Swedes love sunbading, so when the sun first comes out and melts the snow, the parks start to fill up with families, students, couples, children, stagparties etc. they are playing games, having barbecues, drinking beer and red wine... During the summer many are waring bikinis or other beachwear. There´s many parks in Göteborg to choose from. Slottskogen is very nice with it´s bonds, wide lawns, forests and animals. Buy an "engång´s grill" (disposable grill), few stakes and a bottle a white wine, take a fresbee with you and experience summer in a swedish way.
The place for buing alcohol is called "Systembolaget". In Sweden buing alcohol is not just a matter of walking in to the shop and picking up what you want. Here in Sweden you have ton choose what you want from a catalogue or looking at the bottles on the shelfs behind locked glasses... Then you go and get a Q-number and when it´s your turn you walk up to the counter (like in the pharmacist or something) and ask for what you want. Then the man/woman gets the bottles for you from behind the counter. ID is always asked for.
This is a swedish thing, at least I´ve never seen it anywhere else. In the pubs, nightclubs and restaurants there´s this thing called "afterworks". It´s mainly on fridaynights and the thing is that pubs etc. serve free food and drinks for the half price, you just have to pay the cloakroom-fee. The food is usually very greasy and maybe salty too, to encrease your thirst... Still it´s a great thing. In Göteborg try Avenue 10, Sarah or Sports bar O´Reilly`s for this.
They usually start around 5pm. and last for few hours. But this varyes from place to place.
There is really so much to see...
There is really so much to see in Göteborg itself. The avenyn is a great strip for shoppping and people watching. However if you have some extra time take a train from the train station to Varberg (a coastal city a short distance away). The city has a lot of charm and an interesting history.
GOTIA CUP (I apologize for the...
GOTIA CUP (I apologize for the name... I don't remember exactly). This event takes place every year in Göteborg and I was very surprised when we were walking by the streets and found lots of people going to the Football Field (Ullevi Stadium). It consists of a great competition where young people of all over the world play for a Cup similar to the FIFA World Championship.
If you are ever invited into a...
If you are ever invited into a Swedes house always take off your shoes as you go in. This is a polite custom. Also if you want to buy alchohol there is only one place called System Bologet. Its open weekdays but not weekends. Be warned, Swedish alcohol tax means you pay more. Buy Duty Free if you can. And you must be 20 years to buy alchohol there.
In Göteborg I also had my...
In Göteborg I also had my first alcohol in Scandinavia experience. We went to one of the official alcohol shop because we were curious what the prices were like. You have to buy alcohol in one of these shops which are run by the state - you don't get it anywhere else.
I felt like doing something prohibited. You had to pull a number, wait and when your number appeared you could go up to the counter and tell the lady what you wanted to buy. Very strange feeling...and very high prices!!
Talk about the weather with...
Talk about the weather with everybody and sigh alot. People here love to talk about the weather (if you haven't noticed) Talk about the summer that never came cause it rained so much. Talk about the snow that never came because it rained instead. (Or if it came, melted so quickly that Santa missed the whole of Gothenburg because he thought it was a lake.)Yay for living by the sea!
Heading back to the hotel after the evening stroll we crossed this shop ... have you ever since such a bycicle ??? Yes, it's biggggggggggggerrrrrrrrr than usual !!!
On the archipelago islands (as already written in transportation tips) they do not have cars ... but believe me they have bicycles :-)
At the bar
At bars it's more than common to take your own plate/coffee/cake on a self-service basis.
Most of bar run the service in this way ... so do not sit and wait, nobody will come.
Do not smoke
Even if I'm a moderate smoker I like when they forbid smoking in closed environment; here it's Nordtsan, the big shopping center covering part of downtown
2002, July 1st:*...
2002, July 1st:
* Malena-Spader, Åke-akeke & Viviane-Porteplume... We had just met & this was the beginning of a great day !