I had the exact same thought about Uppsala today - it's so quiet everywhere, except when I finally went downtown and the main walking street was packed with people. Pretty sure it's 90% tourists! But I love the quietness of places in the summer. Maybe because Boston (and greater Boston area) also had that feeling. Maybe everywhere has that feeling?
I think there are many factors. Around here almost everyone is on vacation, so even the locals who are still around are relaxed -- either they aren't working or work is really chill right now. And the weather is nice (relatively speaking...) and the days are long, so people are sitting outside a lot more. And in the parks. And on foot, and on bikes.
Everywhere probably seems quieter and nicer in the summer. I guess in Boston it's partially summer funtimes feelings and also the lack of a huge student population...
The time I spent a week at the Meteorological Institute in Oslo in July, the only people who were still there at 3.30pm were the foreigners.
That checks. :-)
Summer hours at met are 8-3, so 3:30 would be really burning the midnight oil!
Yes, most jobs here seem to have a mandatory 3 week vacation window starting either this week or next, so it does really empty out.
Definitely not quieter and nicer here in Canandaigua in the summer. The tourists show up with their flip-flops and their wet cranky children and block the aisles at Wegmans with their carts full of bottled water, starting in June. We forget sometimes, and are shocked when we need a reservation to go to dinner in the summer.
But RIT in the summer is pretty nice! Lots of parking and no line to get burritos! :D