Summer is pretty much over now. The temperatures drop lower each day and the sun sets earlier and rises later. However I would not go as far as to say autumn has arrived (yet), but it sure feels more like autumn than summer most of these days. And man, this summer went by quickly! So good thing I have a very warm vacation trip booked in a few weeks, with a few more warm summer nights to enjoy. :p
Now I have worked all summer, which is probably why I have not really felt like it has even been summer. BUT, in two weeks I will have three weeks of vacation!! Yay!!! And how can I possibly have a vacation without doing one of my favourite things - travel!! So I have booked a trip to Cyprus, and I cannot wait to go there! Mainly because the temperatures are considerably higher over there than here in Sweden right now - wahoo! But also because it will be nice to get away from it all for a while. Of course I will share my experience of this trip both here and over at my travel blog TheTravelingSoul.com.
So though the summer season has ended - almost, I will not declare it over until I have had my "summer" vacation. Cyprus here I come!!! (Well, in two weeks anyway.) Lol! And I sure look forward to enjoy a few more of those warm summer nights, because when I return to Sweden I am pretty sure summer will have officially ended by then.
If you feel strongly about giving animals a voice in our society, in protecting them from cruelty and harm, and about helping to improve their quality of life then supporting the RSPCA is a great way to help. But how exactly can you support the RSPCA?
Giving donations to charities like the RSPCA is only one way in which you can support its cause. Here are some more suggestions about how you can help.
Attend charity events or set up your own.
Charity events from summer fayres to sponsored walks can really bring a community together. Each person taking part might pay a fee for entering the event or might just need to raise a certain amount through sponsorship. You can help by sponsoring one of the people taking part or by taking part yourself and raising funds.
You might feel more motivated to take part in or organise an event if you feel strongly about what the money will be used for. RSPCA Choices allows you to choose a project you want to help to pay for and makes it easy to set up a fundraising page to generate interest and support. Charity events need good advertising and organisation to draw interest (and donations) from the public, so take advantage of the items you can download from the RSPCA Choices site.
Volunteer at a shelter.
Check out the RSPCA’s website and search for volunteer vacancies in your area. Keep an open mind about what sort of role you want: do you really want to work hands-on with the animals at the centre, or would a more people-based role (such as administration or shop work) suit you better?
Donate unwanted items.
These might be presents given to you that you don’t really want or cannot use, or they might be old clothes, books or toys. Anything that is in good condition could sell in a charity shop and generate much-needed funds for the RSPCA.
Donate products for the animals.
Your local supermarket might have a collection box that you can add spare tins of dog food or boxes of biscuits, or you can take these items directly to your local animal shelter. Blankets and old, clean dog bowls and toys may also be needed.
Foster or adopt.
The more people who adopt rather than buy pets, the fewer pets there will be that will end up in shelters. Fostering pets is vital to prevent shelters from becoming over-filled, when animals have to be turned away. Speak to the RSPCA about fostering animals or about adoption if you are interested in getting a new pet.
RSPCA Choices is a great way to really see where your support is making a difference. You can see the amount raised increasing every week as you, and others like you, all work towards the same target amount. Raising money for the RSPCA or donating money, time or items for the benefit of the charity is very rewarding and the charity would not be able to function without the efforts of all those members of the public who are willing to help out.
Sweden is merely impossible to imagine without Stockholm, the capital that stands on 14 islands and each has something to show. Tourists might highly estimate this city considering the number of cultural exquisites: national cuisine, places of interest, presence of indigenous Vikings’ spirit, vivid history of the North, and many others. Anyway, Stockholm appears to be one of those exemplary travel destinations, worth visiting at least one in a lifetime. Apparently, sightseeing around requires at least several days, one week is perfect, as far as the number of world-known museums and historic sites is indeed impressive. In addition, there are a couple things one should do if paying a visit to the capital of Sweden.
Besides conventional excursions and exploring the city through a prism of museums and galleries, travelers can go to local parks and green areas that surround Malaren Lake. Stockholm is one of the greenest cities in Europe, where ecofriendly tourism is perfectly combined with fishing, boating, hiking, kayaking and other adventurous leisure. These might be a great alternative to long-lasting walking around Stockholm historic sites.
If travelling with children, Stockholm is likely to offer several places to visit. Starting with Junibaken museum, for instance, is a place where Astrid Lindgren’s fairy tales are still alive. It is not only children but also adults eagerly travel from one story to another, getting the opportunity to sit down with Karlsson on the roof, to play with whimsical Pippi Longstocking, to see revived Moomin. Speaking of Karlsson, it is also exciting to search for the roof, on which he lived in the story. The very house is situated on the corner of the southern tip of St. Eriksplan, near the park Vasaparken, where Astrid Lindgren loved to walk. The writer claimed that Karlsson was lodged on the terrace under the turret.
National cooking traditions are a distinctive feature of every country. Sweden, including Stockholm, is not an exception at all. Dishes made of salmon are a trademark of Swedish national cuisine. Gravlax (literally - "pit" or "grave") is one of the world-famous Swedish dishes. In ancient times it was impossible to save fish by freezing, and the salt that had to store it was expensive; thus, it was better to put fish in a pit and pour a small amount of salt so it did not deteriorated or got fermented. As such, the fish meat did not spoiled, and could be stored for a long time, and when it was processed with spices, salt and sugar, meat lost its smell of raw fish. Currently gravlax is still popular both within the country and abroad.
Shopping is also one more feature Stockholm can boast of. It is a great destination to buy some antiques, as well as it is a great spot for fashionmongers. Probably, there is no point reminding that H&M, world-known clothing brand, has a head-quarter precisely in Stockholm. However, the foundation of the company occurred in Västerås town, Sweden, in 1947.
One more thing Stockholm is associated with is the largest spherical building in the world. It is Globen arena, the first point of the so-called Swedish solar system, stretching to the north, and at the same time the place of the most prominent music and sport venues in Sweden. It is recommended to take a ride in glass gondolas of the skyline along Globen Arena surface, which present the most breathtaking views on Stockholm.
/Guest post by Maria Kruk, an author for Stockholm.net
Sometimes I like to take out my camera, put on the macro lense and just cruise around my apartment (including balcony) and snap shots of whatever captures my attention. A while back my attention was captured by this fly, who decided to come fly with me for a while.
Not the easiest object to get a great shot of though, but finally (with some assistance from Photoshop) I do believe I managed to get at least one good one. :-)