Sundsvall day 2, and our last.

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Alex, Ingela's 14 year old having breakfast before going to school.

Monday 01 Sept 2008

 

Slept very well last night, maybe it was the wine, and I was ready for our next adventure here in Sundsvall. We had a typical Swedish breakfast of bread, cheese, thin sliced meats, and coffee. Lars had to go to work, and their two kids, Alex who is 13 and Erik who is 5, are off to school today.

After breakfast and a shower in their very nice bathroom, we decided to go downtown to the main square to check out all the stores and shops. It was another beautiful day and actually a bit warmer than usual, about 65–70 degrees f.

While we were walking around town, I noticed they had small statues of dragons scattered all around town, just like Gävle has goat statues.

They are also sponsored by the various businesses and groups from this town. Of course I took pictures of all of the dragons I could fine. After much walking around, a stop at the large fountain in the center of town, and a rest on a bench in the sun, we had lunch at this little place that specializes in Gyros. Swedish Gyros are similar to the Greek version, but different. It’s hard to explain, but they are very very good! There are many variations of how you can get them and what condiments they are served with, but mainly you get them served either as a wrap or on a platter. Lena got hers as a wrap, and Ingela and I got ours on a platter. We sat outside, ate our very tasty lunch, and just watched the people walk by. Some of the fashions were very interesting, and familiar. Seems the 80’s are making a strong comeback!

After lunch, we started back to the car where we saw a man sleeping on a hand railing right next to the small river that flows through town.

Downtown Sundsvall
At first I didn’t think he was asleep, and I took his picture, but right after I took the picture and turn away, both Lena and Ingela gasped. As I turned around, he was sitting up, and Lena and Ingela said he almost fell off the railing into the river. I guess he was asleep or maybe just resting, but what a strange place to take a nap! After that, we decided to take a drive just outside of town to a new shopping mall they just built not to long ago.

It only took about 10 minutes to get to the mall, and when I saw it, it looked just like any large mall you would see back in the States. There was of course an IKEA attached to one end, but we didn’t go in there. We walked the two story mall checking out all the stores which were mostly clothing with a few shoe, electronics, and knickknack stores mixed in.

They have the best ice cream!
There was also a food court, but since we already had lunch, we made a stop at the ice cream shop. They had some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted! We sat outside, finished our ice cream, and then headed back to the house to pack up our stuff to catch our train back to Gävle. Lena and I definitely were not ready to go, and could of spent a few more days here in this lovely little town. It was so relaxing here and we can’t wait to come back! Ingela drove us to the train station, we said our goodbyes, and we were on our way, hopefully with no unexpected detours!

The train ride to Gävle was nice with no problems. We arrived in Gävle on time and walked to mom’s to have dinner with her. After a very nice dinner, we headed back to Göran’s house and called it a night. What a great trip and we can’t wait to visit Sundsvall again!

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Alex, Ingelas 14 year old having …
Alex, Ingela's 14 year old having…
Downtown Sundsvall
Downtown Sundsvall
They have the best ice cream!
They have the best ice cream!
Ingelas bathroom with a very larg…
Ingela's bathroom with a very lar…
The very nice shower. Its like st…
The very nice shower. It's like s…
Their backyard.
Their backyard.
The back of their house.
The back of their house.
Mushrooms growing in their backyar…
Mushrooms growing in their backya…
Downtown Sundsvall
Downtown Sundsvall
This store had all kinds of cool s…
This store had all kinds of cool …
The fountain in the center of town.
The fountain in the center of town.
Lena
Lena
Me and Ingela
Me and Ingela
My Gyro platter...yummmy!!
My Gyro platter...yummmy!!
Lenas wrap.
Lena's wrap.
The 80s are back!!
The 80's are back!!
The girls said he was asleep, and …
The girls said he was asleep, and…
Right after he almost fell.
Right after he almost fell.
Ice cream!
Ice cream!
...and more ice cream!
...and more ice cream!
IKEA next to the mall.
IKEA next to the mall.
The mall
The mall
Lena and Ingela at the train stati…
Lena and Ingela at the train stat…
Scenery from the train as we are h…
Scenery from the train as we are …
Scenery from the train as we are h…
Scenery from the train as we are …
Scenery from the train as we are h…
Scenery from the train as we are …
Scenery from the train as we are h…
Scenery from the train as we are …
Sundsvall
photo by: Koralifix