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.



  1. 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.)

  2. 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. ^_^

  3. 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...


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