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happy may day.

1 May 2012

today is a holiday in sweden. yep. a random tuesday. well, not so random. it’s the first day of may. MAY DAY! and over here, that means a day off to celebrate the beginning of spring (after a night filled with bonfires and bbq’s). it means other things too, like protests, etc., but i’m not gonna go into that. for most people around here, it’s a day to relax and get into the spring/summer spirit. for me, it has been a very calm, lazy day off spent soaking up the gorgeous swedish weather. fiiiiiiiinally. we’ve had a few days in a row of spectacular blue skies & warm sunshine & it feels like spring is here to stay. i won’t mention the fact that there is snow & rain in the weather forecast for the weekend…

here are some pics from the valborg (coming of spring) celebration last night. we met at a camp/retreat site about 20 minutes outside of the city. oh yeah. out in the country. so, yes, i had a little nature fix, which means that i had a chance to breathe really deep. dirt, birds, trees, mud, bugs, leaves. perfect.

 ahhhh…

 bbq time!

 game time! ok. i admit it. i do not like games. i always feel so stupid. i love to watch games, though. we were divided into 2 big groups in order to fairly pick out 2 people at a time to go against each other in a challenge. i kept slinking back behind as many people as possible in my group, trying to hide and disappear. please, don’t call my name, i repeated to myself. alas, my name was called at one point. curses. all i was trying to do was take a picture, then i heard, “Liz! come and make an airplane with a piece of paper, and then throw it as far as you can.” no problem, right? easy. the only problem was i could not remember how i used to make paper airplanes. the silly, sad thing that i made flew out and then directly back to me. hehe. see what i mean. me. stupid. well, at least i gave some others a laugh. ok. i laughed too. it wasn’t that bad.

bonfire time. some of the kids got to light it. they were so excited.

tradition says that as the fire burns, someone gives a spring speech. so, here is a beloved member of the church sharing with us his thoughts on spring & the new life it brings to the world. we also sang traditional swedish spring songs. gotta love the traditions.

 nature. bbq. bonfire fire. songs. good people. =  great night. welcome, spring!

today lina & i opened up the windows, turned on some good music (reminds me. i wanna do a music post really soon!), and did some rearranging in our living room. nothing fancy. moved out some old art & put up some new. took down the curtains to give us even more light. and, voila! the room looks completely different. it’s amazing how just a few subtle changes can make a big difference. now every time lina & i walk through the living room, we make sure to the the other just how cool it looks in there now. if you ever get really bored, just move a few things around in your home. tips from me! hehe.

this afternoon we had a friend come by for fika, and then we couldn’t take it amy longer… it was time to get outside! so, we headed off to the park down the street, spread out a blanket, lay down, & chatted for an hour or so. the city was buzzing with people out & about. it was like a little bit of heaven.

so, it’s been a great day, and i believe i’ve caught spring fever. i don’t wanna do anything except be outside all the live long day.

hope you’ve had a great tuesday! peace.

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  • Reply Natalie Alner 1 May 2012 at 23:17

    Here in the UK the first of May is not a holiday. Apparently capitalism and workforce protests don’t mix or something along those lines. Or maybe because all holidays are marked as bank holidays (i.e. banks are closed, that is, money rules the world not human beings). Ok I’ll stop being impertinent and flippant now. Just a normal working day here, but apparently next Monday is a bank holiday. Oh and the weather has been terrible, lots of rain and wind, but I love this kind of weather so I am not complaining. Glad you had a brilliant day. 🙂

    • Reply liz 1 May 2012 at 23:44

      I absolutely love rainy days. I need those cozy, dark days too. But, it’s just been so much lately. Soooo much. So, the sun is a welcome change. Sorry you had a regular day there. Hope it was a good one anyway! And I love to read your sarcastic, flippant thoughts. 😉

  • Reply Barb 1 May 2012 at 23:28

    Glad you had such great weather for Valborg! Tuck that memory into your head so you can retrieve it another year when you are standing in your winter coat next to the fire. Spring is a fickle thing!

    The sun broke through here after a few gloomy days, but the wind is strong enough to knock a person off their feet. I haven’t ventured out for an afternoon walk in the sunshine because of that.

    • Reply liz 1 May 2012 at 23:45

      Thanks, Barb. I’ll tuck it away!

  • Reply megalagom 2 May 2012 at 22:34

    Sounds like you had an awesome Valborg! It was a great holiday and the weather was soooo perfect for the occasion! Loved hearing about your airplane game! Sometimes its best when we laaugh at ourselves 🙂

    • Reply liz 5 May 2012 at 22:33

      It was wonderful! And yes, the weather was really great. Hope you had a great one too!

  • Reply Laura4NYC 4 May 2012 at 01:40

    Happy First of May! It’s a holiday in Germany, too, something like labor day, but unfortunately not over here! 🙁 However, I did discover that those Americans like to protest on Mayday, which, interesting enough, some Germans tend to do, as well! haha

    Hey, proud you still folded that paper together and threw the airplane! A bit more self-confidence, please!

    • Reply liz 5 May 2012 at 22:33

      Haha! Thanks! Ok, ok… I believe in myself! 🙂

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