26 juni, 2013

Midsommar sketching

It was the first midsommar we spent in Skåne, or in Sweden for that matter. Back home, midsommar doesn't exist. Of course the summer solstice exists, but people just don't mind it so much. So it was an exotic exciting episode for us portuguese in Skåne!

The 20th greeted us with a travel to Ales Stenar, a marvelous landscape by the sea, overlooking a small fishing village (which kinda reminded me of the scottish village in Local Hero). The special thing about this place is the iron age megalithic monument erected upon the green pasture cliff. It's a prehistoric calendar in all it's glory. A group of tens of people gathered there to verify the exactitude of the key stone marking the solstice sunset, and to watch some Ystads band singing traditional midsommar songs in acapella.

The next afternoon, midsommarsafton, was spent mingling with some good people, eating good food, drinking beer and Aquavit (yummy!), playing ball, freesbee and kubb. The night went long with board games indoors.

This holiday, we should definitely export back home!

Älgar, sälar och människor

From a short trip to Västergötland.

Slottsskogen, Göteborg: the lazy moose harvest the precious march sunrays in this huge park located quite close to the town's center.

The seals glide through the waters of an open air water tank. I wonder if they will stay there for the summer.

From Slottsskogen, a nice walk is perfectly fine to get to the city center, where the humans do the same as their animal counterparts, upon the steps leading down to the canal's water, under a sun which is, if not omnipresent, at least scorching and glaring.

 This is a country obsessed by the sun. I'm only beginning to understand why.

The day after, we were harvesting sunlight by a lake in Västra Frölunda, while having warm tea. It was only later that I realized (thanks to Google Maps) that the "lake" was in fact the mouth of a discreet stream going to the Kattegatt.