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.
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.
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.
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.