Day One, My Travels to Scandinavia, Land Of The Vikings. A Morning Walk in Malmo Sweden.
Although I am thoroughly excited being, once again in a strange and foreign land, the journey to get here is taking it’s toll on me and my blog will be short. In other words i am exhausted.
I left the United States from the Newark airport and, as always, upon setting foot in the airport my personality changed. I feel like an explorer, like the Vikings who’s land i am visiting. it was a nice flight over but I got almost no sleep.
I arrived in Copenhagen Airport at 7 A.M and found the customs to be as informal and easy as any country i ever entered before. No security guards or intrusive inspections. Just a smile and welcome to Denmark. And getting on the train and traveling to Malmo in Sweden was even easier. I just paid for a ticket and boarded the train.
I arrived in Malmo about 15 minutes later, crossing the Oresund Bridge which now connects the two countries. The folks on the train were so friendly and helpful in directing me were to get off. The only snafu was the escalator wasn’t working and I had to carry mu luggage to street level.
I fell in love with Sweden as soon as I left the train station. I pulled my luggage the three or so blocks to my hotel. the Renaissance , over narrow cobblestone streets lined with shops and old buildings. It was windy and had just stopped raining but the air smelled so fresh.
I arrived around 8:15 A.M so my room wasn’t ready so, of course I went out exploring. I was tired and had no plans but just decided to roam aimlessly until my room was ready; And I saw so much in a couple of hours.
I first walked to Stortorget, a large square dating back to the 1500’s. it was lined with shops, which, being a Sunday, were still closed. As in most squares there were statues of heroes and a town hall.
I next walked through some beautiful parks lined with towering ancient trees along meandering waterways. The park was filled with walkers, runners and bikers. And plenty of birds too. I found a mommy duck huddling next to her cute little ducklings.
There were beautiful gardens and I even found a windmill. I was surprised since i thought they only were found in the Netherlands.
I walked back on the narrow cobblestone streets, many of which were filled with flowers, mainly hollyhocks of all colors. Such a well kept and beautiful city.
I will have to wait until I get home and have more time too share all of the sights and photographs i have taken on just this first day of this adventure. As you can tell i am very excited and really am glad you were able to come along. I need food and sleep so I’ll live you with this link to some more photographs I took in my few hours in this friendly town.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/malmo-sweden-morning-walk-july-26-2015
“To travel is to live.”
― Hans Christian Andersen,