They told us on the weather channel the other day that Sweden had their darkest November ever – at least what they have on record. Landskrona had 7,2 hours of sun during the whole month. And Växsjö had only 55 min.
It has been so dark that I have the lamps on every waking hour, so depressing.
But on this Wednesday.. . I had a very pleasant grey day with my friend Iris. We meet up once per month for a girly day out – loads of talking and a bit of culture … but food is a serious part of our day together too.
Our November date we spent in very picturesque Helsingør in Denmark. Only 20 min away from Helsingborg with ferry and there is a ferry leaving every 10th min, like a bus service.
There were technical problems with the trains so Iris had to change to the bus and that gave me the opportunity to enjoy a cappuccino and a Christmas flavored muffin at my favorite cafe chain: Espresso House – the best fluff in town.
I started my career as a chef when I was 20 years old in Helsingør, lived there for a year before I moved on to Copenhagen for another Danish year. It’s something special about Denmark, doesn’t matter where you go. Very relaxed, comfortable, colorful and friendly.
We have been talking for nearly half a year about visiting the Helsingør Kulturværftet (Culture House), a converted warehouse building from 1842, in the area stood for years impassively as Elsinore’s old shipyard has now turned into a modern meeting point for the cultural, artistic and knowledge rich exchange. It had it’s opening in October 2010.
Only 10 min walk from the ferry terminal a very interesting building from the outside and even more interesting from the inside. A lot of events going on there during the whole year around.
Helsingør has some fantastic public art in the harbor area; Han (Him) by Elmgreen & Dragset, 2012, Herakles og Hydraen by Rudolph Tegners, 1932 and Værftsarbejderne (Shipyards workers) by Hans Pauli Olsen, 2014.
The building has a theater, library, restaurant and exhibition halls. The library blow the socks off me. In Helsingør it lives about 60.000 and their library is having the size of Gothenburg’s, where nearly half a million lives.
So our day beside do some walking around in Helsingör became mostly about the restaurant and the library.
I had a little shopping list from a friend of mine and I needed to buy spices and candles for myself at “T.I.G.E.R” – only found what was on my shopping list.
For lunch at the Culture House’s restaurant, Spisehuset – we both had a “Seaweed Salad with light seared Tuna” with some fantastic bread filled with goodies of nuts and dates. Fantastic salad and very nicely presented on a slate plate and all with a view over the harbor and Prince Hamlet’s crib – Kronborg Castle.
After the salad was it time for some serious calories together with a great cup of cappuccino; a delicious big piece of chocolate cake.
The library has a sorting station like a post office – all fancy conveyors set up. People returned their books into ATM. Was so fascinated by the whole set up. I also had a feeling that the library are supplying book trolleys for hospitals and prisons. 100rd’s of trolleys in the sorting area and only 2 personal what I could see.
We visit all 4 floors and there was a fantastic set up of private rooms with PC to be reserved for studies and most of them was taken. The children’s section was on the first floor and it was so fantastically set up with play areas in every corner of the floor, a little theater and interactive toys everywhere.
So spacious and comfortable … walking through the library made me feel very good .
After the visit to the library was it time to make our way back to the ferry terminal and on our way we found this very old alleyway with the original gutter system – wasn’t the easy street to walk, but very interesting. It must be from the 1700’s; Gamle Færgestræde = the old ferry lane.
We had to wait 5 min for the ferry to arrive and 10 min later we were on our way back to Sweden. Another gray day had now turned into darkness, but it had been a very pleasant shade of grey. Landed just in Helsingborg just in time to catch the 16.17 train to Landskrona with 169 new images on my SD card.
“A cloudy day is no match
for a sunny disposition.”
William Arthur Ward