Blogs from Malmö, Skåne, Sweden, Europe


Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Malmö June 21st 2019

When your contracts run out at work and you are to be unemployed for the next 3.5 months, perhaps choose somewhere cheap to celebrate no longer receiving a salary. Or, go to Scandinavia. And live off falafel. Sharing a single beer in four days. The flights were cheap. Edinburgh to Copenhagen return costing about £50. We could pop straight over to Sweden for a couple of days then have the second couple of days in Copenhagen. But why there? I may have previously mentioned parkrun in these blogs ( This free weekly 5 km run/walk/jog is great but can become a bit of an obsession. We are not even close to the levels of obsession some people have though we do choose to wake up at 7am on Saturday mornings – we get up ... read more
Malmo Town Hall
Malmö Ribersborg parkrun start line
National Sweden Day celebrations in Malmo

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Malmö June 6th 2019

Not a good night’s sleep. The hotel has my pet hate; the flimsy bed/mattress topper combo. Every time the old man turns over, it’s like riding a small tsunami. And don’t get me started on the ripple effects from his farts. And there’s no a/c so we have our own personal Swedish sauna. Today is Swedish National day, which means parkrun on a Thursday. The start is 2 miles away, so first I have to work out how to get there when walking is such a chore. Google maps suggests an electric scooter. I consider it, but can’t work out whether to lead with my good or bad leg. So opt for a good old fashioned bus. I leave in plenty of time in case anything goes wrong, which it does. My card is declined and ... read more
Ribersborg parkrun

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Malmö June 5th 2019

We’re off to Scandinavia for a long weekend of parkruns. We booked it before I fell over in Poland and smashed my knee. It seemed like a much better idea when I had 2 working legs. But I reckon it’ll just about be manageable with the correct amount of painkillers and alcohol. The cheap tickets out of Stansted at stupid o’clock aren’t so cheap when you add fuel, an airport hotel, car parking and the taxi to the terminal. Security is high. They’ve invested in new scanning equipment (presumably something to do with Donald Trump’s arrival) and they’re determined to get their money’s worth. With my dodgy knee I can’t spread my legs wide enough to stand on the designated foot markings for the body scan, which means I need an old fashioned pat down (she ... read more

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Malmö June 21st 2018

This morning was wet and cold in Stockholm So after another delicious breakfast (got to make myself a waffle!) I was on a mission to find an electronics store that stocks Apple products amongst other things. I haven't been able to connect my Nikon camera to my iPad to download photos and I also wanted to buy a European charger with multi USB ports. It really wasn't pleasant outside but after going around in circles (I call this 'sightseeing') I eventually found a shop where I could purchase the charger and the guy helpfully pointed me in the right direction for an Apple authorised dealer. Note to self: don't be in a Scandinavian country when purchasing items you could have bought at home $$$$. Being quite wet at this stage, I stopped off at the same ... read more
My view from the train!
Delicious dinner in Malmö
Malmö Lilla Torg

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Malmö June 15th 2018

Bonjour à tous, Excellente journée, très agréable, et diversifiée. J'ai continué ma visite de Copenhague, ce matin, d'une manière assez peu conventionnelle. Avec mon problème de prune hier au soir, j'ai voulu, tenter de négocier, et pour cela j'ai chercher sur le net police Copenhague, J'ai relevé plusieurs adresses de ''commissariat'', et je m'y suis rendu. Les deux premiers je ne les ai jamais trouvé, le troisième, c'était la police criminelle. J'ai fini par demander à une auto patrouille, et ils m'ont répondu, ce que je pensais, c'est le service des parcmètres de la ville, et contact uniquement par téléphone. Là je suis pas capable. Mais mon ami Pierre Fradin me dit de laisser tomber, les français ont d'autres chats à fouettés. Donc avec tout ça et bien j'ai fait un joli tour de ville, des ... read more
Amalienborg Slotsplads
un beau couple Danois
trop mignon

