Tuesday, August 27, 2013

how to summer vacation like a stockholmare

the stockholm archipelago

since we are living in kungsholmen, we are called "kungsholmenare," which definitely makes us proper stockholmare(s), and i've heard anything off the main city islands doesn't count...although i'm not sure people living on södermalm would agree.

today was the first PTA meeting of gus and astrid's school. it was tremendous--i met parents from hungary, italy, france, swedes who had been living in america and australia, denmark, the netherlands, china, india, japan, korea, canada, the philippines, portugal, spain, ukraine, russia, croatia, ethiopia, ukranians who had been living in tanzania, india, pakistan, kyrgyzstan, egyptians, and a few americans. it was wonderful, and i am a bit more than sad that the kids can't stay at this school for longer than a semester. this has already been a fantastic experience for everyone.

on sunday we were invited by one of rich's colleagues, rickard, to go sailing in the stockholm archipelago. it was a beautiful, clear, warm day that, from what we've been repeatedly told, will probably not happen again very often this year. we've tried to take advantage of every pretty day we've had--and there have been quite a few--but sunday was truly gorgeous. we went from vaxholm to grinda and swam in the baltic sea. lovely.

i haven't seen rich this relaxed in a loooooong time

gus, swimming in the baltic sea


the water was incredibly clear

little bitty fishies

most of the islands are actually giant granite boulders covered in lichen

one of 10-20-30,000 islands (depending on the source) that make up the stockholm archipelago

i think rich is already trying to figure out how to get back

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