I have been in Sweden over two weeks but the time has gone by...in a very casual way. I forget sometimes that I actually live here, until a day like today.
When I think about what I have done, nothing seems 'vacation like' or newsworthy.
I was very busy catching up with friends the first week, all of whom are now on vacation. July is a HUGE vacation month for Swedes, I have written about this before- This is also the reason I try to avoid just coming to Stockholm in July-August.
July and August are both lonely months if one chooses to remain. This includes most of my local shops and cafes which are closed until around mid-August.
What I mean by the time slipping by is that most of what I have done is helped out friends with errands, tasks, maybe gone to a movie. All things I like to do- but very day to day.
A friend sort of lucked into a garden plot, but on my side of town- I went to meet her and take stock of the plot, and see how much work it would take to get the area under control. (apparently too much...she'll be passing it along)- I was a bit sad as if it had happened last year, I could have been out there earlier, and probably gone in on a shared custody of the plot. I was really missing gardening at just this exact time last year.
I am also traveling out to water a friends house plants every few days. But as far as keeping up on photos, I left my better phone back in Australia. The phone I have here seems to have a battery life problem. Often when I try to take photos it just turns off.
In more exciting news, we have booked a trip to Venice- in less exciting news my trip to see The Lakes District is postponed again. The social calendar of August is filling up a bit as people return. I hurt my arm badly - in a mundane, stupid home 'slip n fall'- ugh! I felt so common- my head was ringing for hours, and the pain from my forearm and wrist were worse than I had ever felt. It has been about ten days and I feel much better.
I passed this statue as I skated through the cemetery to get to my friends garden plot. Which is in Skarpnäck, only about 6 kilometers from our place, except it is a different train line, so it's easiest to skate/walk/bike or take the bus to get over there.
On my first skating trip I tried to find the closest outdoor gym- I failed, and had to have Zok walk me over there- as his sense of direction is so much better than mine. The route to get there involves a few main roads, but I think it will be a good cardio slash weight session, if I skate and then try to do as much body weight training as possible- then walk home for the cool down.
A lot of the wooden holds are a bit large for my hands, but I still think it is my best bet of not losing all my weight training. Of course, hopefully the person my friends have been training with will be back from semester (vacation) in August.
I could have sworn I wrote a post about outdoor gyms, which are common here in Stockholm, but I can't find it. I do like the humility I find from trying to do a pull up.