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Malmö June 27th 2017

When you click on the Copenhagen option at the automated kiosk in the Malmö train station, it asks if you'd like to travel by ferry or by bridge, failing to clarify that the bridge option would involve a train, rather than a bus, shuttle, or who knows what else. But I guess this is obvious to anyone who lives nearby; it must have been a big deal when that connector was finished, as you can now travel between the cities in as little as 36 minutes. Commuters and Guns n Roses concert goers were fully taking advantage, making for the most jean jackets and suits I've ever seen in one place. There's nothing much to see in Malmö, but the town center is charming and the city parks are the best I've ever seen. Kungsparken is ... read more
A perfect day
Ducks and bubbling water
Park wetlands

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Malmö December 26th 2016

After a whirlwind tour of Copenhagen, it was onto the third largest Swedish city of Malmo, by rail over the Oresund bridge, and a journey which makes it all so clear as to just how close in proximity these two nations are, despite them not actually sharing a land border. The route was planned, but all had to be achieved in a compressed timescale, so to avoid toing and froing, the first port of call was Malmo Arean, and more specifically the shopping Mall known as Emporia, purported to be Scandinavia's largest. Emporia has the most unique exterior design of any shopping mall you care to mention, and it best described as a curvaceous chunk cut out of a huge rectangular mass of exterior, to a euphorically-eye-catching extent. With such a tremendous exterior, expectations might be ... read more
Local church (Malmo; Sweden)
Cathedral (Malmo; Sweden)
Great architecture (Malmo; Sweden)

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Malmö October 9th 2016

There’s really not much to write, because we treated this time unashamedly as R&R after what was always going to be the most tiring part of the trip. I was starting to become very noisy with coughing fits, and spent a lot of time doing very little. Thought about visiting a local doctor but was pretty sure that this was a virus, so what can you do? A couple of walks around their neighbourhood and a family cycling excursion down to a waterside café (past the park where Matt plays footy, goalposts still up and perplexing the locals) were about as active as we got. Matt and Nelly were so welcoming, setting up their living room as our bedroom each night, feeding us very well and letting us play with their children (!) Gracie and Mike ... read more
Nearing the city
After lunch
Gracie poised

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Malmö July 23rd 2016

Gestern habe ich wieder gut gefruehstueckt. Es gab Corn Flakes, Butter und warme weiche Eier. Alles prima. Danach bin ich zum Stockholmer Hauptbahnhof und habe dort im Starbucks auf meinen Zug gewartet. Ziel war Malmö. Nach Malmö möchte ich weiter nach Göteborg und Kopenhagen. Die geographisch unlogische Reihenfolge erklärt sich aus den merkwurdig hohen Hotelpreisen in Göteborg in den Tagen zuvor, also in der Zeit, die ich in jetzt Malmö verbringe. Also nehme ich halt 3 weitere Stunden im Zug in Kauf. Die Fahrt verlief abgesehen von ein paar technischen Problemen und einer daraus resultierenden Verspätung problemlos. Der Zug war komfortabel und das WLAN funktionierte einwandfrei. In Malmö hatte ich wieder ein ordentliches Hotel in Fussreichweite vom Bahnhof. Fuer die Sauna war es zu spät, daher habe ich nach den Nachrichten, in denen die Muenchner Geschichte ... read more
In der Innenstadt von Malmö.
In der Innenstadt von Malmö.
Der schöne Bahnhof Stockholm Central.

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Malmö July 23rd 2015

If you thought that Farewell Spit sounded like an abusive way to say 'goodbye' then the Curonian Spit is Europe's answer to it. The Curonian Spit is about 100km long, currently belongs to two countries (having changed hands about 7 or 8 times in the last 100 years), a couple of km wide, and made mostly of sand held together by pine plantations. Just across from the Lithuanian end of the spit is the port of Klaipeda (previously known as 'Memel' if you're older than Dickie). I took a bus ride to Klaipeda from Riga, and had a few hours to look around the town. In the 20th century it belonged to Russia/Soviet Union and Germany about 3 times each, and to Lithuania twice. The following lovely sunny day I hired a bicycle and took a ... read more
almost 90 miles of beach
beach, sand-dunes, and pine forest

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