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Busy morning after rising late: showered, dressed, made bed, ordered the kids around, cleaned up, laundry in, dishes loaded and washed, recyclables packed up, made rice krispie treats and 40 deviled eggs, finished my book and am ready to start another, uploaded activity changes to AWC site, answered emails, caught up on blog reading, updated book & CD wish lists, cleaned out old emails.

We have a BBQ party to go to tonight, but I suspect since the weather is cold and rainy that we'll be migrating indoors instead. It's a potluck (hence the treats and eggs) with friends, though Anders won't be along as he is driving up north to meet a friend for a bicycle race tomorrow morning.

Last night we went to the opening day of Malmö Festival, a week-long party in the center of town. For the first few years we lived in Sweden, we always went, even when the kids were really small, then there were several years where we avoided it like the plague, sick of the noise and the crowds and the inevitable excess. We've been going again the past few years, catching bands we like in concert (last night: Calaisa) and indulging at least once in festival food: langos, churros, wild pig kebabs, chicken satay, etc. It's fun to walk around the squares and the cobblestoned streets with so many other people in such a good mood. Everyone loves a party when the sun is shining and the air is cool.

Usually we hit the little carnival areas, for the kids' sake, but last night we ate first and wandered about, looking at the jewelry booths and down the long strip of the "Market Street" that was mostly just a bunch of cheap crap. We met up with friends, lost them again, re-found them for awhile, and then lost them for good. We stopped by the American store to say hello to the new owner (who is English!) and snagged a big bag of Tootsie candies thanks to his generosity and carnival mood. On the canal in front of the store, some enterprising young men had roped off an area in the water and were charging kids and young adults 40 kronor for 5 minutes in huge "Water Balls". The kids waited in line for 30 minutes for those 5 minutes and declared it well worth the wait. It took so long that we never even made it over to the carnival before the concert started, but still by the end of the night, we were all well-satisfied and happy with our evening of festivaling.

Once or twice during the festival week is usually more than enough for us, so we'll see if we make it back into town before the end next Friday. We have plans nearly every evening this week, as usually seems to be the case this time of year, and school starts on Wednesday, so things will really be back to real-life routines by the end of next least until it's time for me to go to the States! Whee!

Pints and Pints of (Belated) Delicious Birthday Wishes to Ice Cream Geek!
mood: busy
music: Amy Seeley—I've Got Ideas

From Megsie

I am in agreement with you...festivals are wonderful in little bits. Here in Minnesota, we have our state fair beginning soon. We usually only go once, but the kids always want to go more often than that. We get up really early and get there so we can have a good parking spot. Thinking ahead to how tiring the walk to the car is after a day at the fair. We have mini-doughnuts for breakfast and tour the farm animal barns, and we go on to all of the other "fair" activities from there. It is always fun, but by the end I have had enough for the year. My kids are already talking about it!

I am in denial about summer ending, but your kids are beginning school already?! We don't start until September 8th and I feel it speeding toward us faster than I would like. We have done all of the school shopping and now we are coasting and enjoying the end of summer. The heat here has finally arrived, it has been near 90 degrees F. and humid all week. Beach weather :)

Re: From Megsie

Yep, we're starting next week. It does seem early when I think about it...our schools always started in September, too, I think. But they get out around June 10 so it's probably about the same amount of time off. :)

When do you leave for the states and how long will you be there? Just you? How have I missed this bit?
I know that festival mood you are talking about. How fun that you can share that with your family. I miss that.

I'll be working from the US office outside of Boston for the first 2 weeks of September. :) (I did it in April the last 2 years)

Oh cool--did you get pictures of the kids in the water balls? That looks like so much fun!

I've seen webpages for adventure sports that include those and the giant balls that have a person rubberband-suspended inside that are rolled down great hills. I would LOVE to do that.

No pics, we didn't have a camera with us, and besides it was really dark by that time. The rolling-down-hills idea sounds super dangerous!


Aw, man, I miss Malmöfestivalen! I remember we used to go several times during the week, trying out all the great food. It was always nice of them to start the festival right around my birthday, too. :-)


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School starts on Wednesday!?!?! I've lost track, does Karin get a new fleet of teachers this year?

Send me a note about your travel plans if you get a chance.

She does since she's entering upper elementary. :)

I've got it on my list to email you this week...coming soon!

Fingers crossed for Karin and school then!

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