It’s the middle of summer here in Sweden, and I must say I am not a fan.
No, not Sweden. It’s a beautiful country. I’m talking about Summer.
And before you react, yes, I do have a soul and no, I am not a crazy, grumpy hermit. I just think that the most anticipated season of the year is also easily its most overrated.
1. Sweaty McSweatyPants
Sweating releases endorphins, which explains why you feel a bit giddy after an exercise. That’s great and all, but if you’re sweltering through your work clothes, it releases a few armpit stains, an oily face – and a whole lot of embarrassment.
2. Obligatory Family Pool Parties
It’s something that all non-swimmers dread: the annual family pool party. Get ready to feel left out as your cousins go diving with ease, while your aunt and uncles condescendingly question (complete with raised eyebrows) your hesitation to take a dip. Is nearly drowning at an early age considered a valid excuse?
3. The Festival of Body Odor
They say nothing’s worse than having your heart broken. I would argue that being trapped in a non-air conditioned bus, amidst a 30 °C weather, surrounded by a lot of sweaty passengers, pretty much takes the cake.
Mix it altogether and you’ll have a whole lot of err… “extraordinary” aromas.
But seriously guys, for the love of everything that is holy and pure, take a shower at least once a day. While it might not be good for your skin, I’m pretty sure the people around you will thank you for not giving their noses a heart attack.
4. Television is Practically Dead
Aside from Game of Thrones, almost every show worth watching is on a hiatus. Even basketball season ends on summer and won’t be seen again until October. Boo!
5. Not The Bees!
Bees are the pint sized versions of your short-tempered old neighbor; always constantly trying to push you out of his property, only this time you’re being prodded with a painful stinger, instead of a walking stick.
6. The Intense Sunlight
It continues to baffle me how Swedes and other Europeans can, not only withstand, but seemingly enjoy getting cooked under the sun all day. I’m not just imagining the searing, burning sensation right?
But then again, I am Asian. Leave us out in the open for too long, and we’ll go from Jackie Chan to Michael Jordan.
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