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Phespirit goes to Sweden
Malmö & Helsingborg     March 1998

Clear blue skies over Copenhagen augured well for a day trip to Sweden. The crossing by catamaran to Malmö was forty-five minutes of civilised comfort on calm seas. No passport checks were necessary at the Swedish end, merely a change of currency.

Malmö is rather a dreary place. Phespirit spent one hour there, which was more than enough. This time was divided between having a look at the city cathedral and browsing round an occult accessories shop in the main parade, before fleeing to the station for an 11:00am departure to Helsingborg.

The small purple train took fifty minutes to trundle up to Helsingborg. Upon arrival, first impressions were positive: the combined station/ferry terminal was bright and modern, opening out into a broad, clear area between the ornate town hall and the waterfront. Sunny skies and crisp air made the place brighter.

The 14th century Kärnan tower is a short walk away, with its fine panoramic views over Helsingborg and across the Kattegat to Helsingør in Denmark. Phespirit whiled a few pleasant hours wandering aimlessly around the streets of Helsingborg, absorbing the uncomplicated atmosphere before leaving, satisfied, on the twenty minute ferry ride back to the Danes.

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