June 22, 2013:
Sitting on Skåneexpressen 1 to Kristianstad. The bus
passes a roundabout with jet of water. I get off the bus at Sjöcronas gata and
goes back to the roundabout with the water jets. There is a road to east
signposted "lowest point" (lägsta punkten). I follow the road signs with the "lowest point"
leading me on. Passing a turning place with a parking sign for buses. Is there
such a tourist attraction? The place is in a book
place to avoid as a tourist. Further, on a dirt road to a parking area. From
there, a gravel path into a grove of trees, where Sweden's lowest point is
A position shows how far down 2:41 meters below sea level is. A wavy plate
illustrates the sea level. A pennant shows the surface of the water during the
floods 2002, 4:56 meters above the lowest point. Kristianstad is protected by
embankments, hoping they hold. On sail screens is information about the lowest
point and the area "Vattenriket". The lowest point was former a lake
bottom. To get more arable land was in the 1860s embankments built in what was
then Nosaby Bay in Hammarsjön and one pumped out the water.
I look around in the grove. Some tables and benches are placed. The tables are
with chains firmly anchored in the ground. Are they so attractive to thieves?
On a birch trunk sits a nest box, with a note on safe6.nu. Later I look up the
page, "for men who have sex with men". The box is a condom nest. The lowest
point is a place to meet. The box is empty. On the ground lies a mossy
shoe. Adjacent is a shaver. It is a lush greenery. The spring bloom. On the
ground are many shells. Adjacent is the pulsating traffic on the highway. A
trench, where do the water flows? Maybe for drainage?
I sit at one of the entrenched tables and eat my lunch. A man comes, looking
at condom nest, and leave again. A couple passes with their dog. A jogger passes
on a trail. No more tourists besides myself. I'm leaving. Three cars with
people in them are
parked on the parking lot. More tourists? It may be, I do not know, I am not
waiting to find out.
Is the site hosting the award "Dreary attraction"? Well, I do not really agree
with. The place is maybe dreary in itself, but the show and place gives a
feeling of a piece of history and Kristianstad problems to lie low. So no, I
think it was worth a visit for me.