Ken and the Giant Finn
Trip Start Aug 06, 2012
11Trip End Aug 19, 2012
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Lund was an unexpected delight. It is an old town which houses Lund University. Turns out that this is a large university with a beautiful campus and many museums. K & A took the train to Lund. Swedish trains are ultramodern and fast. They had an express train and it took them only ten minutes to get there and cost $11 for two. Once they arrived in Lund they headed to the tourist information to get their bearings. Andrea also bought souvenirs. K & A decided they wanted to see a new museum of life at the University hospital. It was a long walk, made even longer by the fact that they couldn't find it. They had a lovely walking tour of the university hospital. It is huge! When they finally found the museum it was very small and not too interesting, especially because their Swedish is not too good. They walked back through a lovely, residential neighborhood through a gorgeous botanical garden to the Lund Cathedral to meet the Giant Finn and see the 15th century clock work
Ken did encounter the Giant Finn, who built the Cathedral for the people of Lund. The legend of the Giant Finn is this: The citizens of Lund hired Finn the Giant to build them a Cathedral. When he was done they didn't want to pay him so he was going to tear the Cathedral down. However, the next morning, when the first rays of the sun hit the Finn the Giant, he was turned into one of the stone pillars in the Cathedral. (This may also represent Samson- but Ken likes the Giant story better)
They also experienced the animated clock which played music and had knights clashing swords and the three wise men and their attendants marching through. Must have been quite amazing to the citizens of the 15th century. K & A were amazed it still worked!
After the cathedral K & A we're tired but they persevered on to an outdoor museum which had buildings from all over Sweden. This museum and some of the buildings had been moved to the museum site in the late 19th century. Very interesting.
It was now time to return to Malmo. After a 45 minute wait in line for train tickets, poor Ken stood up all of this time while Andrea relaxed on the train platform steps, they boarded the train for the quick trip back to Malmo. As they got off of the train they looked at the preparations for the Malmo festival, which starts tomorrow. They are highlighting knitting and are covering many signs statues, streetlights etc with knitted art. They saw some women sitting on the curb knitting to fit a stoplight. (Andrea thinks they should do this at home!) They rejoined the Susans for a nice dinner and then back to the hotel to write the blog and get some rest. The Susans have not yet submitted their experiences for editorial consideration so you will have to but them if you want to know what they did in Malmo.