30 March 2017: We didn’t plan much for today since we needed to spend some time cleaning up and packing. The kids requested that we visit a toy store, so I got online to see if there was one closer to the apartment than the main/big toy store downtown. Sure enough it turns out that there is a branch of that same store nearby — just a few stops away on the #4 bus. This particular toy store is located inside a small mall, so I thought perhaps we might browse a bit and get some lunch as well.
The bus was quick and easy and it dropped us off just across the street from the entrance to the mall. This particular mall is definitely not a big place, but it has many of the popular stores that you find elsewhere. Although not that big, the toy store had enough of a selection that the kids found a few things that they wanted — a couple of small Lego sets and a package of 6 bouncy balls. After we paid for our purchases, we found a pizza place in the food court. We all split a margarita pizza, which was incredibly tasty and one of the best pizzas we’ve had in the city.
The kids purchased their own smoothies from a separate stall. Then they picked out a table, way up high. Some of the seating is stadium-style and every table has a little lamp on it. Truly it is the most deluxe food court I’ve ever been to.
Later I found out that this food court is quite highly regarded, as many of the restaurants are operated by famous chefs. It’s open for lunch and dinner, so I’m sure that we’ll return again soon.
After lunch, we dropped off our bags in the apartment and then went out to a playground nearby. It was fairly crowded with families, a preschool class, dogs, and some people grilling out, but it was still quite easy for the kids to run around and have a great time.
After we left the playground, the kids stayed outside playing with their bouncy balls for more than an hour. I gave them the apartment key so that they could let themselves in. We will definitely have to run them through the shower tonight — they played hard today and they ended up rolling around on the ground in the gravel and dirt from time to time. I just hope that I can get their coats in decent enough shape to be able to travel home in them tomorrow.
We hate to have to leave in the morning, but we needed to book our return to be home in time to pick up Thomas from his Italy trip. Hopefully we’ll be back again soon — our stay in Sweden is always too short!
So we ended up eating dinner at the same place that that Lucy, Isaac, and I had lunch. By the time we were heading to our evening meal, it was snowing quite a lot. Happily, it was easy to take the #4 bus to the fancy food court.
Three of us ordered ramen soups for dinner while Lucy had fish and potatoes. That’s the great thing about a food court — everyone can get what he or she wants. We will definitely return with Thomas since he can choose anything he’d like. He’ll love this place.
On our way home, it was snowing even harder. Hopefully it will be the last snow here, since all the Swedes we know really want spring to arrive soon.
We’re home now, trying to get up the courage and energy to pack up tonight. Tomorrow morning we won’t have much time, so everything really needs to be done now. Wish us luck, as we prepare to leave and long for the next time we all get to visit. Until next time!