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Farewell to Sweden

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Gothenburg is a relatively modern city in the south of Sweden that is the home of both Volvo and Saab and there are museums featuring these iconic Swedish brands. There is also a waterfront maritime museum showcasing a number of old vessels in various states of repair...
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The city's waterfront is crowded with offices, warehouses and massive shopping malls, so parking space is at a premium. The innovative Swedes have solved the problem with a huge floating multi-storey car park...
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Unlike Stockholm, Gothenburg didn't appear to have a great deal to offer us as tourists until we visited the Haga – a street of touristy shops and cafes dating from the late 1800s. We found little of interest until we stumbled across a cafe serving the world's biggest cinnamon buns, kanelbullens, a pefect substitute for a birthday cake for a person of a certain age...
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Cinnamon buns are an almost daily feature of Swedish life, but the 4th of October is their special day. This day celebrates Sweden's home baking tradition by highlighting a traditional and much-loved pastry and, because, the autumn harvest is high season for baking, it is an ideal time for this annual event. Sadly we will miss the actual day, but the bakeries and cafes were already stocking up so we pigged out. We could also have pigged out in Gothenburg in what is surely the world's biggest sweet shop...
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Sweden has become a haven for refugees in recent years and it is apparent that there are tensions between the Swedes and the newcomers. All but one of our taxi drivers have been from Africa or Bangladesh and we have eaten in Ethiopian, Chinese and Indian restaurants. We have, of course, eaten the traditional food of Sweden – meatballs and mashed potatoes...rather plain, boring, and not at all impressive or photogenic. So, here is photo of the changing of the guard ceremony at the royal palace in Stockholm...ditto!
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Sweden is the second country on this trip where cash is a thing of the past. Almost all shops and restaurants have signs like this...
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We've seen panhandlers on the streets in Sweden and wondered how they survived. Then our Canadian friend, Miranda, met up with us in Stockholm and explained that panhandlers have apps on their cellphones that enable them to receive electronic transfers from generous donors...
Welcome to the new world.
Now we have travelled south to Denmark aboard an impressive car ferry that could be mistaken for a cruise liner. It has numerous restaurants, bars, and a casino. There is live entertainment and bingo and there is even a tropical lounge. Welcome to the new world...
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There is nothing tropical about the weather here in Aarhus on the east coast of Jutland, but the view of the marina from our hotel window makes us think of warmer days...
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And now, thanks to Anne-Sofie at the Aarhus office of Europcar, our Danish adventure by car begins. No Swedish meatballs here, just a delicious dinner of local hake...
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Goodbye Sweden - Hello Denmark.

Posted by Hawkson 11:59 Archived in Denmark

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LOVE the birthday cake, my friend. Meatballs and mashed potatoes may be comfort food but yes, I can see that it wouldn't make a great photo - unlike the rest of your most excellent photos. Rock on!

by Joyce

An interesting look at Sweden. You have done a lot of museums that provide an interesting look at their history. By the way, the national dish of Denmark is also meatballs and mashed
potatoes. I believe it's name is Frikadeler (sp),

by Keith and Helen

As one who watches the cooking shows, both countries have more to offer than just the traditional dishes I am assuming. May be harder to locate if one is a tourist. Always interesting posts. Enjoying your journey. That hake dish looked tasty.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Sheila - I'm guessing you are that person "of a certain age"? Happy birthday! There are worse ways to celebrate than a trip to Sweden.
Enjoying your travels immensely.

by Ginny

I don't know. That last photo looked very appetizing to me. Fish perfectly done? And that candy photo--marzipan carrots? Lovely.

by R and B

Happy birthday m. Missing you on your special day! We will celebrate when you come home:)

by The teenager

Cinnamon buns will heal sore knees and aching joints. Especially when eaten on the anniversary of a persons birth. Also the calories are automatically transferred to friends and relatives who sit in chairs all day writing comments. I know - my scales tell me so.

by Janet

Our first comment to you - but we haven't missed a post. Lovely photos and lively commentaries! Tom has been to Aarhus a few times and quite likes the place but has never taken a photo, so hope you will post a few more....
Happy Birthday, Sheila. May you have many more years of contented cinnamon bun eating!

by Shelley and Tom

Happy Birthday my friend. Looks like another great adventure....

by sandra

Bun looks big enough to feed a family of four. Could take a birthday candle or two as well!

by Tom

Yes Tom - the bun actually was big enough for a family of four.

by Hawkson

... a fourbun conclusion?

by Janet

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