In the summer the weather grows warmer, the days get longer, and the sun shines brighter. Though these aren’t the only certainties. For example, in Greece, you can expect a few things you will experience no matter what. Images you see from your very childhood that become something like habits.
It is certain that whenever you see a big family on the beach at some point the mother will search for tupperware and introduce fried meatballs (of all things!) to feed the kids. Or there will be people playing beach rackets (imagine tennis but without the net). You will also smell sunscreen or aftersun everywhere you are, most preferably with watermelon or coconut aromas. Oh, there’s also panigiria, (pronounced paneegheeria - big gatherings of people with lots of free food and even more alcohol, that you have to bear even if you want to sleep).
With this in mind, I would like to know what are some of the things you expect to see / experience every single summer in your area?
It’s mostly things you are so used to you don’t even notice, but those are the exact small details that make every place and culture unique. As for our friends in Australia and New Zealand, don’t feel excluded; I’m writing this under the grey London sky. A grey so unified it feels we are under a dome of sorts, not experiencing any sort of summer whatsoever either.
It is always nice to reminisce on Summer days at the beach whether with family or friends.
Picnics , sandcastles and swimming has got to be traditional for many, however what I also expect to see are creative driftwood projects.
It is amazing how quickly ideas evolve!
‘Enjoy your summer , even if some days are grey. ‘
One thing I expect to see in Summer in London is drinking and lots of it. People gathering outside the pubs after work and on weekends. Drinking seems to be our national pastime, as I am sure you know.
Of course, everything has changed now.
I always throw a big BBQ at some point in the Summer and invite lots of friends, rather than a series of smaller ones, but obviously I am not doing that this year. It's been such a tradition for years and years that it seems a bit strange now not to have that event coming up. Some friends suggested I have a 'virtual' one but I am not sure it would be much fun setting up the BBQ and grilling food just for myself, so I think virtual drinking sessions are far more likely.
I do have my first guest of the Summer arriving tomorrow though so perhaps he will be up for a BBQ. Let's see!
I haven't been to a BBQ for I don't know how long! A socially distanced meet up in the park sounds lovely. I did meet a couple of friends in Green Park recently and it wasn't too busy given that it was a Saturday, but it wasn't deserted either!
@Nickmy new guest is lovely by the way. He's a local currently looking for a new home in my area and is working from home five days a week, so I'm feeling pretty comfortable about having him here.