We’re re-watching the TV-series Wallander on Netflix. While it was on PBS, we missed several episodes, and it has also been quite some time ago. It is just as enjoyable as I remember it, and of course, the fact that one of my all time favourite actors — Kenneth Branagh — plays the lead character doesn’t hurt. Apparently Branagh read all the novels in one month, then he approached Henning Mankell and asked if he could play Wallander. Good thing he did. The Swedish version of this started on TV there the year after I left so I’ve never seen it — hence I have nothing to compare it to. But … being a Swedish person and all, I must say the Brits have done a terrific job on it. Most of the time I forget that they are Brits playing, speaking English — that’s how well they’ve captured the moods and atmosphere of this dark story. I appreciate that I’m able to reflect on things and occurrences that I would never have noticed had I not left the country.
All these horrific murders take place in the tiny town of Ystad, at the southernmost tip of Sweden. If all of this had happened in such a small place, in real life, it would have been a disaster beyond comprehension — that’s the great thing about fiction. This is a part of the country, where I’ve only spent a few days in my life, 2011, this is just one of hundreds of pictures I took while I was there. In this photo, you see Öresundsbron — Öresund Bridge — across the Öresund Strait, between Sweden and Denmark. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any great pictures of the bridge … the time I spent there was rather … ‘compressed’, so to speak. “The Bridge” is another TV-series I thought I’d written about here before, but now I can’t find it. Anyway, if I lived there, in the county of Skåne [Scania], I think I would bicycle a lot 🙂 it’s very flat, hardly any hills at all.