Gosh, it’s been already a month since my second move to Sweden (temporarily) and you know what that means? It’s high time for a roundup! Yes, I’ll try and write up one for each month to give you a little peek behind the scenes of the life of a travel blogger. But trust me, it’s more normal than you’d expect.
Malmö and the Worst Time to Move to Sweden
A move to Sweden in winter is a rather stupid idea. I remembered why exactly once I arrived and spent an entire week sitting by the window, waiting for enough sunshine to justify going outside. At one point I did because I am no fan of starving by stubbornness.
Another week past and the sun only started coming barely, giving me plenty of time to get work done, which I did all day long (literally when I wake up I check my instagram, make myself a quick oatmeal or mannagrynn – the Swedish version of porridge – and then not move from my desk except for more food and toilet breaks). It was quite a sad time and my productivity plummeted. Turns out working nonstop and not going outside a little bit are bad for your health and mental wellbeing?
The Power of Day Trips
Jokes aside, I started to get a deserved break and headed over to Copenhagen to catch a first hand glimpse of the crocuses that popped up all over my instagram feed. And it was indeed absolutely marvellous. I had no plans, and walked aimlessly, smelling the fresh flowers on the market, eating kanelbullar (cinnamon buns – but if you are more into chocolate, then I’ve got just the recipe for you) by the colourful harbour and a little Danish Easter egg by the castle.
That’s one of the wonderful things about Malmö, it allows you great day trips. You’re can be in Copenhagen Denmark in half an hour, in the next town in 10 minutes and the region of Skane itself has so many gems to offer. But I will wait another month to explore more as then spring will be in full swing and more sunshine coming.
Swedish Easter and Lots of Wicked Witches
Did you know that for Easter kids dress up as witches, don their grandmas handkerchiefs and aprons and roam the streets with brooms going trick or treating? Well, I knew this but during my last move to Sweden I had to work and missed the event. But not this time. Even though the idea of staying in bed all day was very tempting, I made it onto the city bus and went over to Malmö’s sister city Lund to get a first glimpse. Silly me took the wrong bus and it took double the time, though. Well, all the more time to read my latest book.
What I saw when I arrived was just what I expected and more. At the Kulturen in Lund, kids were all dressed up and their faces painted with red cheeks and black freckles, games had been set up all around and while I heard children’s laughter, I had the museum basically all to myself. The Kulturen is a kind of open air museum Swedish houses from the past centuries all in one place with authentic interiors and info on the respective historical periods, including fashion. I actually wanted to move into one house, it was just perfect!