“We had very little knowledge of Sweden apart from the Vikings, very cold winters and a liberal, free society so we were happy to take a chance on a home exchange there for four weeks. Our next problem was where is Eksjo? Sweden is actually a very large country compared to many other countries within Europe so getting around it takes some time. Our swap was southwest of Stockholm (one of the great cities of Europe), about four hours by train and in the forest region. Sweden is often passed off as a place where not much happens and life can pass by at a fairly slow pace. Eksjo could be thought to be very like this but the great thing about home exchanges is that you make them into whatever you want. Eksjo is one of the few medieval towns that still exist in Sweden and as such has some great buildings and architecture to investigate, the local tourism office has a very good audio walking tour for SEK 40, about Euro 4.30 or au$ 6.00. The local museum has a wonderful collection of diorama showcasing Eksjo's military history and life events which is well worth an hour or more of your time. Within 2 to 3 hours you have access to iron and bronze age ruins, castles, nature reserves and wildlife habitats, especially birds, that are breeding sites of international importance. Travelling in Sweden by car is very easy as the roads are good and the drivers are not mad like many other countries within Europe. Speed limits are generally 90 km on the open road so you need to calculate times in view of this. Train travel is also very efficient but not necessarily cheap and it is not possible to use foreign credit cards through the SJ Train Internet site so other charges are incurred when booking by phone. The train system covers a huge amount of the country. Eva also suggests bus travel but this is something we did not try; 'It is good and cheaper'. One advantage of travel in a place like Sweden is that many people speak English which makes travel and accommodation arrangements easy to organise. Sweden is not a cheap place to holiday in when you start to investigate accommodation but Eksjo and a car included in the exchange helps overcome some of this expense as there are many day trips you can make such as to some of the great glass blowing and glass factories that Sweden is world famous for as well as to moose parks and nature reserves. Getting to Eksjo is most likely the hardest part of the exchange. Flying in to Stockholm or Copenhagen are really the only options by air even though you can fly into other places but for cheap deals these are the two better options. From either of these places it is train or bus which is anything from three (Copenhagen) to five (Stockholm) more hours of travel so I would recommend a night in either place if you are not arriving earlier in the day. Our exchange partner, Eva, has a lovely townhouse within a typical Swedish housing complex that offers all the mod-cons needed to enjoy a good house swap. The kitchen is very modern and well equipped with an excellent stove, induction hot-plate and dishwasher. The open living plan of the house offers light and warmth which adds to the relaxed atmosphere of the place. The bathrooms are also modern and the timber flooring throughout makes for easy and quick cleaning - a very valuable asset when you want to be out and about on your holiday. Another plus is a good and comfortable bed! An interesting aspect to the house is Eva's art work which adorns the walls, adding colour to every room. Furthermore, in the house is a broad range of interesting travel ideas which give an overview of the various regions within Sweden covering culture, history, the arts and nature. Again, the well organised local tourism office supplies material in English and other languages and also offers assistance with accommodation around the countryside as well in the larger cities such as Kalmar, Gothenburg and Stockholm. Eksjo has some very good walks around it and even though you don't have to travel far to see a lake in Sweden Eksjo has its own which is a nice place to have a walk or a picnic. Our autumn stay was an artwork in progress with the magical colour of the trees changing bit by bit each day which only makes you think you should come back again to see the springtime.”
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