Summer in Sweden is the nicest time of the year in this country, so it is a little ironic that all students leave for travelling and going home since they made it through the ever-grey and dark Swedish winter and when it finally gets nice they leave.
I did that last year as well but this year I enjoy some parts of summer here and so far it has been really nice and full of interesting moments; some of them I’ll tell you about, some I’ll keep to myself after all this is a public blog and not a diary… 😉
I finished reading my book ( I wrote about it in my last post) and I have to say again it was really good. I found another expression in the book ,again by the main character’s grandma, which stayed in my mind; She said everyone’s life is like a carpet which is woven by hand with many different kind of strings. Some really rough and thick , some really thin or soft , some with dark colours, some with bright and warm colours. Everything what happens to you is woven into this carpet and everything is interwoven and does not fall apart as long as you go on.
I like to imagine different lives of people I met and myself, and how their and my carpet would look like. Maybe I will draw my carpet some day. I have spent a lot of time with doodling and drawing lately, I especially love to draw outside or with a coffee or glass of wine in my favourite café or next to Rickard while he works and we both listen to loud music.
Lately I tried even more than usual to really appreciate the small things in life and appreciate what I have since people tend to forget that nowadays and are only on the run for more and more….
I went inline skating and jumped afterwards in underwear in the ocean or jumped with full power in puddles even though wearing a white skirt, I had a great midsummer celebration, went climbing with a friend in Västra hamnen and still trying to learn Arabic 😛 and many more things….. Just doing what you feel like right in the moments makes me enjoy that summer a lot. Also hanging with friends in different parks of Malmö, meeting for a drinks or coffee or spending regardless the cost half an hour on the phone with my best friend in Germany just because we felt like it right in that moment. I miss her a lot and look much forward to see her when I go to Germany!!!
I love the evenings in Malmö or rather nights in the summer , when you get home late and the whole city is still awake , it never gets properly dark and you go to ‘yalla yalla’ to get a fallafel at 3.00 am and can still dance on the streets while eating without freezing. One should pay tribute to those kind of moments because in these moments you feel alive and isn’t that what life is all about?! I found some lyrics I really liked which I connect to this summer in Malmö and my love to Malmö and soon leaving for 5 month;
“Squeaky swings and tall grass
The longest shadows ever cast
The water’s warm and children swim
And we frolicked about in our summer skin I don’t recall a single care
Just greenery and humid air
Then Labor day came and went
And we shed what was left of our summer skin
On the night you left I came over
And we peeled the freckles from our shoulders
Our brand new coats so flushed and pink
And I knew your heart I couldn’t win
Cause the season’s change was a conduit
And we’d left our love in our summer skin”
At some point in the coming weeks we want to take the motorbike up to the border to Norway there is a nice big national park and hike for a couple of days since we have all the gear for hiking and we can fit all the stuff in the motorbike bags. I look much forward to it. Driving on a motorbike makes me feel alive a lot and having a tent and hiking gear and be able to then go when and where ever you want feels awesomely free.
Hiking last year far up north in the Swedish Lapland was a blast so I am sure even though this is a much shorter trip it will be great as well.
I loved driving on the motorbike with Jochen (for the people who don’t know; the ex-partner of my Mother) a lot , we would fly through the Röhn (an area in Germany) and I could forget all my worries spending time on his bike and his farm…. I miss him much and think often about him. It’s over a year know that he is gone. Time really flies…. I found a really nice quote which made me think of him for very long;
“A person should be buried only half a meter, or two feet, below the surface. Then a tree should be planted there. He should be buried in a coffin that decays so that when you plant a tree on top the tree will take something out of his substance and change it into tree-substance. When you visit the grave you don’t visit a dead man, you visit a living being who was just transformed into a tree. You say, “This is my grandfather, the tree is growing well, fantastic.” You can develop a beautiful forest that will be more beautiful than a normal forest because the trees will have their roots in graves.” – Friedensreich Hundertwasser
It is only 9 weeks until its time to go to Israel ! We finally booked our flights to Germany and Israel and now its certain that we gonna spend one day between Germany and Israel in the wonderful city of Istanbul and meet our friend there. It will be very interesting how the situation has turned out there by then….
We have also further thought about which neighbouring country we want to visit. Since I really want to travel around within Israel as well and after all we are “only” 5 month there and I have to work as well we only plan two other visits and then see how the rest goes; if we have more time and money. For certain is that we will travel to Jordan since it is close and I really want to visit my friend living in Amman (he was my first friend I ever met in Sweden) and when it comes to getting a visa it is pretty ‘easy’ compared to some other countries in the middle east.
Apparently since the start of 2013 its now a normal procedure at the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv to get the Isreali stamp on a extra paper and not in your passport which makes it then easier to enter other Arab countries. This was nice to find out because we thought it might be a hassle to avoid an Israeli stamp in our passports….
The second country we really would like to visit is……. Iran… ! Yes I know what you think … and probably we will not manage to get a visa anyway but we started to do some research about it and want to give it a try at least. There are agencies who help you for a very little fee to get a tourist visa. As a German and Swedish citizen it should not be impossible. We would maybe ask some friends who are interested in visiting Iran too if they would like to join us and then fly over Istanbul to Iran. You can imagine there is no such thing as flight from Israel to Iran. We will see. It is not so likely that we succeed with this plan but lets see what my research, the contact with the agency and contacts to some embassies will tell me .
If Iran does not work we would probably take a little tour to Egypt since you can even do that by bus from Israel and visa issues are not to be expected either. Or to the ‘safe part’ ( there are three sectors when it comes to travel warnings green, yellow and red) of Lebanon if we would get a visa. It is very interesting doing all this info gathering about visas , where and how to travel in the middle east and what to do and what not to do , where to go and where not to go…..
Moving to Israeal will be different from everything I have experiences so far and I look much forward to it. Today I had a tour with google street view through the area where my internship office will be and it is really different to what I am used to in Germany or Sweden and it made me really curious , also scared me a bit but I think I will grow a lot with this challenge to live in a completely different environment than I did ever before…. but like one of my friends said :” I am very happy that you have your Swedish bodyguard with you ! ” 😉 ❤