Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Abbreviated Summer (even in Sweden)





It’s August (and, yes, a now-annual re-formatting exercise. Isn't it better than the dark background and light lettering - kinda like the move from MySpace to Facebook, don't you think?).

Anyone who has a job that relates to University students knows that August means “Your summer is over. Ready or not, here they come!” Though I live and work in Sweden, a place known for an endless summer holiday, my summer is essentially over (and the recent rain in Linköping only serves as a cruel reminder of the inevitable).

However, if summer is concluding, it means that Linköpinglivin’ is back up and running, hopefully better than ever as I begin to give some conclusion and closure to my cherished Swedish experience. My current plan is to terminate my work here in November/December to be home in time for an American-style Lucia and Christmas (I gotcha covered, Mom). You will hear all about my mixed emotions regarding this as the next few months unfold, but for now, know that I will be valuing every moment of my fleeting time in a country I will always remember fondly (and be visiting often - that’s a promise).

Linköpinglivin’ is currently receiving approximately 500 hits per week from what I think is about 300 – 400 monthly readers, but since the last entry in late June, it has received over 2,300 hits. Sharing my journey continues to be one of the most surprising and rewarding elements of my time abroad. Thanks for continuing to meet me in cyberspace, Swedish-style.

There’s still plenty of Sweden life to be discovered and uncovered in the coming months. Undoubtedly a few fun facts and top 10 lists will grace this blog yet again, as well as a couple more reasons why Linköping remains one of the coolest places to live in all the world!

For now though, a few pictures from my summer, which included stops in London, Seattle, Santa Barbara and the hometown of La Canada near Los Angeles and was highlighted by the visit of what will probably be my last visitors to Sweden: Heather Doud, Jennifer Ratcliff and Rachel Owen. While their journey was long and their visit too short, it was indeed as memorable as predicted from Stockholm to Linköping. Thanks for the visit to the land of the Vikings, ladies. See you in December!

(And as the Summer Olympics get started before the next Linköpinglivin’ entry, I expect all of you Americans following this blog to keep a special eye out for the blue and yellow Swedish representation. Heja Sverige!)

Pictures above:

1. Left-to-Right: Rachel, Jenn and Heather strike the Viking pose in Stockholm.

2. Overlooking Stadshuset on a classic summer’s day in Stockholm.

3. With friends at Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, California.

4. Big Ben says “hello” rising above the English flowers in full bloom.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Finally made the blog. Bout time Sweden got a taste of HD, JR and RAO!!!!


BF!


-RAO

Ang said...

And not even a comment about your time in Oly! WOW, the sting of the Wii experience still eating at you huh?!? :-) Can't wait to see you in Dec.

Heather (hodud) said...

glad to see that pic made the #1 slot. one entry for all of July sure seems to leave a few holes... as ang noted... but hey there is always room in your future issues for a nice piece about biking through stockholm, how to avoid Z-Damm hotel if you know what's good for you (though the Swedish pancakes made a good showing), or why Linkoping is a good place to discover you lost your passport. Just throwing it out there. Oh and I'm sure your non-facebook readers would love to see your video report on stockholm from "somethingsomething" bridge. Overall i appreciate the props and must say it was an unforgettable visit. If anyone hasn't experienced the hospitality and tour-guide side of Sean, it is a must see. Highly recommended. Ok... peace out, snart and happy fika...
heather

Heather (hodud) said...

glad to see that pic made the #1 slot. one entry for all of July sure seems to leave a few holes... as ang noted... but hey there is always room in your future issues for a nice piece about biking through stockholm, how to avoid Z-Damm hotel if you know what's good for you (though the Swedish pancakes made a good showing), or why Linkoping is a good place to discover you lost your passport. Just throwing it out there. Oh and I'm sure your non-facebook readers would love to see your video report on stockholm from "somethingsomething" bridge. Overall i appreciate the props and must say it was an unforgettable visit. If anyone hasn't experienced the hospitality and tour-guide side of Sean, it is a must see. Highly recommended. Ok... peace out, snart and happy fika...
heather