Today’s Labour Day in the civilized world, which in Sweden turns out to be a holiday for sleeping off the Valborg festivities of the night before. Yesterday we saw some kids sing and dance around the maypole, heard a men’s choir and saw fireworks and a bonfire. I’ve never seen so many people out and about in Falun before. We had to dodge the unofficial fireworks and drunken teenagers on the way home. For a holiday that’s supposed to welcome the warm season, it was quite chilly. But everything here is looking very fresh and green, so there’s no doubt that it’s spring. Kostia’s mom reports that it was snowing in his hometown this morning.

Edit: none of my pictures from Valborg turned out all that well, but here you can see the maypole and the people gathered to see the children’s choir and string ensemble which performed between speeches about the holiday and Swedish democracy. And some classic red Swedish houses and white-haired old ladies.