To travel away, but still be at home. That's how Skåne feels to me. Every time I'm here, I'm amazed at how continental it feels with all the beech forests, half-timbered houses and farm cafes. Driving around Skåne is like going on a quick trip around the world. The steep cliffs with grazing sheep at Ales Stenar take me to the green coast of Ireland, the white stands at Sandhammeren take me to the fine-grained beaches of western Florida and the colorful beech forests in autumnal colors take me to the south of England. Skåne's soul is really as far from my Norrland roots as I can get. We find an open farm cafe and settle down by a wood-burning stove. A small "coffee with bread" means a large plate full of four types of pastries. A full plate of enjoyment of life. Taking a "quick coffee" is an unknown word here in Österlen.
Although the weather apps had shown a completely overcast day, Skåne offered us its most beautiful November sky. A bright horizon let through warming sunshine over the hazy spring green fields. Who said November is the most boring month of the year? November is rather the most beautiful month of the year in Skåne. A bit like the hills of Tuscany in the early morning light - but all day long. A large herd of deer graze calmly on the side of the road while a large wild boar boar walks with determined steps in the direction of a pile of sugar beets. Even the falcons circling the fields don't seem to care that we come to visit. Österlen seems to be blowing out after the summer's onslaught. Unwind and recharge. Enough because I understand that Österlen is fantastic in the summer, but I prefer to visit when the rest of you are not here. Then I can pretend I've found an unknown holiday gem and keep the secret all to myself.