Swedes are fairly attuned to the rhythms of nature. At Midsummer, many begin their five-week annual holidays and everyone is in a hurry to get things done during the relatively short summer season. Midsummer Eve is usually celebrated in the countryside, which means that on the day before, everyone leaves town, everything closes, and the city streets are suddenly empty. The country’s main thoroughfares, on the other hand, are normally packed. Queues of cars stretch away into the distance, and at the end of the road, family and friends wait among silver birches in full, shimmering bloom. If you live in a smaller town as we do, you probably bike to whatever Midsummer party you are going to because nothing says Swedish summer like a bike packed with flowers.

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