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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Lunch in Sweden

If you're in Copenhagen, it's only a short skip to Sweden.  From Copenhagen main train station, you first go to Copenhagen Airport, which takes 12 minutes.  After changing at the airport, it's a pleasant 20 minute train journey across 'The Sound' to the Swedish town of Malmö.  But don't forget to take your passport with you!
We weren't in any hurry today, so it was about 11.30 when we arrived in Malmö.  We bought some Swedish Krona and had a Latte Macchiato each, which cost 84 Krona.  This is expensive - about $AUD7.00 each.
We took a leisurely stroll through parts of the old city of Malmö.  We've never been to Sweden - or Denmark - before.  This makes 56 countries I've visited in my life.

We stopped briefly to look inside the St Peters church, which looked quite nice.
Visitors are offered the chance to write a prayer for themselves or for others in this prayer book. The writer of this page prayed to God to preserve Sweden's Christianity, and ensure the country is not overrun by Islam.  While not endorsing the sentiments of the writer, I thought it was an interesting local reference to the politics of our time, reflecting recent global events.
With Scandinavia generally appearing expensive, we luckily found some cheap pork and chicken rolls.  We normally intend to have only local food in countries we visit, but today, despite being in Sweden, the rolls were from a Vietnamese shop.  We then had a long walk, past the old city and north to near the water.  In the above pic, we see a curious building, apparently Malmö's answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  It's known as the Turning Torso.
Looking out into The Sound, and, in the distance, the bridge that connects Sweden to Denmark.  This 'connection' is in fact half a bridge and half a tunnel that goes into the water.
Jean and many nice apartments face The Sound.
By 4pm, we'd walked a plenty, and done a huge circle back to Malmö's railway station.  We returned to Copenhagen.  In my wallet, it's now like the foreign exchange section of a bank.  I have left-over Polish Zlotys, a fist full of euros, as well as Danish and Swedish Krona.  On Friday, we'll be in London, using Sterling!

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