Bike path

Followed the trail much further today, and it’s really a nice route, full of wildflowers and scenic vignettes. The bikes arrive in Sweden this week (but the rest of the stuff – the crate- is still in Delaware) so maybe we’ll have a chance to try it out soon!

Warm weather

Another pleasant day for strolling. We discovered that the gorgeous new park and the mall had been vandalized. Guessing it happened Sunday night. We wondered if it could be related to the BLM protests but there’s been no sign of that.

We seem to find interesting areas of the city every day. The jeans and clothing hanging across a quaint lane in the Triangeln neighborhood seems more like an installation than random laundry. Fun decor for the shopping district perhaps?

This is the train we take (lavender pågatåg w names like Wallander and Lindgren) with the Bridge on the horizon far right, taken from the mall’s roof top park. So windy up there that Lily’s ice cream blew out of her dish and splattered across her shirt!

Tax office visit, part två

We needed to go in person to finish our applications for a Swedish personnummer which will allow us access to medical care, etc.

So we had another lovely day roaming around Malmö. We’d like to try kayaking on the canals. The famous ice cream place Köld, was closed. But we found some other fun places and enjoyed walking in a different part of the city.

Day 80 – Back i Sverige!

Jen has done a great job picking up my slack on the blog front. We have been in Sweden for almost a week, and I have been back at work in a normal time zone mode for that week. Some interesting things happened.

I spent 2 weeks in the US, working from 3am to noon on Swedish time, and then working from noon to 5pm on house moving tasks, and usually to bed by 8pm. I was really grateful to be done with the real estate business and be back in Sweden.

The trip over was nerve-wracking. Our flights were canceled a week before departing, and we got tickets at the last minute on a MSP-IAD-FRA-CPH route that spanned 3 airlines, 4 airports, and a lot of customs/border crossings where we had to explain ourselves as to why we were traveling. And, of course, our bags were delayed for 5 days as Lufthansa failed to load them on our plane in Frankfurt. All in all, still not as stressful as the whole house-selling/moving/renting thing was. THAT was a non-stop cortisol bath.

Jen already mentioned me trying to work from home in the walk-in closet here. That doesn’t work so great because there is only one plug in there, and the light turns off automatically when the door is closed. So, I needed a lamp and a computer. Sigh. Back to the office.

Luckily, the office is a short, 13 min walk from the apartment. And it is a pleasant walk. You basically leave the new construction condos and then – bam – you are in the fields of the last hold-out farmers.

Fun thing today, however, was that we had a fire alarm and all had to go outside. That was a nice little break. And I had a full lunch break, which I went outside for as well.

I write the next part while thinking a lot about our friends and family in the US still navigating the challenges of COVID, and, now of course, wrestling with the murder of George Floyd and the convulsions of pain and anger that followed. I am still processing this, and may write more later.

We also took a train trip to Lund yesterday. We walked around, had sushi, then had ice cream. Overall, a really nice outing.

Relaxing in the courtyard

Today our luggage arrived and sod was installed in the courtyard, making it the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine. Still thinking of Minneapolis and sending our love to all. Jen-Jill is easy company, and things are much more comfortable now that we have our suitcases!

More Malmö

A few sights from a walk around Hyllie. There is a beautiful school and park nearby, with amazing landscaping – a local man told me it is part of a 10 year plan to create green space like Central Park in NY.

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.