Thursday, July 16, 2009

Not going to Sweden

I'm not going to Sweden. Not exactly news, true; I'm not going to Shanghai, Shizuoka, Swaziland, Switzerland, Svalbard or the Seyshelles either. The point is that, while I'm not going to Sweden, Ritsuko is.

She's going for a week to see my parents (and my sister, who's also visiting) in Borlänge and do a bit of sightseeing. Also, she's studying Swedish here in Osaka, but there isn't much opportunity to use the language here. A trip to Sweden gives her a good opportunity to practice. I would join her - we have a lot of fun on our trips together - but I'm just too busy at work to take any time off right now. That's good for her Swedish of course; without me there to translate she'll have to use it for real.

I'll join her the next time instead. And we'll make sure to take a short trip together later in the year. Meanwhile I'm staying alone in Osaka, stressing about the project, melting away in the sweltering summer heat and missing Ritsuko very much.



magetoo said...

I hope you both can manage throughout the week.

If you would want a native guide in the next town over, I believe you have my email address somewhere. Then again, maybe J. Random Blogstalker wouldn't be your first pick to take care of someone important to you. :-)

(Lets see if this works; so far Opera can't post comments here, and never could; FF 3.5 won't let me paste text; and IE 8 threw errors my way when trying to preview. Perhaps I'm cursed.)

Janne Morén said...

Thanks, but she has plenty of guidance between my parents, my sistar and my brother, I think. Her problem is probably mostly how to avoid getting helped when she doesn't need it. ^_^

Martin F said...

I'm so not going to Sweden either this summer. I'd rather spend the cash on, say, a week at a onsen resort in the mountains, with a couple of good books. Over the past 25 years or so, I think I have stacked up enough jet miles and GHG emissions to last a lifetime.

On the other hand, there is always the Transsiberian Railroad...