On Hopping a Quick Train to Sweden


Europe is marvelous. Yesterday, we hopped on a train from Copenhagen, took a bridge across the Øresund Strait, and arrived in Malmo, Sweden. Intellectually, I know this is not all that different from driving between Nevada and California, but taking a morning jaunt to another country just has more panache, even if the city itself didn’t.

In about an hour, my new couchsurfing friends and I covered basically all the sites of Malmo: the “Turning Torso” skyscraper, the delightful “Non Violence” statue, the picturesque town square, and some nondescript beautiful old buildings.

Since Laura wanted to ‘check in’ on facebook, we resorted to Burger King (my first American fast food of the trip!) because they had free wifi. Oddly, Burger King in Sweden was running an “American Road Trip” seasonal special, and yesterday was the last day of the Texas Barbeque burger. Naturally, I had to try it. And I’m not saying it wasn’t decent, but it really wasn’t worth the $11.50 I had to pay for it. (Denmark and Sweden are so expensive!)

Granted, I’m not sure I would have been any better off getting a salad out of the vending machine (!?!?) in the train station. But that was an option, too.

All in all, the statue was my favorite, and the train station was neat, and we were back in Copenhagen for me to catch the 2:00 pm walking tour. And now I can say I’ve been to Sweden. Check!


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