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July 3, 2014

Happy summer(?) writing!


Summer is here!

This is at least what my “body-clock” is telling me. Growing up in Sweden gives you a very precise sense for when to expect snow, darkness and cold or light evenings, birds chirping and warm winds from the ocean. It is in the way Swedes think and speak and plan the year. “We’ll go on vacation in Denmark in the summer…” “We need to fix the roof before the winter…” These are typical Swedish things to say.

This is one of the reasons I love living in another country. Things you have taken for granted your whole life is turned upside down. “What do you mean ‘summer’?” our Indonesian friends ask. “When is winter? We don’t know what you mean!”

It is actually getting confusing. Our girls attend an Australian school and right now they are having winter break. Summer break is in December. Here in Indonesia we are finally entering dry season after an unusually long and wet rainy season. We also just started Ramadhan, which will culminate in Lebaran, which is the Indonesian equivalent to Christmas; everyone going to their home town, gathering with their families and eating traditional food.

And in the middle of all this, here we are, a Swedish family having summer vacation, because that’s what we do in July. 🙂

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Summer, Winter, Dry Season, let’s do it all at once! We are a Swedish-Aussie-Indonesian-American family by now and any season is good for writing! 🙂

Happy Summer/Winter/Dry Season everyone!


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