Yesterday, a bunch of us decided to make a day trip to Malmö, Sweden! And by a bunch of us, I mean 16 people! Needless to say it was hectic, but it was so much fun!
We started at 8:00 this morning, some of us walked to the train station and took a train to Copenhagen Central, where we met up with the rest of the group. We tried to catch a train to Malmö, but promptly lost half the group before we even boarded. In then end, 4 people boarded, but the other 12 didn’t. We wound up catching up with them in Malmö.
We decided to wander towards the city center and found St. Petri Kyrka, aka St. Peter’s Church. A beautiful old building but unique because it’s made to look half-traditional and half-modern on the inside. It was also neat because we were immediately great by two lovely priestesses! I think I’ve encountered one or two priestesses in Canada, but not in the same church, and not so casually! It was great!
After that, we headed for the city square, Stortorget, observed some strange sculptures and realized that getting there so early on a Sunday morning had one problem: nothing was open.
We decided to head towards a Museum that was likely to be open a tad earlier, when one member of the group came running towards us after talking to a local Swede. He seemed very excited about a “Castle Museum with Fish in the basement” so we started walking there. It turned out to be Malmohus, which used to be a castle, but now houses a museum on geology, the history of Malmö, and an aquarium.
On our way there, we passed through Kungsparken, which means the King’s Park, a hint that we were getting close to the castle.
Right next to the castle was Slottsträdgården, a huge garden (complete with a windmill) that used to belong to the locals, but now is owned by the city.
On the other side of the castle, we could see The Turning Torso, the tallest skyscraper in the Nordic countries. We were able to get some cool pictures of two different eras at once.
In the museum, we were able to get an amazing deal on tickets since we were students and a group of over 10 people. We wound up paying about $2 each! (It’s normally $8 each, but that’s still an amazing price!) The museum is huge, I’d recommend checking it out!
We started in a temporary exhibit on frog photography, which was interesting.
We continued into an exhibit on Malmö during WW1 (since it’s been 100 years since then) and learn a lot about the neutral north, since all the Scandinavian countries decided to follow Switzerland’s lead.
After that, we looked at several exhibits on the castle when the Danes ruled over Malmö. This piece of land, Scania, was fought over a lot by the Swedes and Danes. The Danes ruled there for a long time, but lost a war in the 1700s and now Scania is part of Sweden.
Speaking of losing things, this was about the point where our group split up again. There was a toy exhibit with lots of children in it, and some people thought it was a play area and turned around while the others went ahead and saw the other exhibits.
First there was a cannon tower, where the castle was defended. There was even a suit of armour hanging from the ceiling!
Then there was the prison exhibit, which included sound effects, moving fake bats when you peeped through one of the doors, and a live mouse wandering around in probably the coolest mouse cage I’ve seen. Other than the mouse, that part was super creepy and I was glad to get out!
After that, we had lunch (and found the rest of the group), briefly looked through the geology section. There were tons of cool animals, but my favourite was the fish section with fish sticks (There’s a prime example of Nordic humour).
We headed back into town to check out the shops. On the way in we saw a British food store, which I had no check out, no questions asked. I got some delicious bourbon cookies (chocolate cookies, not the liqueur), and a couple british chocolates. You know, I’ve been to France and Belgium and Italy, but British chocolate is still my favourite! This store also had a lot of Australian food, and we had an Australian girl with us and she was very excited to get Tim Tams and Vegemite.
Next we went to a little souvenir shop, where I got some nice Swedish postcards and debated getting a little Swedish Moose. When I turned around to meet the group outside, I realized that it was my turn to get lost. I looked around the square and the group was nowhere to be seen! To make matters worse, our phone plans only worked in Denmark, so no one had cell service! Fortunately, I was a five-minute walk from the train station, so I went back there and they had internet. I sent them a message on facebook and hoped they would also find wifi! I went back to the shop and looked around the square and had no luck, so I went back to the train station. I checked my facebook and made contact! Within half an hour they were back at the station, ready to head home.
At the end of the day, I was glad I brought a book! But I also was so glad I got to come to Malmö with these lovely people!