A perfect moment in sunny Stockholm

Published May 10, 2011

If you live in a country where... Well, let's just say that Sweden has plenty of cold, dark days and not so many sunny ones with temperatures more in line with what most human beings would define as comfortable. Historically, I've had an on-again-off-again relationship with the sun: as a child, no matter how lovely the weather may have been, I often preferred staying in, reading and playing my records. I found outdoors overrated, and still do sometimes. However, these days I'm more keen to get my share of the sunshine, and we're just enjoying a lovely couple of spring days here in Stockholm. The sun is out, nature is turning green, and whenever I step out on the balcony I'm enveloped by heavenly smells from trees in bloom.

Yesterday I had one of those perfect moments where everything just gels. I was sitting on the balcony, with my eyes closed, the sun on my face, and just happened to be playing my favourite album by The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers, when their wonderful version of Goffin & King's Goin' Back came on. Suddenly I was on holiday in Southern California, travelling along the Pacific Coast Highway without a care in the world. Moments like that cannot be planned, but it's lovely when they happen. It kicked me off in a sun-induced euphoria, an almost manic state.

According to the forecast, we're in for some rainy weather in a few days, and the Swedish summer is completely unpredictable so anything may happen over the next few months. But at least I had that perfect moment.