Went to see some castles yesterday. Yep, that’s what you do here in Europe when you’re bored. There’s always a few castles somewhere.
These were pretty nice. One had been converted into a hotel I can’t afford and I have no idea what was happening with the other, but it was much smaller. There was a tiny beat up Mini parked next to the smaller castle. I guess if you pour that much money into living in a castle, you’re going to have to cut back somewhere.
I decided that my family could do nicely in the smaller castle (although it was a bit far from a grocery store). Here in Sweden, the living space is so small that we don’t get to be like many Americans who have rooms they don’t use. At least half of my friends have rooms in their houses bigger than our bedroom that are “just for storage.” The older people always have that one living room that kids aren’t allowed to go in and no one sits in with the fancy furniture.
Here in Sweden, we have bedrooms the size of Texas closets. In fact, I tried to make a guest room out of our closet, but my husband said it woud be rude to make someone sleep in there. I don’t see why. It’s quite comfortable in there if you don’t mind all the Christmas decorations and suitcases.
I need a castle.
One good thing about living in Sweden – a surprisingly small amount of bugs in the house. No roaches! Only fruit flies for 2 weeks of the year and maybe a small spider or two. It’s really spoiling me for vacations in warmer countries. In Texas this summer, it was an ant invasion. In Italy, it was furry centipedes and a scorpion. I think the only reason these bugs exist in warmer countries is to keep people in the north. Otherwise it would be deserted up here.
My son thought he heard Santa Claus this morning up on our roof. I didn’t think about it very much until I went outside and realized that there were several men on our roof. They were pushing off all of the snow, which is something that’s done quite often around the city, as people are occasionally badly injured or killed from heavy snow and icicles falling from high roofs. I’m glad they finally got around to our building today because we’ve had a monster icicle hanging right over our door for the past week. I managed to find the shattered remains on the ground this afternoon. The picture I took is only a piece of the icicle. Nice to be able to walk in the door now without cheating death every day.