Well, yesterday was a bit of a blur, with a quick check out from Copenhagen, and a quick train journey over to Sweden — no passports or anything! We met up with David, one of our two kick-ass hosts, and headed back to their place, in the Middle Eastern centre of Malmö, which means that at any time of day, walking down the street will render you hungry as you walk past 8 thousand shawarma and kabob shops. Almost like being downtown at home!
We met Tina (our other kick-ass host), and gifted them with Canadian stuffs. They thanked us and promptly whisked us out to sea. Literally. Although The Boy had later engagements that meant he wouldn’t have time to shower, the rest of us plunged into the (chilly!) North Sea for a quick swim. Apparently the ocean ate my shades as a vacation offering also. (Luckily, they were from the dollar store. A small price to pay to get to swim for the first time this summer — and in the sea no less!)
The Boy, left stranded on the shore, behind the wall of seaweed, took some pictures:
Do you notice how most people are milling about on the beach or wading? And that there are no crazies actually swimming in the picture? That is not coincidence (or Photoshop). It is partially because there was a lot of seaweed in that area, which made swimming right there unpleasant, but mostly it was because the water was cold. Still, good fun!
After that, it was off on our respective boys/girls’ night; in my case, we (being Tina and I) actually headed out close to the tower pictured above. A night of girly fun ensued. In the interest of not disclosing too much, I shall try to sum up the night with adjectives only: fun, creative, messy, collaborative, adventuresome, boozy, cozy, doggy, warm, fun.
Hopefully Anna, the bride-to-be, also felt it was a good interlude before her wedding. (So soon! Only two days at that point!)
That brings us to today! Sadly, we really didn’t get to spend much time with our hosts, as they had morning appointments, and we were off to Lund in the afternoon for rehearsals and other madness.
Left to our own devices in the morning, we decided to explore Malmö. Among other things, our morning adventures included (much to my relief) the discovery of a pastry shop! Sadly, although I had taken a picture of the tasty pastries, the camera seems to have eaten several of the pictures we took today. Ah well; you’ll just have to take my word for it: tastiness.
Whether through luck or fate, we happen to be in Malmö during the last few days of its summer festival. This means there was a carnival*, many musical performers and many, many food vendors.
* At this carnival, I rode on my first-ever ferris wheel. I was extremely proud of myself for not passing out, hyperventilating, or falling out of the bucket. The Boy then informed me that it was a “small” wheel, and that I should one day graduate to a “big” ferris wheel. Hmph.
The Boy and I ran amok through the food stalls, then stopped dead in our tracks to see: A Beavertail Stand. We were a little disappointed not to see any Canadian flags anywhere on it (most food stands proclaimed the country of their foodstuffs), but The Boy felt that he must try one.
They are definitely not the same as their Canadian equivalents. The dough was much harder (hotter oil?), less sweet (by a long shot), and didn’t seem to be made with whole wheat. Still, it’s hard to go very wrong with deep fried dough, and it’s fun to see this local food abroad!
After our culinary adventures, we boarded the train for a 12-minute ride to Lund. Just outside of Malmö, Lund is a smaller, older-style (think cobblestone), more picturesque town, at least in its centre. The Boy was much taken with its quaint charms. I, on the other hand, read somewhere that Lund hosts a working apothecary (read: pharmacy) which has been in operation since the 1500s. I’m not sure if you can tell from my italicizing, but that is awesome and I am dying to find it and photograph the living daylights out of the inside (which has apparently been kept, somewhat, in historic fashion). The 1500s! A working apothecary! I can’t wait to go hunting for it tomorrow.
What else? Why the rehearsal of course! Chrispy and Anna are, after all, getting married upon the morrow! The church is very small and very beautiful, and I’m going to destroy my credit with a completely inadequate picture of it:
After the rehearsal, and many questions from the bridal party (the guys, for some reason, seemed to be okay with being ordered around and accepting what the ladies told them), we headed off to a restaurant for Bakad Potatis, of which I am a great fan. After polishing off my entire potatis, however, I was full for the next 10 hours. Seriously.
Foof. Also at the restaurant, was a tasty flavour of cider (Rekorderlig) which is not available at the LCBO: strawberry lime. It is even tastier than the “Swedish Berry” flavour they do carry!