Deciding to take the cheapest flight available also meant dealing with the longest layovers possible – and three separate flights. In total, Charlotte and I spent about 3 hours in the air and about 25 waiting for the next flight. This did, however, mean we got the chance to take a good look around Copenhagen. We walked around the city, visiting the botanical gardens and walking up to see The Little Mermaid which – after a quick Google – I discovered has had her head sawn off twice, and also been exploded off her rock. She’s quite the target for political activism it seems. After a long day of walking, we found as comfy a spot as any (four chairs in one of the terminals) and decided to sleep. Not the best night’s sleep I’ve had, but actually not the worst.
The next layover in Stockholm was around 5 hours – too short for us to comfortably leave the airport. I’ve got to say, terminal 5 of Stockholm airport is lovely: great seats, plug sockets and desks, a whole array of shops and restaurants… It’s a shame our flight was from terminal 4, which turned out to be a further distance away than we assumed. Fortunately, security wasn’t busy and we made it to our gate with plenty of time to spare – but we were panicked for a moment! I decided to take a nap on the plane to catch up on some lost sleep, and only really woke up when we were touching down – but Charlotte described Umeå as being surrounded by forest, something I’ve seen for myself after the few days I’ve spent here.
It’s been a quiet first week, having been in on only Monday and Wednesday so far, but everyone I’ve met so far has given us a warm welcome. We visited one of the closest experimental sites on Wednesday, taking a look at where some of the data the university has collected came from. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to see any moose (despite finding evidence of them), but I’m hopeful we’ll spot one, or at least some reindeer, in the coming months.