Excursion to Lund

After my “moving to Sweden” session via Zoom and several IKEA meetings from the closet, we were free to catch the train to Lund. I needed a refresher on using the trains so Bryant was our guide.

We are very close to Hyllie station. The lavender plant is thistle, I think. And my guess is they plant it to keep dirt from blowing.

Enjoyed a lovely evening stroll through the botanic gardens. Thinking of our Minneapolis/ St. Paul neighborhoods and school communities and hoping JUSTICE will bring peace. ❤️

Hyllie

The temporary apartment we have is in the Hyllie neighborhood, walking distance from Bryant’s IKEA offices. He tried working from home (the walk-in closet!) but that was less than ideal, so he will try to take meetings at the Malmö office when possible even though the majority are working from home. Here is the path from our apartment building toward IKEA. We are on the edge of the new development, and the farm with the rainbow is along the bike path.

The Mall

We browsed the local mall again today and saw these two shops with odd sounding English translations.

Needy stuff only!… whaaat?

And then this place with soft serve ice cream. Is that an American thing? I guess Dairy Queen might have pioneered that style.

It says American Spin Cream – the kids were embarrassed at my taking photos so I had to get it from a distance!

Side note, I’ve only seen two people wearing masks since we left the airport. Funny how quickly we adjusted to the idea of wearing them. Now it seems wrong to be going in public without them. But if we are the only ones wearing them is it worth the bother? The kids rebelled and I relented fairly quickly. It was drawing unwanted attention to us. We agreed to carry them to put on in any indoor place with more than a few people. And we have to carry our own sanitizer and wipes with us because stores don’t provide them. But there are plenty available to buy in the grocery store near us.

Border Blues

Our luggage can’t get here until Wednesday- something to do with borders between Germany, Denmark and Sweden. So we bought a few more things at the Mall and washed more clothes. But I’m missing home.

Bryant’s “work-from-home” office was going to be the giant walk-in closet, and we didn’t realize until his first meeting that the light is tied into the door so when closed, the light is off and can only be turned on by opening the door, very clever, but not what we need at the moment! No windows, and no lamps that aren’t wired into the wall so the door has to stay open.

Lily made brunch of smoked salmon and eggs with dilled creme sauce and roe, thankfully, because there are no salt and pepper shakers in the apartment so the roe added some saltiness. The place is not really set up like an airbnb, just very basic furnishings. But so far so good!

Malmö apartment

Jen-Jill found a cozy place to hang out in Lily’s room.

We are managing pretty well without our checked bags. After a nap, Bryant and I headed to the mall, only a block away, to get some necessities. The apartment has a nice washer and dryer and two showers but no soaps, cleaning or paper products. The girls get to have their own rooms, and the courtyard with bike parking and green roof is also pretty cool!

Meet Jen-Jill…

Sophia’s doll, Jen-Jill, is ready for an adventure. Drum roll, please… she and her dog are joining us on our move to Sweden! Watch for her travel updates. Tomorrow is the big day- St Paul to DC to Frankfurt to Copenhagen, and finally, across the Oresund bridge to Malmö. 🇸🇪🥂

Shipping Day!

The crate for Sweden is on its way! We’re confident it’s under the weight limit of 900 lbs. And, yes, we brought a few bags of rocks from the north shore and many books! It should arrive at the house we’re renting in Lund in 3-4 weeks, where it will be waiting for us until the house is available August 1.

Back in the USA

So, I got back to the US on May 9, after some serious airline adventures. I had an IcelandAir ticket that got cancelled. When I called, they said I needed to call back 48 hrs before the original flight. I did this, and ended up on a multi-leg route from Copenhagen to Amsterdam to Atlanta to Minneapolis. At each leg, I had to re-affirm my valid reason for travel. When we got to Atlanta, we had to stay on the plane and wait for the CDC to come on and take our temps while getting a health disclosure.

I am supposed to self-quarantine for 2 weeks, but we have to move stuff out of a house, pack a shipping crate to Sweden, ship bikes to Sweden, close on the house, pack clothes for moving, and get everybody on another flight all inside of 2 weeks. So, we will see how that goes.

The biggest bummer is that due to COVID and quarantine, I can’t really see the people that I miss (other than my family – who are the most important!) for final farewells! I am sad about that!