Hejhej! One of the biggest things I have been trying to do during my time in Sweden is just say yes to more random activities. Thursday afternoon, my friend Ellen invited me to join her and a group of friends going to Malmö to watch an ice hockey game. I am very glad that I said yes, as no one else in the group had ever watching a hockey game before! Ellen was from the Netherlands, and her friends were from Germany. It was fun to chat with them about the sport and my experiences with it being the main sport at DU. I must say, though, that hockey is a bit less exciting to watch when you are watching a losing team rather than the Frozen Four champions. Malmö’s professional hockey team, the Redhawks, are currently ranked last in their league. However, they did manage to tie the game at 4-4 and send it into overtime, even if they did ultimately lose. Because this was a small game and the team isn’t the best, the stadium was fairly empty as well. I would say that about a third of all the guests at the hockey game were cheering for the other team. I was more focused on the reactions of my friends whenever the game got violent (which happened a lot less than back in the States).
Ultimately, this was one of the first times I have been very spontaneous in the last month, so I am glad that I took advantage of the invite and got to spend the time watching the game. We also stopped for a snack at McDonalds, which was the first time I’ve been in one since getting to Europe. Instead of yellow and red, all of the McDonalds in Sweden and Copenhagen have the color scheme of red and dark green. It’s a very strange alternate universe of fast food and hockey here in Southern Sweden.