We have returned from our Scandinavian adventures! It was wonderful, and dark, and snowy, and very hygge. I will tell you all about it!
Allow me to start by reassuring you that I am not writing from the poor house. You may recall from my pre-trip post that I had been told that Scandinavia is RIDICULOUSLY expensive. It was definitely expensive, but it was survivable. One day for lunch we ate at a train station Burger King (classy) and got double cheese burgers for $3. Not a bargain, but not highway robbery. Most casual places were going to be $10 a person, and at sit down places we stuck to the cheaper side of the menu and wound up paying around $15 a person.
So the food wasn't too pricey, and most of it was delicious. Our first meal abroad was in Sweden, where we had a lovely salmon lunch to celebrate Thanksgiving. In Bergen at the fish market we had the most delicious fish soup imaginable. I never even imagined fish soup to be any good, but this was a cream base seasoned with nordic magic with perfectly cooked chunks of fish floating around in there. Divine. We had the delicious seasonal favorite, glogg. In Oslo we had meatballs with gravy which were delicious, and mushy peas, which were disgusting. In Copenhagen we had open faced sandwiches, which are called smorrebrod. They were delicious, but mine was roast beef and horseradish, and horseradish is only good in moderation. This sandwich had a mountain of horseradish which was a little painful to eat but gave me the clearest sinuses I have ever possessed.
Now that you have learned about my sinuses, let me tell you about the actual trip. We arrived in Copenhagen in an Ikea-inspired airport at 11:00 on Thanksgiving morning, and immediately took the train to Malmo, Sweden. Malmo was sunny and kind of quiet, and I immediately discovered my potential downfall, which was beautiful little design stores with household goods. Scandinavia is basically little design stores as far as the eye can see. Thankfully on this trip I was forced to carry everything I possessed on my back, and the exchange rate is terrible, or I would be writing this from the poor house. It was fun to browse. While in Malmo we wandered around, ate that salmon Thanksgiving lunch, and visited a church built in the 1300s.Read More