The land of three Straits
Saturday, 30 July 2016
It was in Flensburg where, last year in May, we’d said our good-byes to the Baltic Sea finishing the Episode III of our odyssey. And now, after 12 months, we were there again glowed with the enthusiasm of a new adventure. It seemed like the trip ended a long time ago, but the Episode IV has just begun and we were heading off to the land of the Little Belt, the Great Belt and the Øresund - three straits which drain and connect the Baltic Sea to the Kattegat, which drains further west to the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
Day 11: Bornholm
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
I and Sylwia were woken up halfway through the night. Klara was evidently displaying the symptoms of a stomach bug. Acute stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea kept us up until morning. The morning itself was damp with drizzle with moderate temperature. And Klara, with her digestive system still very delicate, was exhausted after sleepless night, and she needed to stay in bed. In such circumstances, there wasn’t much to do but to sit in our cabin, read and write up my notes.
Day 10: From Ystad to Bornholm
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
The legend says that when God was well near done with creating Scandinavia, he was left with a bit of superfluous material from the creation: a little water, earth, rifts, dales, fine-grained sand, and not least cliffs and large rocks. He threw it all into the heart of the Baltic Sea. Today, this little Danish island is known as Bornholm - our next destination.
Day 9: From Malmö to Ystad
Monday, 09 May 2016
Once again we moved on after breakfast, and reached the very south-western tip of Sweden, 30km from Malmö, around 10:30am. There was not a soul to be seen when we arrived at the Skanör beach, and we gave ourselves a few lazy hours to take in the glories of this sunny Monday morning, and enjoyed some pre-tourist solitude in this chunk of paradise on the ‘Swedish Rivera’. We all felt in love with the place - a simple, but very clean beach with silky white sand, crystal water, and multi-coloured cabins that are so typical to the Swedish shore. Sometimes tiny ones, sometimes large enough to hold bunk beds, sometimes with electricity, they all provide a shelter from sun and wind, and add charm and style to the coastline.