It has been awhile since I talked about my Swedish studies…for those who don’t know, I am studying Swedish. My blog post about learning foreign languages will give you all the background on why. Since Midsummer (Swedish Summer Solstice Celebration) is being celebrated this weekend, I figured, it is the perfect time to let you know I think I am actually starting to get the hang of Swedish. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means fluent, probably not even conversational, but things are starting to make more sense. FINALLY! It has only taken about a year and a half. I found a one and one Swedish tutor for the summer, no—it is not Martin, and things are starting to gel. The in-laws are going to be so impressed next time they see me, hopefully. This is the part where you can jump up and down, send me encouraging emails and tell me I can successfully study a second language in my mid 30s. It is not an easy task, at least not for me.
So what is Midsummer? Only the largest Swedish summer party. It is a celebration of sunlight and all things having to do with summer. At least that is what I hear. Even though I married a Swede nearly two years ago, I have yet to experience this long talked about tradition. Every Swede I meet asks, “Have you been to Sweden for Midsummer?” Not yet, someday soon, I hope. I have seen videos of Swedes dancing around the maypole and at our wedding some of Martin’s family proudly demonstrated the “frog dance,” (not the official name, my term for it) for our American guests.
Really, that’s all I can tell you about Midsummer since I haven’t experienced it yet. If you want to know more I refer you to a more qualified source, Sweden.se. We hope to have our own Americanized Midsummer celebration this weekend. Complete with inlagd sill (pickled herring-eeks) and nubbe (aquavit-more eeks), but probably no maypole. Not sure the neighbors would be down with a maypole, but they might like the schnapps. Glad midsommar!