Day 119 — Sweden’s version of America

We both had off today so we took the bus to Eurostop, Halmstad’s only mall. The bus was full of preschool kids going on an outing.

The tower is a hotel.

Europe is not big on billboards.

Those golden arches at the top are embarrassing.

Sorry these are dark. It was a dark day, even at noon. Plus, my camera is not the greatest.

The bathroom stalls each have different photo murals above the toilets.

This is the state run liquor store. This is where you go if you want anything stronger than beer. There is one here and one in the center of town. Alcohol used to be a BIG problem in Sweden. The legal blood alcohol content limit for driving is 0.02 which is basically one beer.

These are all over the city. They are centers for playing the lottery, off track betting on horse races, trotting races and lord knows what else. They are in virtually every supermarket and tobacco kiosk.

These are recycling centers and they are in every supermarket. You stick your cans and bottles in a hole and get 15 cents apiece. This guy probably has 20 or 30 dollars worth of cans here. Dumpster divers in the U.S. would be rich at those rates.

Most supermarkets also have lockers to store bags, etc. while shopping.

They also have little bar code readers that shoppers can take with them and add up their purchases as they go. This was at a place called Co-op which is a cross between Costco and WalMart but less crowded than both on a Monday morning.

Beautiful building downtown. After Eurostop we bussed back to the center and had the lunch special at a restaurant. Nearly every restaurant has a “daily” for about 11 or 12 dollars which is basically a complete meal: salad, bread and butter, main course of meat, potatoes and vegetables and a drink. It is probably a carry over from Sweden’s agricultural heritage when farmers needed a big meal at noon time to tank up for the afternoon’s work. Some people still eat their big meal at noon and have a lighter supper in the evening. At any rate, these “dagens,” as they are known, are very popular and really good. A substandard restaurant won’t make it here unless it is known as substandard, like McDonalds.

Another nice old building.

Best news of the day: the fruit and vegetable stand in the town square will be open all winter. This place, unbelievably, has produce at comparable prices to the Milk Pail in Mountain View, which the manager there once told me had been selected by the Food Network as the best produce store in America. Since it was only a five minute walk from our apartment, it was one place we were really going to miss. We miss it a lot less now.



3 thoughts on “Day 119 — Sweden’s version of America

  1. Wow. Interesting Mall with wood floors! But It looked kind of empty. Appreciate the little tid bits you mention in the photo capstones. I had the same “lunch special” you mention about in Stockholm. I hope they have good Swedish meatballs in Halmstad or Reindeer Stew. Love the lockers to store your bags. Trust that is inexpensive.

    • Yeah, fortunately, Swedes do not seem to do “America” very well. And, yes, it was a  Monday morning, so things were empty. The Swedish economy is relatively strong, one of the best in the world, actually  and the mall is near a heavy concentration of apartments, so I am sure it is busy at other times. Great Swedish meatballs everywhere in the country. Have had reindeer meat and it is really good.

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