, watching the Premier League, taking the shoes off indoors, keeping the blinds shut, sitting under a blanket on the sofa, talking to strangers, drinking sparkling water..Nice little mixture. All we need now is a Japanese toilet seat, i.e. heated one. What a great invention.
Last week I got asked what I miss about Germany. Of course I miss how exact and correct Germans are. Die Verbindlichkeit. Germans do what they say they will do. We miss die Kneipen. Having BBQs in the park. And the beer. Both drinking it and drinking it in the park. Haven't quite figured out how Americans socialize yet. It is not at the local around the corner, chatting over a pint of lager, that's for sure.
Now, weekend is here, time to enjoy!