Spa

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.

Sustainable City

Hyllie has a sustainable city museum/ education center. I bet it’s only open during the school year, because every time I walk by, it seems to be closed. Swedish workers are entitled to 4 consecutive weeks of paid vacation which must be taken in June, July, or August. So lots of things are closed in summer.

Today the preschoolers were out in droves to play in the waterpark. The toddlers were so adorable! I felt nostalgic for the days when my girls would have loved that experience.

The 4 weeks of vacation is extra challenging this year with healthcare workers in such high demand. That is a legit problem to solve, but there is quite a bit of misinformation going around. I saw this in the NYTimes yesterday and it is inaccurate.

…Starting June 27, Swedes from at least 3 regions, including SkÃ¥ne, are allowed to travel to Denmark, and negotiations continue with Norway. 🤞🏼

Limhamn

Lily, Bry, and I rode to a nearby community on the coast. It was paved trail all the way so pretty easy. Next time we’ll bring swim gear and enjoy the water.

And here is the Øresund Bridge in the background. Denmark will open to our state (SkÃ¥ne) on June 30, so maybe we’ll be able to see Copenhagen this summer.

Jen-Jill, gazing longingly toward Norway. I guess we’ll have to be content seeing Sweden and a bit of Denmark for this year.

Father’s Day

Bryant chose a hike at Skrylle and brunch at his favorite cafe in Lund – Broder Jakobs. The day was cool and cloudy but we managed to dodge the rain.

The park had some really fun features including a zip line and obstacle course, but Hillary said she was too old for it, and Lily didn’t want to wait in line, so we stuck to the trail.

This is the house (w Lily in front) Bryant considered buying, but it was over budget. Lots of charm, though! Built in 1848 with modern updates.

And the feminist bookstore and coffee shop, volunteer run, but it was closed today.

Midsommar Celebration

We were lucky enough to be invited to a Midsommar party at a lovely private home in Södra Sandby, just outside Lund. The hosts live in a beautiful restored 1914 house with a large yard. And the weather was perfect, which we are told is not the norm. Someone mentioned that 2 of the last 6 years had good weather. That is usually part of the conversation, along with how the strawberry harvest is doing (not at its peak this year, but it will be a good one!)

The group was very inclusive, with people of different backgrounds and ages, with English as a common language, which made it easy for us to join in the fun. The kids met some peers who will most likely run in the same circles around Lund! They had a good time playing games, and chatting. And Lily loved their bunny, Jupiter, a cuddly little guy! There were enough kids to keep the party lively.

Jen-Jill got her own blommakronor so she could properly introduce the feast.

Many traditional foods were served, including a cheese pie, beet salad, and 5 kinds of herring, my favorite was in a creamy mustard sauce. It is the “baby” herring, suitable for the timid palate. The day-long feast was enjoyed by all and we are really grateful to Philipp and Anna for including us in their celebration!

Midsommar

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We’ve been invited to a party! It’s an outdoor event with an international group, most of whom have Swedish spouses so it should be a traditional experience but not too difficult for us to join the fun. The girls found new outfits for the occasion. We’ll post pictures tomorrow!

Also, don’t miss the first ever live streamed summer solstice from Stonehenge.

The view of Bunkeflo village from the Vintrie bike path was lovely today. I thought about having the girls gather the 7 kinds of flowers but I wasn’t sure it would be allowed. There are blooms everywhere so maybe we can get some fresh before the party tomorrow. Bryant says “gathering” is allowed with very few exceptions such as rare plants.

Exploring Malmö

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Here’s a recording made at Vintrie- Bunkeflo cemetery. The birds were very vocal this morning!

The following are from Malmö central where Bryant and I had dinner while Lily had TCTC classes and Hillary stayed home with her.

And a few pictures from another walk near the castle, this time more in the kitchen/ perennial gardens. I can hear the pheasants in the fields near Hyllie but it was fun to finally see some!

Red arrow is our apartment complex. We saw 4 of the baby birds marching around the cobbled streets near the castle moat/ canals. They look like the cygnets we saw the other day, but we’re not sure. I wanted to rescue them but a local man said not to worry, they manage. I think he meant “circle of life”, because the one in the photo was several blocks away, all on his own 😢 peeping pitifully.

Lördagsgodis

This means “Saturday Goodies” – when families load up on sugary treats and stay home to watch a movie. They have entire stores full of candy bins to purchase by the scoop. So far we haven’t liked most of the candy we tried. The chocolate is ok but most stuff is too sweet. Even the familiar brands aren’t the same. The chocolate covered salted licorice recommended by the clerk was horrible! They seem to like salted caramel, which is better than licorice but still not so good. Today I found a store with British sweets and so far these are more appealing to my palate.