It’s Friday, and my first week in Malmö has been tough project-wise. As much as I am enjoying the city, it is certainly small and quiet, especially with everyone on vacation. Luckily I have some project meetings and interviews set up for next week, and I can spend some of the weekend doing more research, calling more numbers, and sending more emails. In the meantime, I have continued exploring the city and meeting up with my contacts here.
You can see from the gray skies in these photos that we’ve been having lots of rain here in Malmö! It hasn’t been ideal, but I’m learning that the weather is very unpredictable in this beach town. I met up with my new friend Ali the other day, and we tried to go to a free concert by the water (part of the city’s “Sommarscen,” a series of free events throughout the summer). But we got off at the wrong bus stop and then got completely caught in the rain on our way there, eventually missing the concert entirely. Ali knows one of the DJs who was working that night, and they said only about 10 people showed up – all local Swedes in serious head-to-toe rain gear. I suppose if you live here all year, you must be prepared!
Yesterday morning, I woke up and sent a bunch of emails to various medical technology companies in the Malmö area. I decided to make the afternoon a museum day while I waited for some responses (I still haven’t received any). For the 20kr “student” price, about $2.30, I was able to go to a cluster of museums. The Konstmuseum (art museum), the Stadsmuseum (city museum), a small natural history museum, and an aquarium are all located in the Malmöhus Slott, a castle fortress from the medieval ages.
The Stadsmuseum included the Knight’s Hall and a cannon tower, complete with the shining armor of long-dead knights, stacks of cannon balls, and old underground prison cells. I learned at the Natural History part of the museum that the beautiful bird I have seen all over Sweden is a magpie! I had no idea what they looked like, but now I know.
Down the road from the fortress is the Teknikens och Sjöfartens Hus, the science and maritime museum. I was able to go there with the same museum ticket from the Malmöhus Slott.