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Just one more photo from Stockholm before I return to the Netherlands.

Last Friday Sweden celebrated Midsummer's Eve, one of the two most popular days of the year to most Swedes, the other one being Christmas Eve. It's a day of families and friends getting together to celebrate the arrival of summer, eating good food, drinking..., dancing with the children, playing funny games, wearing flower garlands. As the evening falls, and during the night, there will be the usual cases of fist-fights and stabbings...

This year the rain had been pouring down all through the night, at least in the Stockholm area, and during the day the sky was covered with a thick layer of grey clouds. I went for a long walk across Sφdermalm island looking for people having fun in spite of the weather, but all I found were these small groups of persons having picnics on the seats of an open air theatre in Vitabergsparken (White Mountain's Park). The lawns were still too wet. Nobody seemed to enjoy the day very much and the atmosphere was strangely quiet. Nobody took any notice of me as I walked across the stage and up the stairs. The happiest people were probably the man carrying a large plastic sack near the centre of the photo and his friend by the upper right corner. They had travelled across the entire European continent to spend three months in Sweden, hoping to make a better living from collecting refundable bottles and cans. They probably made good business on this great day of public drinking.

Here is a larger version.

In the workshop I have zoomed in on two persons sticking to Midsummer's traditions in spite of the weather.

Once again, trying to enter the carefully checked coordinates for the map view, I received this message:Invalid lat/long coordinate entered. As usual the note was bungled up, all paragraphs squeezed together.

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