Facebook and its fan base are flaunting smiling images of happy families on skis up on mountains, sitting in sunshine with drinks. Everyone is smiling and they are all somewhere else. They have taken their families to be active during the Swedish winter holiday week devoted to sports. Outdoor sports. They even call it sport holiday or sportlov in Swedish.
Swedes are incredibly outdoorsy. Activities are always outdoors if they can help it, and they go around chastising any poor soul foolish enough to utter at bad word at the weather with, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only insufficient clothing”. Even in the face of sub-Artic temperatures, blizzard conditions or ice storms. They are taught to identify trees, flowers, plants, mushrooms, birds and anything you might find on a nature walk. That way they can embarrass us city folk when they ask non-chalantly, “What do you call that” under the disguise of small talk with the English speaker.
They giggle politely when I answer, “Tree, flower, mushroom, bug” since I haven’t a clue if it it isn’t respectively, a maple, rose, supermarket variety or spider.
Now back to the guilt of not on a skiing holiday during the sporting vacation (they should rename it ski or you are a loser holiday). We have done some activities around Stockholm to make up for our shortcoming as outdoorsy parents. We played boule on Monday, hunted for monsters at the fort outside of Vaxholm on Tuesday and learned about the Blue Hall, Golden Hall and made our own mosaics at the City Hall on Wednesday (all highly recommended and very affordable will edit in links later).
Thursday I worked (sounds like a line from a modern laborer’s bible) and tomorrow we will discover the secret identities of the skeletons found aboard the Vasa Warship.
Unfortunately, my Instagram, Vine and FB uploads of these events are guilting my other friends who have planned the week around closer to home events. That is not my intention.
So I guess I should stop blocking my skiing friend. They do so look like they are having a good time.