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far across the desert in the sky.
i woke up late, about 10 am, i was awoken by the smell of bacons being fried in the kitchen. i slept like theres neverending, even if a plane crashed above me i would never wake!

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.
the fading light of day.
but first we talked alot about the politics in scandinavia, the european union and the schengen agreement from sweden's point of view, it may seem boring, but i never felt bored.

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.
beautiful october skies of sweden.


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.
very well layed out, patterned, but not boring. i had been so excited going here to the center of the city, because mikael showed me earlier sculptures, a band playing, called the orchestra.

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.
micki cooking breakfast :D


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.
so we went into this small chinese fastfood, where you can order for about 30 swedish kroner, fried rice and 2 toppings, it was delicious, mikael looked at me as i looked like a cannibal devouring flesh! hahahahaha.

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.
CFD says:
PS: I really wanted to see you in Cologne , but the airfares from germany was three times higher than the ones from Czech (Weird, its further away) so the choice was easy. Did meet Hanie in Berlin tough :)
Posted on: Jan 09, 2008
CFD says:
I just cant see why you would choose Malmoe off all places to fell in love with. Its many years since Ive been there, but its just a normal little city. (For Scandinavian measures). But return in the midsummer (Jun21) and youll see 18hours or sunlight or more , depending on how far north you are :)
Posted on: Jan 09, 2008
lauro says:
scott! to be honest, i really had 25 bucks in my wallet, for emergency, in case my card doenst work :P hahahaha
Posted on: Oct 28, 2007
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far across the desert in the sky.
far across the desert in the sky.
the fading light of day.
the fading light of day.
beautiful october skies of sweden.
beautiful october skies of sweden.
micki cooking breakfast :D
micki cooking breakfast :D
the neighborhood which i stayed fo…
the neighborhood which i stayed f…
a new subway system.
a new subway system.
the orchestra.
the orchestra.
the orchestra situated in the midd…
the orchestra situated in the mid…
walking with my bestfriend.
walking with my bestfriend.
the most beautiful park in malmö
the most beautiful park in malmö
a childrens book hero - where he …
a children's book hero - where he…
its about to poke me :D
its about to poke me :D
the turning torso, designed by san…
the turning torso, designed by sa…
the view of the oresund bridge fro…
the view of the oresund bridge fr…
october skies and the oresund brid…
october skies and the oresund bri…
the oresund bridge across the ores…
the oresund bridge across the ore…
i am loved like a whore from at le…
i am loved like a whore from at l…
the turning torso.
the turning torso.
modern ales stenar?
modern ales stenar?
Malmo
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