On the southern half of the globe, days are getting shorter and colder, and our members are hibernating, only coming out of their caves in a desperate attempt to fight off the winter blues.
But up here, summer is already knocking on our doors! The beginning of summer, often called midsummer or summer solstice in some parts of the world, is a reason for celebration for many people. Luckily, we have a lot of great events for you to kick off your favorite season!
Summer in the City
The InterNations Community in Rotterdam was the first to host a summer kick-off this month. An international crowd gathered in Wijnhaven on 3 June to dance to the tunes of a live jazz band. What a great way to welcome this season!
“Summer in the city” was also the theme of our event in Cologne on 8 June. Members of the Cologne Community met for an after-work summer party on the chic terrace of a former table dance bar, now turned into one of the hippest venues in the city.
Our community in Mexico City hosted a summer Brazilian night on 8 June, complete with Brazilian music, dancing, great food, and Margacheve (flavored margarita). As always, a spur of romance and friendship was in the air.
InterNations Paris took their party to the Champs Elysees. On 15 June, expats and global minds met in a private area reserved exclusively for them to celebrate the beginning of summer. Soccer/football fans who didn’t want to miss the game could follow it on a large screen, allowing them to combine the best things about this season.
Expats in Istanbul celebrated the season at a chic bar in the heart of Zorlu center with a summer champagne party. Our guests enjoyed the best champagne at an exclusive price and mingled on the terrace to soak up the last warmth of the summer day.
Let’s Go Outside!
Then, of course, there are the “traditional” midsummer celebrations, those that come with endless summer days, flower garlands, and a maypole for people to dance around. Families gather under the, hopefully, blue sky, share an abundance of food (and sometimes schnapps) and celebrate the beginning of summer.
On Friday, 24 June, the Stockholm Singles Group will head to Fjärderholmarna Island to celebrate midsummer together. There are swimming opportunities, great views, and even a brewery for those who don’t want to bring their own drinks. If you come prepared for any weather, it will definitely be a fun experience, as long as you catch the last boat back to Stockholm, that is.
Those who are not in the mood for an excursion to a remote island in the Stockholm archipelago should head to Gothenburg on Friday, 1 July, for a full-blown midsummer party. Our members will meet at a comfortable hotel lounge in the middle of the city to enjoy the delicious food and the free welcome drink. If the weather permits, the terrace is open as well to soak up the sunshine.
On Wednesday, 6 July, the Cambridge City Trotters are heading to the Botanic Gardens for a picnic to celebrate summer time. There will be a lot of talented musicians and music groups playing that day, including a klezmer ensemble.
Are you up for a summer party at a piano bar? The Rome Nightlife Group is going to enjoy a summer evening in front of the Colosseum on Thursday, 14 July. So come on by for a free welcome drink, some live music and great company to kick off this summer in style.
On Friday, 24 June, InterNations Hannover welcomes summer! Members are invited to meet at a rooftop beach bar to enjoy the evening with great company and a drink in hand. The lounge area is covered by a large roof, so even if the weather is not playing along, you can hang out outside.
Now, are you wondering what to do if you live in the Southern hemisphere and the weather is as far from “summer” as you could imagine? Watch out for our events near you to shake off the winter blues, like the one in Gaborone. InterNations members will meet at Sky Lounge on Wednesday, 29 June, to mingle and enjoy a welcome drink.
Are preparing for the winter solstice or the longest day of the year? Let us know how you will celebrate!
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