Yes, we take a lot of trips. At the moment, we are in Paris. You may say, “How come you can travel so much? Don’t people work in Sweden?”
The short answer is, “Not all that much.”
The longer answer is that we have lots of fun holidays and we are good at doing our work while having plenty of free time, which keeps everyone quite happy and pretty productive. This particular week, we have 2 days off. One for April 30, Valborg, in which we are all required to stand around a bonfire singing songs and freezing to death while pretending spring is here. The other holiday is May 1, on which you get a day off of work to protest about work, or human rights, war, or pickles if you like.
By taking a vacation during this week, the kids don’t miss much school and we don’t miss much work. The only drawback is that Paris also celebrates May 1 tomorrow and many things are closed for protesting. I might go out and protest that things are closed. Who knows? We will see.
Today is a half-day holiday in Sweden – Valborg!
Valborg is a holiday to welcome the coming of Spring by burning all the dead branches in giant bonfires. Of course in my neighborhood we call this “Finally getting rid of the Christmas trees.”
I haven’t spent a Valborg in Sweden without freezing to death, often in the rain, at one of these bonfires. I imagine by the evening, this will be no exception. But my family will be out there, freezing and singing strange Swedish spring songs (Wow! What great alliteration!) and enjoying the crowds while I’m secretly wishing for a very long stick covered in marshmallows.