Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Social in Southern Sweden

A couple weeks ago Dale and I took a quick weekend trip down to Lund, Sweden to visit our friends Fer and Lu and see their two adorable kiddos Fede and Hele.
It was a whirlwind weekend but we really wanted to make it down there before the holidays - and we just barely did that! We mostly just hung around enjoying chatting with friends. 
But we did take a quick walk around Lund and Malmö. Both cities are much smaller than Stockholm, although Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden. 
Lund is very much like our former residence (where we met Fer and Lu) Fort Collins, Colorado. It is a small college town with a nice city center. Malmö has a bit more going on, although I'm not sure why they have a giant lamp in town. It does happen to look just like a lamp I bought at Ikea so Dale made me pose with it.
In Malmö we took a nice walk around Malmö Slott (castle) where we passed by a pretty windmill. It was a windy day and Fer says they get lots of those in Southern Sweden so I guess now I know why they have so many windmills in the area! It is hardly ever windy in Stockholm.
We also got a good view of the Turning Torso, the tallest building in Scandinavia. Living in the 'old world' without skyscrapers has made me realize skyscrapers can be beautiful in their own way. Although, I prefer them with others to make a skyline more than just the one.
In Malmö Christmas cheer was in full force and we passed by some carolers in the main street and a christmas market too.
My favorite thing about visiting the smaller towns of countries is getting to feel the country more than you do in the capital. Being from Colorado I resonate more with small town America than New Yorkers. In Europe my experience has been just the opposite since I live in the capital of Sweden. It's a funny juxtaposition. But more than anything we were just happy to spend some time with friends and reflect on our experiences in Sweden. Thanks for having us Fer and Lu! Hope you have a nice holiday!
Love Always,


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