Midsummer – Prepare yourselves, winter is coming

June 22, 2013

I could spend a few paragraphs describing what midsummer is, but instead I’ll just sum it up from wikipedia.

“Midsummer is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice. Midsummer is especially important in the cultures of Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltics where it is the most celebrated holiday apart from Christmas and New Year’s Eve.”
Wikipedia on Midsummer

One of the best things about midsummer is that it means we’re only 6 months out from winter, which is the season that I enjoy most. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy summer, but I like the winter more, and I despise both fall and spring (because they’re transitional seasons, going from one good season to another). It’s not long now until I get to feel the chilling sensation of snow again.

Traditionally one should spend their midsummer out at some remote cottage near a lake or open water (Or that’s how I’ve usually spent my midsummers). This year’s a bit different, first of all, I don’t know anybody who has a cottage of which I could crash at. And secondly, and more importantly, I’d rather play around with vagrant+puppet (development-environment deployment made easy, unlike that combination of words), and I should write a blog post about that.

Though I didn’t spend my complete midsummer in front of the computer. Paulina had invited Sandra over, and they cooked up some midsummer food.


.. And a delicious dessert …


After we were done eating, they took a nap and I continued with my project on the computer. I was creating a puppet script that installs all the necessary things for a custom LAMP-stack, this in itself wouldn’t really take all too long, but because I have to reset the virtual machine every time that I test out the script, most of the time is spent just watching commands flying by. Anyway, one can only sit around starring at a screen for so and so long, so I finally blurted out the idea about “not sitting inside all evening”.


Done and done, we went out to the nearby pier (Liljeholmskajen), which is only a few blocks away from where we live. We sat there for maybe an hour just talking.

And I found this video-clip, a supposedly banned Ikea commercial, that I guess represents the traditional Swedish way (or maybe more accurately Nordic way) of celebrating midsummer. The commercial is in German (the text that comes up during the beginning of a new section) and in English it would be;

1. Dancing, 2. Dining, 3. Celebrating, 4. The morning after.

Happy midsummer, or something!