It’s the summer and there’s no football on so why not have a day trip to Copenhagen? Why not indeed, as long as the weather holds up, what could go wrong?
Here in southern Sweden we’ve not had much of a summer. I know, most of you will be thinking that as I live in Sweden that it’s cold all year round but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In Helsingborg, which is roughly in line with the northern tip of Scotland, we have fairly warm summers. We often reach temperatures of 25 degrees between May and September. In fact, even when I lived in Stockholm the weather between May and September was up in the mid-twenties even if in January it could be minus 25!
As a point of interest, before I moved to Sweden I never considered that 0 degrees was minus. I always thought of it as the dividing line between +1 and -1 but actually it’s -0 because water freezes at that point. You learn something new…
I realise you guys in the UK have had a bastard of a summer so far, a far cry from last summer when I was home however it isn’t as bad as 2004 when the UK had 39 degree heat in August so be thankful for small mercies. Those few days arrived just after I left and I was glad I missed it. I knew people who went out for a drive just to be in an air conditioning environment!
But I digress… Usually the weather turns from winter to spring to summer in May. Last year we had 28 degree weather on May 29th, the day before I travelled home. At 23.00 it was still 20 degrees outside and inside my flat it was 28 degrees because there was no air. This year, however, it’s just been ‘okay’. By that I mean high teens but we’ve had a lot of rain, heavy rain!
Our problem down here is we get the shitty weather from the North Sea! It comes across Denmark, which is very flat, and hits us. So planning days out has very much been a case of weather roulette!
We we picked a day and off we went. The usual route to Copenhagen is to get the ferry to Helsingör and the train in to Copenhagen but the train line had engineering works so we took the train to Malmö and over the Öresund Bridge into Copenhagen.
The ferry-train route takes just under 2 hours and you’d think a train would be quicker but it took just over 2 hours. I think there is some agreement in place where the train has to wait around at certain places so it isn’t quicker than they ferry. The Swedes are very mindful of taking traffic from the Helsingborg-Helsingör ferry service.
That isn’t as stupid as it sounds, there has been plans to have a tunnel between the two cities for years but there has always been opposition because it is suspected that such a tunnel would kill both cities. In fact, since Malmö-Copenhagen has had a bridge the ferry service has died and they have lost a lot of traffic as a result.
The weather held up and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky all day. Quite a surprise all round.
You don’t need to hear all the details about my day but suffice to say a good time was had by all concerned and we eventually left to catch the train home at about 21.30. We got in just before midnight but there wasn’t much time to sleep as I was up at 06.30 to get ready for a doctor’s appointment.
Still, I’m not complaining because the next night I slept for 11 hours. I’ve not done that for a while!