Newcastle, Amsterdam, Germany, Denmark, Sweden
24.04.2008 - 30.04.2008
We set off on Thursday 24th April 2008, and sailed to Amsterdam. Then I drove about 700 kilometers, through the Netherlands, Germany (via Hamburg, only really saw the motorway and managed to get the Polo up to 100mph), and up into Denmark. We made it as far as Slagelse, which is on the same island as Copenhagen. Had to cross a massive bridge to get there. Overnighted in a motel that cost a fortune, but I forget the name. Used the last of my laptop batteries, having forgotten my plug. Ate a bagel that cost about six quid. Neighbours enjoyed their evening. We awoke early and set off in the fog, serenaded by Dimmu Borgir. Crossed another huge bridge and into Sweden.
Immediately stopped for food. I sampled "Plopp", which is chocoloate, and various other delights. Continued North through miles and miles of forested motorway. Saw hundreds of McDonalds, odd. Only one Ikea. Stopped by an enourmous lake in a tiny service station where I ate licorice by mistake, and bought petrol for a fortune. Climbed on some rocks and sulked. Continued North to Kopparberg, where a drunk topless man with big belly shouted at us, a boy pissed on a church wall and I ate more food. Continued North to Borlange and moved into the house.
House rocks, its a museum quality place, full of stuff and things. Treat it carefully. Recycling system is mental, so I'm taking my rubbish to Stockholm at the weekend. Started a quest to buy a plug which I succeeded in yesterday. We've been spending the evenings playing cards and watching DVDs, and the days at work, so not really had a chance to explore yet. Seems to me though, Borlange is a small town, and the countryside around it is the main draw. Joined the library, met the neighbours - STIG and Ingrid! Been eating little due to costs. Tonight we're off to a bonfire, to drive witches out of towm, and tomorrow is my day off so I'll probably spend it wandering a hillside somewhere and then getting on with some work. Bought a patch and a keyring.
The Swedish word for the end is slut.