From Denmark to Sweden in under 30 minutes
You board a train in Copenhagen and in 30 minutes you are in Malmö, a city in Sweden on the other side of the sound. It’s not a particularly exciting city after Copenhagen, but it is still a nice place to walk around, get a feel that it is different from Denmark and try smorgasbord (I am not sure what we were more excited about: visiting new country or eating all you can eat buffet).
We started our tour at St. Peter’s Church where we got to walk on fancy plates. Not much else to add. Even Wikipedia has less than 2 lines to describe it.
Then we proceeded to a local castle (so many castles on this trip!). On the way there I noticed a sign regulating pedestrian traffic. If you look across the street, you’ll see the opposite sign. I assume that the government doesn’t want people staring at each other eyes, so they make them walk on different sides of the streets…
The castle was of mediocre significance as no royalty every lived in Malmö. Instead, it used to be a prison at some point. There was a big exhibit to tell visitors about horrors of being incarcerated in a place like that. And this mouse was supposed to be a proof or something…
Some old furniture and royal portraits were on display as well. I hope they were not true to life…
I guess the castle was trying to attract more visitors, so they used a lot of space for modern day exhibits. Matt was really excited about this one in particular.
Link even looks like a man in this portrait. How about Mario?! Unfortunately, all the information was in Swedish, so we didn’t know what it was all about.
Then it was time to eat! After some research we ended up going to Sankt Markus Vinkällare. Apparently, getting into a respectable restaurant on Saturday night for smorgasbord without reservations is almost impossible. But we got lucky somehow and they let us in with some hesitation. I later realized that this place is not touristy at all, we definitely looked out of place.
First of all, I need to mention that smorgasbord around Christmas is actually replaced by julbord. I am still not sure what the difference is, but it seemed to be an important distinction for locals.
Second of all, it’s a very festive affair because everyone was really dressed up. And most of the tables were filled by big parties.
Also, at some point during the meal I had an epiphany… Back in Ukraine we call all you can eat buffets “Swedish tables”. I never really thought about the origin of the term.
Matt’s favorite dish on the buffet were frikadeller aka meatballs (I couldn’t chose a favorite among all this deliciousness). Have you ever eaten Swedish meatballs in Ikea?
And yes, there were piles of black and red caviar! And four different types of herring!
That was one incredible meal! If you ever have a chance, starve yourself all day and then go eat at smorgasbord.