July 11th, 2005


Chapter 1,302 - How I think about the seasons.. and feel like crawling into the fridge

f_l_i_r_t asked about the seasons in her journal, and this was my reply. Thought it became "good" enough to post here as well, since it describes my feelings about the seasons, and how life is in Sweden, to a degree.

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I'm starting my summer off today.. (We have 5 weeks paid vacation in Sweden, but most usually only use 4 of those in the summer). Technically speaking, I've not starting my vacation yet, since they don't close down the workplace until next week, but I had this week off anyway according to my schedule, which means I get 5 weeks off, without using more than 4 of the paid weeks (20 days).

Worked 12 hrs yesterday, then I and 3 more of those I work with, went to a restaurant and had a pizza (A really great Pizza) and a beer (Well.. actually I got 2 glasses and 1 bottle of "strong" beer). Sort of winding down and celebrating the vacation. Was nice.
Now, on Saturday, there's the official "Summer party" to celebrate the vacation.

Right now, I'm really suffering. It's WARM!! and I hate that. As I wrote above, when it's cold, you can protect yourself. Wearing clothes, or stay inside. Have a fire or something. When it's hot, it's way harder. How much you undress, it's still warm. Now it's 28-29 C/83 F, both outside in the shadow as well as inside here.. Yuck!! It started last week and essentially have stayed around 80 - 85 since then. About 40 - 45 C/105 - 115 F in the sun. Almost no wind. No idea about how warm it was down at work, but Saturday I sat still on a chair, waiting for a thing, and even if I sat entirely still, I could feel how sweat broke out and started to run down my face and body. :(

I think I'll make it to the store, need to buy stuff, and hang out by the fridges :-p

Got a haircut friday. Think I need to put some colour in it. Starting to get some grey/white hairs mixed in, which my regular colour create a sort of ugly, spreckled colour witch are just dull. Maybe should do as Steve Martin and, instead of waiting for more to change, help nature on the way and start bleaching it. The girl that cut my hair, had a really wonderful dark colour. Kinda hard to describe. It was very dark, but not black. More of a warm black, brownish black, which I liked a lot, rather than a shiny or bluish black. Didn't thought about it as much when I was there, but almost turned around and walked back to ask her what colour she was using, because I think it would be a colour that would suit me. (If you photograph, it's about the same dark as you get with Emaks papers (warm tone), rather than the neutral black with Ilford papers, or the cold black you get with Kodak papers :-p. I've always preferred Emaks papers, since they have a really rich and deep black, but still give a warm feeling to it)

Tomorrow I'll do a photo expedition in the region of Northern Uppland/Upland. Especially the "Vallonbruken"., which is very lovely and beautiful enviroments.

Especially insterested in "Leufsta" (Lövstabruk), which I've travelled through a lot of times, but never stopped in, which sort of was the capital of the region once upon a time. The church have one of the most beautiful organs in the world (it's said). Found a travel log of University of Alabama Huntsville Jazz Esemble, which show the organ and some of the enviroment. Gives a general idea of how those Vallonbruk looks like (They tend to look generally the same). I guess you'll see lots of pictures here, or really in luka91_photo, later :)