The money here is a challenge. Tried to purchase a bag of roasted almonds from one of the street vendors, but couldn’t work out what I was paying when he said it was 60 Kr. As it turns out, there are about fifteen of our cents for every kroner (kronen?), so those almonds would have been in the neighborhood of nine dollars. But getting a dinner bill over 900 Kr can take some of the joy out of a meal, I’ll tell you. It means a body carries a wad of pretty big bills around, too. And alcohol is EXTREMELY expensive. I won’t even disclose what we paid for a bottle of wine at dinner last night. Again, tends to take some of the delight out of a nice bottle of wine.
Malmo, Sweden Pt. 1
Malmo is an interesting place. There is a street festival happening, which has filled the square with vendors, booths and tastings. Apparently, there is music at night, but we have not participated.
Tons of construction speaks to a place growing – but makes it less picturesque than I like. Malmo boasts the tallest building in Northern Europe. There are carnivals and rides and special no-car areas due to the Fest. Way too many peeps, IMHO, but quite international. Our waiter at dinner last night (Lemongrass Asian cuisine) compared Malmo to Chicago, and Stockholm to NYC. The meal, by the way, was extraordinary, but quite expensive. It was definitely high-ticket, and quite a memorable meal and atmosphere.
Here are some Malmo pix, about half, and I’ll post the other half shortly.
Seen from the train
En route to Copenhagen for our connection to Malmo, our stop for the night, and our first “official” night of our Baltic Adventure. We should arrive in the early afternoon, and be able to rent a bike for a bit of touring.
Seen fr the train:
Four cranes in a dewy pasture – gray with (I think) a strip of red on the heads
Went thru Lubeck (w/an umlat over the ‘u’), Germany, for which Lubbock, TX is named; thought about Bob & Bretza Mooty
8:21: first sighting of the Baltic Sea
A buteo (buzzard? redtail?) sitting on a fence post)
A thatched-roof house
HUGE wind turbines
Crows in the stubblefields: I’m looking forward to flying CJ again
A deer in a stubblefield
Puttgarden, last stop in Germany; next, we ride the train onto the ferry, leave the train for the 45 min. crossing (hoping I don’t get seasick), then re-enter the train for the rest of the ride to Copenhagen
Re-board the train and exit the ferry at Rodby, Denmark (there’s a Danish slash thru the ‘o’ in Rodby) – should be lots of water to be seen during the 2-hour ride to Copenhagen
A half-buried building, like a bunker, with the sea-facing side totally underground, and the train-facing side half-exposed
Acres and acres of small greenhouses, or maybe big greenhouses with small roofs – covering rows and rows of plants, reminiscent of Netherlands