Seven - Is Varberg Swedish for Ghost Town?
I grabbed a scone and a mocha and hit the road, traveling
back into Sweden for a trip south. It was a long drive and I was in
no particular hurry, with only travel planned for this day. While the
radio stations were not high in number, those I found played a good
mix of music, mostly from from the US and UK.
Tegnér, a Swedish Bishop and poet, called Varberg the least
appealing place in Sweden. Rather than reject the notion, the small
coastal city often uses it as a marketing tool. Unlike Esaias, I found
Varberg to be charming place filled with friendly people. Though, almost
everything shuts down very early. After checking into the hotel, I walked
around town and saw almost no one out in the streets or city center.
All the shops were closed and it very much felt like a ghost town. Fortunately,
there were a few pubs that were open.
I wandered into Bar n Beer, an aptly named
pub, just at the start of the US
- Spain match in the Confederations Cup. I met up with a Scot named
Willie, who captains a boat of some kind, and was at the bar watching
the game. We had a great time watching the US upset Spain 2-0! and talk
about travel, Sweden, and everything else. Before long two local girls,
Anna and Emelie, joined us and we continued to drink and chat late into