Getting settled

The last few times I attempted to update, the posts failed. My tech guy has been very busy with work (he didn’t get his full Swedish Summer but is meant to have some time off later) so I’m not sure what’s going wrong. IKEA is WFH until January and we’re off to a challenging start with internet failure and competition for space and quiet zones. But the kids start school in person next Tuesday! We had a wonderful road trip around the southern half of Sweden, including Stockholm, which I’ll try to include in later posts. For now, we’re getting to know Lund. The City Park is very impressive, with a lake, many little fountains and plazas, a cafe, skatepark, a bird exhibit with finches, parakeets and chickens. even a meditation labyrinth.

Kayaking day

Staying at Två Skyttlar (two shuttles, named for the weaving this area is known for). Mark Municipality, the fabric kingdom. “The Mark” from the word for border between Denmark and Sweden.

Bry and kids are out on lake vastra Öresjön, hoping to beat the afternoon rain showers, while I kick back to enjoy the view and earn my fika by trekking up and down the big slope from the cabins to the lake!

My sweater blanket is proving its worth!

Other views of TS

The sign tells about mill ruins and remains of Stone Age (around 8500 bc) and Iron Age settlements all found along this brook, due to the area’s excellent resources (trout fishing in this brook?!) According to google translate.


Finally changed the 100 kronor. Here’s some more Swedish currency. This one features Evert Taube, poet and musician. And the all important 5 and 10 kronor coins!

Bryant is still working so we continue our low-key exploration of Hyllie and other areas of Malmö.

Here is the edge of the developed area, where the parks and trails are being developed. Interesting to see how they make the landscaping look so natural, when it’s actually very planned.

More horse farms, the bee hives, interesting hedge, and the big raspberry patch, which we will keep checking!

Wildflowers… greylag geese (feeding on slugs, we think!)


Looks like they’ll finish our road and courtyard around the time that we move!

This is our building entrance and our bedroom windows. We left them open during work hours one day and found our beds and everything covered with a layer of grit- yuck! They’ve been working nonstop since we arrived, digging massive holes for pipes and stuff under the road. Now they’re nearly done with cutting and laying pavers, a loud, messy job right outside our windows on both sides of the building. Luckily we can escape to the rural part of Hyllie with just a short walk.

Minneapolis Expats

Today we met up with a nice couple who moved here from Minneapolis. They’ve been in Malmö since October so we had a great time comparing notes on local amenities and our experiences with relocating. They are tons of fun and a great resource! They live near the Turning Torso. We walked through Stor Torget, which is also on the little map. The rides are a temporary summer thing. And the wind is so strong here I don’t think I’d ever risk the Ferris wheel! Hyllie is the second train stop out from Central Station. The red x is about where the library is, and Lilla Torg is a favorite for restaurants with covered outdoor seating, especially this week with all the rain predicted.

I’m finally getting around to finding some cash for the few things that require it. These are the first Kronor I’ve seen… the rate is about 10 sek to one dollar. So I need to find a store that takes cash in order to break down these bills. What I need are small coins of 5 or 10 kronor (crowns) for use in coin operated machines, for bathrooms and storage lockers, etc.

Cash is generally not used at all in Sweden. The intention is to eliminate coins and paper gradually. I think their currency is fun, though! They feature cultural icons rather than political figures. These are Greta Garbo and Birgit Nilsson with Jen-Jill.

Decaf- pffft

Bryant tried to order decaf coffee and the waiter scoffed at him.

Eating dinner at gamlastad- old city Malmö. Such a beautiful evening. Not crowded. Had a train car to ourselves. Perfect way to avoid being in the background of Lily’s TCTC virtual classroom!


Since we now average more than 10,000 steps per day, we decided a foot spa would be a good investment. Here are Hillary and JenJill giving it a test run!

Bryant’s mail is still ends up going to the first hotel in Lund, so we need to go over there once in a while to pick it up. Today was the first time it’s been too warm for us since we arrived. We were stuck on a super hot train for about a half hour, but now we know to watch out for the regional trains, even if it means waiting a bit for the next local.