- commentary by Madie -
Malmö, Sweden is as charming as it gets. We heard a ton of comments about how traveling there wouldn't be worth it but all you haters are wrong, we freaking love Malmö! Our morning started out making the journey from Copenhagen into Malmö, I'm not entirely sure how it happened but somehow I successfully boarded the train without a passport or buying a train ticket. (REBEL SPY) Guys, I really do not how I got on the train without a ticket. I just sorta did. And I didn't even realize what happened until the ticket checker asked for my ticket and I handed her a receipt... like huh? Good thing she just laughed it off as she said "we are nice to our visitors." (What she actually meant was "stupid americans") Once we arrived in Malmö Madie and I rented two bikes (crossed my fingers I'd get my ID back - the dude was sketch) and headed out to see the sights. We stopped at the Malmöhus Museer castle. This castle is way unique in the sense that it was once a castle turned holocaust rehabilitation center (2,000 holocaust survivors lived in the castle following World War II) and now a museum! Gotta admit a few of the exhibits were a little interesting (literally thought I was in a haunted house and was running from room to room checking over my shoulder - the exhibit was about people who died there and it smelt like it too) but we definitely had fun checking everything out and learning about the history of the castle over the years. After biking around the castle grounds, stumbling across a windmill, biking through parks (crossing streets when we shouldn't = getting cussed out by Swedes) and climbing trees we headed to meet up with my parents for dinner. Dinner was at a local steakhouse that had Idaho potatoes! GUYS, IDAHO IS ON THE MAP! Following dinner we checked out the Sankt Petri Church. It is seriously beautiful, and I feel I can rightly say that considering the amount of cathedrals I have been to. The entire church was built on the tombstones of former priests and pastors. And the walls were white with the original paintings and gorgeous chandeliers. I think I loved this church so much because of the way the paintings have faded. So many cathedrals have repainted/repaired the ancient paintings to keep the history alive but really the faded paintings in the Sankt Petri Church are truly magical. There is just something about original artwork that I love. (Or maybe it was the blessing I gave while holding two candles doing holy hand gestures) Visiting this church was pretty much the last big thing we did in Malmö. Before we returned our bikes we visited a few shops and then headed to the central station to go back to Copenhagen. Sweden, you are lovely. And your people are lovely (thx, I'm swedish). And swedish fish are delicious and I will continue to love them even more than I already do. (Kyla forgot to mention that when we got back to Copenhagen she almost had an accident in the megacandy store #crossedlegshobblingupanddowntheaislewhilesamplingtreats #shehadtogobathroom) xx, m. P.S. We liked Madie's commentary so much on the last post we decided to keep it up!