29. August 2021
Day 86: Big City Life
Raska Minas to Borås
As the day is going to be short I take it slowly on this cloudy Sunday morning.
By 7 o'clock I'm on my way. Surprisingly, there is a fair amount of hiking trail today. Mostly nice and easy to hike. Only the trail marking is, in my opinion, a bit bewildering at times. Markers were there but not exactly well placed, making me take the wrong way every now and then. As I am approaching the outskirts of Borås, I give up following the markers and use my phone to navigate. Being a friendly Sunday afternoon, after a couple of rainy days, lots of people are out and about.
By 14:00, I arrive at Knalleland. A massiv shopping mile just north of the city. It's a somewhat funny name as in German it means "banging land". Anyway, it's where I meet Rita, my couchsurfing host for tonight. She's a wonderful host, offering me everything I need. A warm, delicious, late lunch, laundry and hot shower. We have some great talks, where I learn interesting things about the Swedish society, before we had back to Knalleland for some shopping.
I feel a bit lost in this vast shopping area after spending the last couple of weeks on mountains or in the forest. Nevertheless, I find everything I need, eventually:
Gas, finally, and food for three days. Enough to the outskirts of Göteborg, where I will turn south towards Halmstad. At this moment, I have not decided yet, whether I should head respectively detour into Göteborg or continue directly to Halmstad. It will be a spontaneous decision.
What a great feeling, sleeping on a real bed again. A welcome change from my inflatable mattress. I think I will sleep like a baby.