May brought the smell of bbqs on balcones, leaves on the trees, blankets of pollen, the sound of seagulls mating, hot sun with cold wind, people zipping around on bikes, vaccination posters and longer days (midnight sun arrived in Northern Sweden).
Cherry blossom was one of the best bits of month. People flocked underneath the trees to take photos of eachother, newborn babies, dogs and even horses. The trees you can see are just a handful of the 10,000 Japanese Sakura planted across Stockholm.
I realised (even more) what a weird place the world has become when bumping elbows is the new way to greet people.
Florists are spilling out onto streets all over the city. It feels like Stockholm has finally woken up from its long Winter sleep.
This photo was taken on the day we walked to a hardware shop without coats. It was really muggy and as soon as I saw that apocalyptic cloud, I knew we were in for a wet walk home. Thunder started rumbling and of course, the rain waited until we set foot outside. A few of us tried to wait in the exit but we were all shooed away due pandemic restrictions, so the two of us sought shelter in the carpark…
Waiting ages for a takeaway pizza gave me a chance to do some people watching. This lady stopped to soak up the sun with her eyes closed for a little while and then carried on walking. It’s funny to see so many people doing this when the sun first comes back; it feels like the world is half on pause. We once saw a whole family sitting on a bench zoned out like this.
Vaccination posters are plastered everywhere at the moment and it’s nice to see them in so many other languages. Fingers crossed it helps people find vaccinations and feel included in the program, whatever language they speak.
Love love love the smell of lilac. It always reminds me of visiting Tantolunden for the first time, where the trees grow against Falun red wooden fences and buildings.
That’s all for May!