We were in Malmo from August 8th till August 26th. I spent my birthday there this year. 🙂 It was a pleasant holiday. I think this was probably the first time I went on vacation and came home not needing another vacation to recover 😉 I think that’s how a vacation should be. Many people tend to want to visit and do everything possible in the shortest possible time only to come home feeling utterly exhausted instead of rejuvenated.
Malmo is a pleasant town of about 293,883 inhabitants (as of December 31 2009). More than one in four (29% of the population) have foreign roots which makes Malmö a multinational city. The largest immigrant group is from Denmark (9.500). Then comes people from former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Poland, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Hungary and Somalia. (Source: Malmo.com).
There were shopping malls everywhere, and the largest one, Triangeln, was literally next to the Hilton where we were at. I was pleased to see MAC, H&M, The Body Shop, Acne and many other stores nearby. I do think I have lost that shopaholic bone in me though. I was more interested in household gadgets, decor items and art. Talk about getting old. I did pick up some items from MAC, H&M and The Body Shop though. The first week we were there, it was raining almost continuously, and then when Malmofestival began, the weather cleared up, and it was sunny for a few days before it got really windy and quite chilly at about 15 degrees a few days before we left. I can only imagine winter! Brrrr.
This was quite funny. I had read about how a crayfish party is usually held on the first day of Malmofestival. I got quite excited at the prospect of having yummy crayfish, so the hubs and I made our way to Stortoget Square where its usually held. I was amazed at the sheer number of people neatly standing and eating at the long tables. So we went around, in between, through, behind the crowds to find the stall(s) that were selling the crayfish. We couldn’t find any! We deduced then, that everyone brings their own crayfish to the square and eats them there! This was confirmed later on by a Swedish friend. I found this really odd, as I thought it would make better practical and financial sense to have stalls selling crayfish so everyone, including noob tourists like us could partake in the crayfish party 😀 The big black thing you see at the back is actually a big stage where live performances by artistes were held every night during the festival.
One night, after a few nights of seeing the endless queue for churros, we decided to queue up ourselves 😛 And I must say that the churros was quite good! Comparable to the ones we had in Spain.
So, after close to 3 weeks in Malmo, we made our way home, not before a certain someone *cough cough* left behind his certain piece of circular shaped jewellery in the hotel room *rolls eyes* Thank goodness he got it back the very next day through a colleague of his who happened to stay at the same hotel. Otherwise, he would have incurred my wrath which can be, I must say, quite comparable to Medusa’s at times 😛