June 22nd, 2001



ok.. I'm home from Scotland.. and are kinda getting back to life.

Having catched up with all emails (some 250 of them... Most of them from a Yahoo Group tho), having checked updates of sites etc..

Having started working again, only 8 days to do before I have my 5 week vacation.

Still has to try getting some sleep.. Next time I travel somewhere, I'm gonna make sure I don't do it that fast.

I'm working on a schedule, and before I went to Scotland, I worked. Evening, E, E, x, Morning, M, M, M, x, Night, N, N. After a cycle like that, I've got 6 days off, and I thought it was a good idea to actually do something then, like going visiting friends in Scotland. A good idea, and bad. The problem is, when you've worked that, it takes days to wake up again. Not that you sleep all the time. It's more of a Zombie-state.. You're awake, but not really.
Thursday. Only slept for about 5 hrs after having worked night. Ended the last shift on Friday morning, slept some, not much. Then were awake until 3 am, and woke up at 7 Saturday morning. Left home at 11.15 am, came to Aberdeen Airport some 10 hrs later.
Was a touch tired when I came there, and not exactly in my most spiritual mood. Well, gradually woke up, but it wasn't until about Monday afternoon I started waking up. Tuesday, woke up at 9 (UK time). I were gonna go back home Wed at 6 in the morning, which meant I should be in the airport at about 5 in the morning. Since it became kinda late Tuesday, instead of trying to get 3 hrs of sleep, we stayed up.. then.. another 10 hrs of traveling before I got home..
Guess if I felt sleepy.
Something I still have to catch up with.

Traveling, for some reason or another, is always tiring. If you go somewhere, you want to use that time you got, to see as much as you can, and if you visit someone, even if they tell you to be as if you were at home.. Nobody does that, do they??

As for Scotland. I really loved it. I'm longing back, at least. It was fun, interesting etc, but I'll have to see to it that I'm not as sleepy the next time.
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Midsummer Eve

It's Midsummer Eve, well Midsummer Eve morning.. lol

It's a big Holiday in Sweden, basically like Christmas, but other end of they Year..
Actually, we don't give each other presents, but except that, I don't think there's any major difference.
All of it having to do with us, up here, having the year in 2 halves. One dark and cold, the other bright and warm, which is reflected in our mood. Someone visiting Sweden once in the summer, and then in the winter, I doubt would think it's the same country. In the winter, we tend to be introvert, walking around bracing ourself from the cold, and having a severe lack of sunlight. Introvert. In the summer tho, because of the loooong winter, we become kinda extremely extrovert instead. It's warm, even if it's only 13¡ C here now (You have to convert it yourself, if you want) and it seems to gonna start rain any minute. Then, it's only dark for like 2-3 hrs in the middle of the night.

Basic Midsummer Eve celebrating. First they raise a leaf-decorated Midsummer pole, the kids dance around it and play games. There's eating. In the evening, the adults dance and get drunk.
Not that much different from how we celebrate Christmas.. (which we, here in Sweden, celebrate Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day, when we have a Christmas Tree, the kids dance and play around it, then we eat (much of it being the same food), but there's no adults dancing afterwards, I think, even if they have a drink or two and gets drunk.. lol

Mysteries of Life

On DVD's you've got all those Language features. Most of the time, it states what subtitles it got in English, tho..
You know: Subtitles: English, Polish, Czech, etc..
Why?? Shouldn't it have a subtitle-logo, and all the languages stated in their own language.. Why write French, when it should be Franais etc.
In Europe, since we have such a lot of languages, we have a lot of various subtitles. I think the most I've seen, has been about 20 on a DVD. (All stated in English, of course).
Now they do print up covers specific for the country it's sold in, most of the time, so if the text on the cover is in French, you can take for granted that it's subtitled in French (even if it probably reads: Sous-Titrage: Franais, Anglais, Espagnol etc (Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, in French)).

I've always been interested in other people's life

Especially if they're from some other country.

The best part of this little trip to Scotland, is that I visited friends, rather than went there for either shopping or seeing some house they built 500 yrs ago where someone known stayed for a night 400 years ago. I wonder, will they, in 200 years time have signs on houses saying: Madonna Slept here 25th of May 1997?

I guess this interest is a result of some unhappiness with where I am in life.. A longing away somewhere, not being here and now etc.

Ok, now I'm not that big on it. Still, it's kinda interesting to visit a supermarket in Scotland, ASDA, and watch what stuff they buy. That "Panodil" in UK is "Panodol", "Yes" = "Fairy", "GB Glace" = "Wall's".. etc etc.
Now, UK aren't exactly the other end of the world, and what you can buy is basically the same. Nothing that exotic. Still, it's interesting.
I went along with Av (the mother in the house) to the kids sports day in School. Well.. it ran a touch long.. 60 events... You'd seen enough in the first 10.. Still, it was kinda interesting, at least to me, to go along to something "everyday". To see the living, breathing people, rather than some dead guy on a painting, and hearing some guide explain how they lived 300 years ago.