To the Swiss, midsummer doesn’t mean much. That’s because over here, summer is warm and long and not urgent and panicky and brief. Like back home in the north.
The height of the international Nordic panic is at midsummer when all Finns, Swedes and Norwegians simultaneously realise that summer is actually half way gone and they kinda did nothing to live it to the fullest. So they cancel their Netflix in a regretful haze, rush off to their seaside cottages and lakeside cottages and start posting about living summer to the fullest.
The ultimate Scandi Noir tragedy nobody posts about of course is, that when you try to go outside to enjoy the fleeting summer to the fullest, you barge straight back in again terrified, chased by a fierce regiment of organised mosquitos. No pictures of that on Instagram that I’ve seen!
And I’m not saying this because I’m jealous of all my social media buddies posting pictures from seaside cottages. Nope! No jetties, barbecues or rowboats for me please. Ditto birch branches tied together on the doorsteps of old saunas. Yucks. Brrr.
If anyone asks, I am NOT interested in drinking cider on the cliffs by the shore, thanks very much. Watching the sun set into the island opposite while quietly dipping into the lake would be my definition of a wasted evening. Same goes for sleeping in old boats gently rocked by the lovely little waves of the white night while water birds coo.
That would be most undesirable indeed!
I much prefer to go to my storage room and cry looking at all the things I have to sort and haven’t!
So, happy midsummer, Switzerland.
I’m so excited to be living my summer here to the fullest!
Ps. It turns out I am going to a brunch tomorrow to mark the occasion. Not that I would want to! No, it’s solely for representational purposes. And I’ll be back in my storage room midsummer night’s dream before you can say ‘Hyvää juhannusta!’
In our family, we do not have any panic! Midsummer weekend is same as any other weekend. Those people having summer cottages by the lake, they may have panic, if not in hurry yes. We lived four years by the Lake Saima and saw how hurry people were when “speed boating” to their summer cottages.
Saima Lake and cottages:
Cruise to Rock paintings
Oh those steep rocks by the water! Trying really hard to think of the mosquitos right now! Thanks for your comment and the link to your blog. Interesting to see my homeland through foreign eyes:) Happy midsummer to you too!
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On the Oulu region, we do not have much mosquitos. Recently we were in Helsinki and visited Samba Carnival in which my daughter participated. Check my newest post. 🙂