After a few days in Stockholm, I am now at my family’s summer house on the island Blidö in the Stockholm archipelago. For you who are not so familiar with Sweden, it might be interesting to know that it is very common to own a summer house somewhere out in a rural area and preferably by the sea or a lake. These “houses” are more often small cottages, either remains from a time when Sweden was an agrarian/fishing society, or built in the 30s and 40s as small summer get-aways for workers and their families. Some of them are without electricity and not rarely, water is collected from a well or a tap outside the house. Instead, they are surrounded by wilderness and the sea, which makes us feel like we have everything we could possibly need, even though we lack many of the usual comforts of modern life. And just to clarify, after four months in a mountain village in rural Guatemala, I am not romanticizing this kind of simple life. I know that it is hard and that there is little dignity in living in such conditions when ensuring a sufficient income is a daily struggle. But for a few weeks per year, I do appreciate having a place like this, in sharp contrast to urban America, to get away to!