Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It´s a cool, cool summer (Part 3)

Today we decided to blend with the locals and take the bikes. We went all the way to the city centre by bike - it took us about an hour or so. Then we did some more sightseeing, as you can see from the photos (the white building is the University). We also visited the King´s house, the Botanical Gardens and the Market Hall.

Monday, July 30, 2007

It´s a cool, cool summer (Part 2)

This is our first day in Lund. A compact and picturesque city. We leave the car at a parking (cost about 2 euros an hour) take a stroll in the streets, doing some sightseeing and shopping. The weather could be better (it´s raining on and off) and this discourages us from taking the bikes instead of the car. We eat italian (a lunch buffet with unlimited pasta, pizza and salad costs about 8,5 euros - not bad for Scandinavian cost standards!). The main sight in the city is the romanesque Cathedral. Opposite that, one can find a very helpful tourist office. And here´s proof that we are actually here!

In the evening we went for a couple of beers in the city centre (a place buzzing with life, called Stortorget). The weather was OK for Swedish summer standards so most of the clients were sitting outside, in the bar´s terrace, still some had to use the blankets available! In the night time picture you can see Maria in front of the City Hall, next to the Stortorget.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

It's a cool, cool summer! (Part 1)

'How do you cope with such a hot summer in Greece?' friends from abroad asked us this year... They had heard in the news that temperatues in Greece exceeded 45o C, hence the question.
Well, the answer was pretty simple and straightforward: '...we leave for cooler climates.'
And so we find ourselves in Sweden... In fact in Denmark as we fly from Athens to Copenhagen. However, the Danish capital is not our final destination:

We take the train, cross the Oresund bridge and in less than half an hour we are in the Swedish city of Lund where our home exchange partners live.

The change of temperature was indeed dramatic! Almost half the temperature of Athens! And the sky couldn't decide whether it should stay dry or start raining...

The house was very pretty and Scandinavian: detached, with a tile roof, a lovely garden and in a quiet neighbourhood. Our exchange partners were kind enough to leave us a Swedish pie, with broccoli, mushrooms and walnuts, that took care of our hunger!
We spent the night there and left the next morning for the city of Åhus about one hour drive away.

We stayed in a hotel which is by the beach and very popular with the locals. Indeed the beach was long and sandy, but only a few people were courageous enough to enter the sea (which had a grey black colour, nothing like the Greek blue).
Ah, and by the way: Åhus is the home of the famous Absolut vodka. (to be continued...)