As a practice of counting my blessings, I've decided to do a weekly sum-up every Sunday to highlight the interesting things or places that I've found and learnt during the week. This week has been complicated, but still I found a handful of stuff worth mentioning and cherishing about life in Malmö.
1. Mitt Möllan
I just recently discover Mitt Möllan in Claesgatan and a great lunch place there. I swear that I have walked past that street so many times but it never occurred to me that there's a tiny shopping hall and a food court hiding themselves so well like that. It looks like a normal entrance to a shop but when you walk in, it actually is a mini-sized shopping mall with unusual unique hand-made clothing stores and craft shops. The small food court is also amazing with a decent variety of food to choose from. And they're not the boring franchises you would find in a normal shopping mall. My personal favorite was Pizza Dal Sud where they offer authentic Neapolitan pizzas. Definitely the best pizza I've had in Sweden so far! Too bad we were too excited to dig in our pizza before taking a picture, so here's a pic of a noodle salad from Lilla Vietnam which was also from the same food court.
2. Sibbarp Strand
I've been living for almost 2 years in Malmö and last Wednesday was the first time I visited Sibbarp beach. Watching the sunset from here is highly recommended as you will get the best view of Oresund Bridge and you can even see a glimpse of Denmark on the other side of the bridge as the sun goes down. There is a camping site nearby if you like to travel around living in a trailer or an RV. The facilities are great. My bf and I had a quick tour and were blown away to learn that they have everything there! Showers, kitchen, common playgrounds with basic entertainments and even dog showers! Seeing that almost made me want to trade my summer boat-life dream for the summer trailer-life dream. But nah, I still prefer the water.
Did you know that blackberries are crazily common here in Sweden? I bet everyone who lives here long enough knows, except me. I just found out recently. Seriously, blackberries are everywhere here. Its abundance is of equivalence to that of bilberries in Finland. Anywhere you go, you could find bushes and bushes of red and purple blackberries. I literally could not help but stopping whatever I was doing to pick up some of these natural goodies for a daily boost of antioxidants. Throw me in a bush of blackberries and I'll die happily in the arms of thy thorns. No. Just kidding. Blackberry's thorns are the worst. I scratched and bled my hands countless times trying to pick these berries. And then there's ants. Big ass ants. And when they bite, they take away a piece of your flesh. Maybe I'm exaggerating. But it felt exactly like that.
I've also learnt the importance of self-care in the past few days. I'd been to a very dark place earlier this week. A place where I realized the nice weather did not play a very big role on your mood, where I could find no joy and happy thoughts, where I did not see the purpose of waking up every morning. But luckily, I shook myself out of it. It's amazing and terrifying how manipulative your own mind could be. And I'm relieved that I'm not there anymore. At least for now. But if anyone who is reading this and finds yourself in the same place as I was, please remember that more than often things are much better than they might seem to you at that moment. Even if no one is around to tell you about all the good things in life that has yet to come to you, you HAVE TO tell yourself that. There ARE good things and good moments in life that you just couldn't see at that point. But they are there. Always. You just need to be able to see them. And I know that it's so goddamn hard to see things through when it feels like there's a big dark cloud above your head but you just have to be kind and patient with yourself, especially when no one else is giving a damn. You have to take care of yourself when no one does. Not in the way of indulging yourself, but as in keeping your mind and body healthy, fighting off toxic food both mentally and physically. Remind yourself that you're able and worthy. Because YOU ARE. Force your ass to the gym or just out of the house and get some damn fresh air. Force yourself to toss away all the yummy greasy fast foods and save yourself the potential melt-down when you see all that cellulite on your thighs. Force yourself to reach out to your friends and humbly ask for some human interaction. Put on one episode of The Role Models Podcast and make yourself realize that all successful people went through difficult and vulnerable times of their lives too. Make sure that you can depend on yourself when there's hardly anyone for you to depend on. Be your own goddamn best friend. This shit is so old and cliché but it IS true. Be nice to yourself and give yourself some credits and compliments because goddamnit you are more than worthy of all that!