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Sunday, June 14, 2009

a rainy June

I was watching the news the other day. This month of June, which has been disappointingly rainy and cold (seldom up to 10 degrees before lunchtime!), is the coldest June Sweden has had in 50 years. And we're supposed to be enjoying the summer in the sun!

Caught sight of a bird hiding under a tree in the rain. People stay indoors.

Swedes, though they complain – there's always something to complain about the weather – don't seem all that surprised. Swedish summers mean unpredictable weather. Two weeks ago, it was 27 degrees and sunny on a cloudless sky. Folk took the chance and sunbathed in the parks, and the Swedes walked around town with their faces and bare shoulders gleaming in varying shades and of red. This week, it's back to raincoats and fleece jackets again; sunbathing is the last thing on anyone's list of things to do.

It's interesting to see the contrasts in the city life when the weather changes. Sights, sounds and smells are different. On a sunny day, the city center teems with people. There are heels everywhere, clacking on cobblestones. People are out to see and to be seen, as they walk in the streets or sit and dine al fresco. Skirts and beach shorts reveal bare skin (some men go topless, eager to show evidence that they spent the whole winter in the gym). The city is alive with chatter, laughter and street music – sometimes even reggae, the soundtrack of summer. Somewhere in the park, where people play beach volleyball, there would be a smell of a half a dozen charcoal grills.

But not today. On a rainy and cold day, this all disappears – or at least, are minimized. No al fresco diners, more robust shoes, no volleyball, no bare tops – instead, people are all covered up in dark rain jackets and desperately try to hide their heads under buckling umbrellas. Most people disappear indoors, and outside it's the smell of wet grass that permeates the air. Not great weather for anything else than staying in with a good book (or, alternatively, shopping, if you can take yourself to the shopping mall without your clothes getting all soggy). Actually, I do think it's nice sometimes with a bit of light rain and the cold moist air, even though I wouldn't really mind if it would start being sunny again. For one thing, last Wednesday's grill party had to be done under under a roof (and not on a patch of grass) since it started to rain. For another thing, Marcus had fixed the balcony in anticipation for "balcony days" which haven't yet come.


Please, let July be sunny!

4 Comments:

Blogger Leplume said...

For the first time in a while we had sun and warmth here and I was outside taking it in when Alexander called from Stockholm. He was running to catch a bus in the rain! Secretly, it was a nice reversal for me! LOL

5:48 AM

 
Blogger Ahoy! said...

A textbook example of schadenfreude! :-)

1:58 PM

 
Blogger karmi said...

I hope so for your sake. I always get disappointed when summer doesn't turn out to be as warm and sunny as I had hoped while shivering through the cold winter months.

11:55 PM

 
Blogger meowok said...

Oh no! The poor wooden flooring...soaked.

7:36 AM

 

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