if i had another chance tonight.
Malmo Travel Blog› entry 17 of 29 › view all entries
October 22nd, 2007 – by: lauro
i stood up and went straight to the kitchen, in mikael's house, i feel like i am at home, mikael treats his guests like his bestfriend, a long time friend or a relative.
in the kitchen everything was prepared - breakfast or brunch wathever you call it, sunny side up eggs - which are my favorite, bacon, bread, butter and tea. then suddenly mikael stood up, because we dont have a juice on the table, he went out out, then came back with a carton of orange juice.
in brunch, we decided that after eating, mikael is going to show me malmö, like a citizen from malmö - that got me excited.
so after our long brunch, it was time for us to go sightseeing around malmö!
mikael asked me what do i want to see, and i always say what's the best - surprise me.
mikael showed me first his neighborhood, in front of his house, is a large brick building that was a chocolate factory before. and his area is the most colorful neighborhood in malmö, because it is where the foreigners are concentrated.
we went around it, mikael was telling me a lot of history about malmö, i couldnt keep them all in mind, as i have to walk fast too to keep up with his big strides.
next stop for us was going to malmö's largest park, called pildammsparken, it was beautiful! inside it was the statue of nils, of the swedish fairytale, the wonderful adventures of nils. the park was big! it has a big man made lake there. mikael told me that there was a time that the people of malmö and sweden itself were very poor. to travel abroad was really expensive, so what they did was that they build so many huge parks in the city, so that the people in summer can relax on them. how ingenius! today, malmö is the greenest and most livable city in sweden.
after our walk in pildammsparken, we went to the center of malmö, the scandinavian cities, the netherlands and some cities in northern germany are very similar to each other, so i really really felt at home.
seeing the old town of malmö, it was amazing! a canal divides the the old town, with amazing, i dont know how to call the old structures in scandinavia. gothic? someone told me before but i forgot.
in the center is a big plaza with the city hall, a magnificent architecture. all around me were tall swedes! but there are lots of immigrant foreigners too from southeastern europe, so they are almost tall as me! hahaha i thought i was the smallest person in the neighborhood! hahahaha. when i saw the statues of the orchestra, i was playing with it like a child, i swear i saw mikael pretending he didnt knew me! hahahaha.
after that, i wanted to see the turning torso, but mikael wouldnt budge, he wanted to show to me more of malmö! ok then! after that episode, mikael lead me into small streets, then into a plaza with lots of cobblestones on them, apprently this is the oldest part of malmö, with small narrow streets, amazing old architectures of the houses - then suddenly were turning away from the area and into another park! its not that huge as pildammsparken, but its still huge! inside the park the river winds through it and mikael led me towards an old windmill! the park is called kungspark. and from there, the turning torso can be seen!
aarghhhh but mikael was teasing me, we walked in circles around kungsparken, towards the famous hall for swedish baths, then finally into västra hammnen where the turning torso is located.
the turning torso was designed by the world famous architect santiago calatrava, in the area, it was a posh residential and office buildings and in the promenade, you can see copenhagen, denmark and the öresund bridge! amazing! because in demark, you cannot see malmö and the öresund bridge because in that area is a protected natural reserve, so if you want to see the öresund bridge from afar and its length, it has got to be in malmö!
now, tiredness took its toll on me, WEVE BEEN WALKING ONLY WALKING IN THE CITY we didnt took any public transportation. i asked mikael why is it that malmö doenst have any trams, he told me that before they have and in the old days, it was pulled by horses in a big wheel, sort of somethign like that! hahaha so again i was wide eyed and amazed.
in autumn, the promenade was basically deserted as it was very called already and next to the promenade is the ribersborg, a shallow beach for which the people in summer can sun and take a dip.
now, i am really tired and hungry too, weve been walking for like 4 hours now. so we decided to go back, mikael lead me to some industrial area back to the center, because i wanted first to buy tickets going back to copenhagen in denmark, so we went around in västra hamnområdet, it has a different dimensional view of the turning torso.
from there we walked till the central station, and from the central station, bought tickets back to copenhagen denmark, it costed me about 120 swedish kroner and i would leave at 7:00 pm.
from the central station, i asked mikael if we could grabe something to eat as my legs now are weak and i need rice, because i havent eaten rice for the past 2 days.
back at mikael' home, i took a shower and packed my things. i was only 2 days in sweden, but i felt i had seen it all with mikael ay my guide! he was so well informed about his country, that talking to him, is touring whole sweden itself.
when mikael took me to the bus stop going back to the central station, i hugged him and thanked him for the wonderful time i had in sweden, for all the things he organized for me, i would certainly bring the favor back to him.
when the bus came, i got in, said goodbye to mikael, i know this goodbye would not mean forever, that i wouldnt return quickly, but to savor all the memories i had in a very short stay in sweden.
i was in the bus, and i was in my deep thoughts, familiar places passed me by. until i came to the central station.
when my train to copenhagen came this may sound ridiculous, as dusk was appraoching, i had tears in my eyes, i dont want to leave sweden.
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