It’s Saturday and 25 degrees outside. Clear blue skies and sun in the eyes. Swedish summer at its best. I take the bus towards town, switch to the metro halfway. The city is full of people everywhere, and the sun has brought out smiles on everyone’s faces. I walk to Kungsträdgården to meet up with a couple of friends. They texted me a day earlier and asked if I wanted to join them to a food festival. My head is heavy from the hangover and I almost contemplated just staying in bed instead. But some food and a beer later and I start feeling more like a human and less like a zombie again. We sit down on the grass in the shade. Talk about relationships, high school memories, laugh. I find myself thinking about how lucky I am to still have such amazing friends here, even though I moved abroad years ago. It’s like we met yesterday, even though it’s been months. After an hour or so we get up to try some more food. We walk along the food trucks, trying to find something we haven’t tried before. We end up eating jellyfish, and all agree that it tastes kind of like seaweed salad. When the afternoons turns into evening I get on the metro home again to spend some quality time with my family. My last evening in Sweden for this time. And again I find myself thinking how lucky I am, to have so many amazing people to return to whenever I get back to Stockholm.
Yesterday I got on a plane again, this time to spend some days back at home. Let me tell you, it's so nice to just get to be home and breathe for a bit. I've had zero energy the last few weeks, and a little break is well needed. Not that I don't have to do loads of studying while here anyways, but there's just this feeling of calm I get from being at home. Don't get me wrong - I love living in Amsterdam. But life there gets crazy busy sometimes, and I kind of forget to just stop and listen to myself and my body. So some days at home will do me good. So will some quality time with my family. Today is the national day of Sweden, which in all honesty isn't really celebrated that much, but it's a holiday, meaning I got to spend the whole day with the fam. We just chilled at home, had some great bbq and played games. Tomorrow is supposed to bring heat and sunshine, so I plan to mix studying with lounging by the pool. Doesn't sound too bad for a Thursday, does it?