The bus driver takes one look at us with our suitcases and says, “Sorry, we don’t allow tourists on this bus.”
We are astonished and I actually take a step backwards causing the driver to chortle with glee. “No, no, you can come on, welcome! Are you just arriving or coming back home?”
“Coming back home.”
“Where are you coming from? Someplace tropical judging by your tans…”
“Yes, we’re just back from tropical Sweden.”
I should include Denmark in all this tropicalness as that’s where it started to get hot. As I wrote in my journal on May 30th: “5:00 in Roskilde, 31° and still 5 hours of sunshine left in the day!” Who would have thought that Scandinavia could get so hot (and more to the point, who would have packed appropriately)?
Thank goodness we brought our bathing suits along. Although when I packed mine I was thinking more along the lines of “maybe we’ll find a sauna, then jump in icy fjord”.
The water temperature is 23° in this Swedish lake; compared to over 30° air temperature and that makes for a refreshing plunge! A busy sandy stretch on Vaanern, the biggest lake in Sweden. This is the only photo I took before I abandoned my camera and jumped in. They say the lake was created when a giant scooped out a large piece of earth and flung it over to Denmark where it became Zeeland.Other ways to stay cool in a heat wave:
- Hang out in a shady forest.
- Drink a cold craft beer by the ocean.
- Eat ice cream (super-good ice cream in Denmark and Sweden!)