midsummer love. ♥

this was my 5th midsummer celebration in sweden. i’m almost a pro. hehe. this year we celebrated at the camp where i took my youth last weekend – the church owns the camp & always plans a traditional midsummer celebration. the weather was great, there were tons of people there, lots of yummy fika, and lina & i invited a friend (who’s from germany but lives in sweden) to join us.

before heading out to the camp, the three of us had fika at our apartment (see the previous post): strawberries, whipped cream, & coffee. cozy & yummy.

 the entrance to the camp. the weather held up!

 tradition #1: picking wildflowers for a crown.

my love picking flowers.

my lovely little bouquet.

 tradition #2: dancing around the midsummer pole. ironically, our german friend is the only one with a crown on her head.

that’s me with the microphone. giving my inspiring (hopefully) talk. in swedish, of course. hehe.

 tradition #3: swedish folk dancing

 tradition #4: the obligatory hopping pic. or at least our attempt at it. (you know it’s a universal tradition).

it didn’t rain. it was pretty warm. and we headed home fairly early after all the festivities. but, since the sun doesn’t go down until after 11, the 3 of us thought it’s be cozy to stay up, chat, tell stories, & look at photo albums. sound alike a girly night, huh? well, we loved it.

today, the actual midsummer day (remember, here in sweden all the big celebrations are on the eve of the actual holiday) is a day for resting & doing nothing. i feel a bit like i can breathe some for a few days. i’ve made it through the youth camp, midsummer, & it’s 2 weeks before my next work camp. so now, i can focus on life at home. well, i’m still working too, but it’ll be kinda slow until the camp. then, after the camp, i’ve got 3 weeks vacation coming to me. can’t wait! perhaps i can also squeeze in a little more writing on my book between now & then. yeah.

happy saturday to you all out there. peace & flowers.

2 comments

  1. Midsommar – I always wanted to be part of it but haven’t yet, regretfully! I wonder how warm it gets in Sweden at the end of June? You guys still look all bundled up – haha!
    Seems like a nice day!

    • liz

      Well you must experience at some point! It is a cozy traditional time. The weather can be quite warm, but it generally rains on midsummer (just to spite us). June is a weird month. Actually, summer weather in Sweden is weird. It’s either a good one, or a bad one. It can be 20-25, but it can also be 10-15. You can’t count on anything here. This June has been one of the rainiest Junes ever so I hear. :( Midsummer was not cold, but one always needs a jacket if the sun is not shining. I miss NC summers!

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