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
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
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