Coins

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!)

Construction

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!

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 Skåne, 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 (Skåne) 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!