Malmo, Sweden, is not where my trip to Europe began, but it is pretty close.
After a brief two days in Copenhagen, Denmark, I went to stay with my friend Myra in Lund.
I remember having trouble adjusting to the new timezones in Europe. I would sleep until noon, not make it out of the house until 1 pm, then find that the sun set in Sweden at around 3 pm. I never really got to see Sweden in the daylight as much as I would have liked to.
Then one day, we took a day trip to Malmo, to see one of her friends for dinner.
A train ride from Lund to Malmo is around 12 minutes. It was amazing to see another fully formed city with a square and established businesses within such a short distance.
In other big cities such as Berlin, it takes much longer to get to another suburb by train. Why are some cities bigger geographically? I am not an expert in urban sprawl, but I liked seeing the differences myself firsthand.
Anyway, here is what Malmo looks like:
One thing that stuck out to me the most was the design and the architecture.
We went into this furniture store which was full of fresh and inspiring ideas.
Usually, travellers don't like "consumerism" because buying more things means more things to carry around with them. Most hardcore travellers I know/ read about don't usually hang around the urban shopping centres, but I find this tragic because when a store is artfully done, it's like going to a design museum- for free!
This Swedish store we were in even offered free tea and coffee.
While we were in Malmo, they also had some sort of festival. Candles were being lit in the streets.
And there was a market of vintage/ handmade things in the square.
We settled down for a coffee break, went grocery shopping and then night set in.
Here is a photo of our dinner: salad, lasagna, ginger cookies and Swedish tea.