Fifteen years ago, there was little activity between Denmark and Sweden since they were separated by more than three miles of water, but in 2000, the two countries joined together and built a bridge/tunnel/artificial island, known as the Oresund Bridge, to connect Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmo, Sweden. Today, there are something like 40 million annual crossings.
Right off the plane in Copenhagen, we boarded a train on Friday for what we hoped would be a quick ride. But there were some rail line issues, and our train was delayed. When it came, there were so many people waiting, we were packed in like sardines, praying for a speedy trip.
We had expected a dramatic view making the crossing, but the train, once it comes out of the tunnel, largely rides underneath the bridge limiting the vistas. Once close to Malmo, the train stopped for what seemed like hours, to eventually allow three trains to pass in the opposite direction, with only a lengthy explanation in Danish/Swedish. At least one passenger was struggling not to collapse in the sardine can, but after what was really 15 minutes or so, we moved along.
Our visit was very limited, but it did allow us to at least take a peek into part of Sweden. One of the more evident things were its attractive people, many tall blondes, and they seem to know it, judging, especially in the case of women, how nicely dressed they were.
For Regina, this was her first look at beautiful European architecture, open squares and stylish businesses, including a massive central railroad station, which is a great mix of old and new. And, it was loaded with upscale food stations and even a grocery store.
Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city, had what seemed to be an odd combination of quirky contemporary architecture mixed in with its beautiful old buildings. We were also struck by the friendly, outgoing people. Even if you know where you are going, we recommend striking up conversations; the locals love it and most seemed to speak English.