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Oresund Bridge between Copenhagen and Malmo

It's off to Sweden today!  We bought tickets for an 8 hour tour today -- but to Elsinor (the Castle where Shakespeare staged Hamlet); a ferry to Lund, Sweden; a bus back to Malmo and then the train across the Baltic to return us to Copenhagen.  We walked down to the Palace Hotel near Tivoli Gardens and waited for our 9:45 bus.  The bus never came though, as there had been a mix up when they sold us the tickets.  This particular tour only goes on Saturday and it was Thursday.  Further, this time of year, this tour is only on Saturdays and we'll be gone by then.  Ugh!

Scott and I headed for a coffee shop to warm up and come up with a Plan B (Paul stayed behind today to do some work).

Took the bridge to Malmo, Sweden for lunch.
  We studied our maps and the train schedules and figured out we could still go see a tiny piece of Sweden by catching a train to Malmo across the Oresund Bridge.  A round trip ticket cost us $28USD.  So, off to Sweden we went!

The train went by the Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) and then across the Oresund Bridge.  The bridge is 16km long and is the longest bridge in Europe that is an international crossing.  It was a quick crossing, about 30 minutes.  Since we are still in the EU, there was no passport control, and no stamp.  We did have to switch Danish Kronors for Swedish Kronors.  Both Denmark and Sweden kept their own currencies despite joining the EU, a la Britain. 

We walked up into the town center from the train station and took a few pictures at the Main Square.

Train Station in Malmo
  Found a nice spot for lunch called "Chili's" (not the American chain restaurant), and we had a burger with chiles, bacon and cheese and a good Swedish beer (Spendrup).  It tasted great after the long morning in the cold.   Scottie was freezing and under-dressed, so we had to stop and find him a sweater at a local men's store.

I managed to find a Swedish shot glass for my collection and a couple of postcards and we decided to head back to Denmark.  It was a quick trip for lunch, but still a fun thing to do since we were so close!  On our train trip back we were in a car with two couples from Washington, DC and New York.  One of the wives was a non-stop talker!  Lots of questions and chatter.  Scottie tuned her out, so she focused on me and I couldn't get her to stop!

We got back to our hotel around 4pm and got caught up with Paul  We went down to the hotel bar for a drink and ended up having a great conversation with the bartender there.

Swedish Flag over Hotel SAS
  She's recent immigrant to Denmark from Romania (Transylvania actually).  She had a lot of interesting stories about living behind the iron curtain, the former communist regime in Romania and the life after the fall of the iron curtain.  I really enjoyed talking with her.

Dinner tonight was at an Italian restaurant called La Rocca.  We had a fun waiter named Marco.  We did the four course tasing menu, paired with wines.  I had a nice salad, proscuitto with melon, then a superb steak.  Dessert was a tiramisu.  Very nice! 

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Took the bridge to Malmo, Sweden f…
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Train Station in Malmo
Train Station in Malmo
Swedish Flag over Hotel SAS
Swedish Flag over Hotel SAS
King Karl Gustav
King Karl Gustav
Malmo
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