Sweden
Gothenburg

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  • Day21

    On checking at Munich Central Station, I was advised that there were no 2 or 4 berth sleepers available. All I could get was a couchette in a 6 berth compartment. The thought of sharing a small compartment with 5 big Germans full of the joys after their World Cup match win did not appeal, but it was either that or sleeping in a train seat. I was pleasantly surprised therefore on boarding the 22.52 Nightjet train to be told by the attendant that, because of a mix up over booking, I had a 6 berth compartment all to myself - ya dancer!

    I enjoyed a good night’s sleep in my couchette compartment, as we thundered through the night from Bavaria in south Germany to Hamburg in the north. ‘Thundering through the night’ was an expression my good friend Jean McCormack used whenever we were driving in the dark, and she used to say it followed by a girlish giggle. She was a bit eccentric at times, but I still miss her.

    The attendant brought a welcome simple breakfast of coffee, crispy rolls and butter and jam. We arrived at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof exactly on schedule, and I was in ample time to make my next connection to Copenhagen. Similar to my experience in Sicily (which now seems ages ago), the train actually rolls onto the ferry at Puttgarden, Germany and crosses to Roedby, Denmark in 45 minutes. Another exciting experience. Everyone had to leave the train for security reasons. This time however the ferry was much more upmarket, with restaurants, bars and duty free. Elegant, blonde Scandinavians sat on deck and opened their neatly packed Ikea lunch boxes nibbling at carrot batons and the like, while I tucked into my grilled sausage on a bread roll with potato salad and lashings of ketchup and mustard - yecannaewhackit.

    An hour was all I had in Copenhagen before catching my next connection to Gothenburg. However I did manage to see some of the Tivoli Garden rides from the station platform. Some passengers passing through Copenhagen obviously had not changed any currency into Danish Kroner and were stumped at the entrance of the pay-as-you-enter loo. ‘It’s ok’ announced the efficient lavatory attendant ‘we take the credit card’. Well, I know Scandinavia is expensive, but who’d have thought you needed a credit card to spend a penny. I just hope it was Contactless for hygiene reasons.

    Less than half an hour after we left that Wonderful, Wonderful city, we were crossing the famous Oresund Bridge, at almost 5 miles long the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe. I was particularly excited as the Oresund Bridge was the setting for the Nordic noir TV series The Bridge. (I meant to say that Split, Croatia was boasting it was one of the main locations for Game of Thrones, but I don’t watch that). A couple across from me, who were not in their first flush of youth, were very lovey dovey, and were constantly taking photos of each other on their mobiles with the bridge as a backdrop. I asked if they would like me to take a photo of them both, to which they reddened and explained that they shouldn’t be seen together. I decided not to press the matter further.

    Most of the trains I have been on have been very busy, and I was glad I had purchased a 1st Class ticket, as you were always guaranteed a seat, and sometimes extras like power sockets, free WiFi and refreshments. It was another sunny day as the railway hugged the coast as we sped up the Kattegat. On arrival at Gothenburg, I checked into the charming Hotel Royal, the oldest hotel in Gothenburg and family run. Complimentary coffee and cake was available in the foyer - a nice touch and very welcome.

    Had a nice walk about the city in the evening sunshine. It’s been many years since I was last here, and the place has changed quite a bit. A lot of folk were watching the World Cup on big screens. As I am only in Sweden for one night, I had brought some notes I had at home from my last visit, only to be told that they had been withdrawn last year! I therefore had to withdraw some cash from an ATM. When I tried to buy a bottle of water to get some change for the tram, I was told the shop did not accept cash. Swedish people pay everything by card I was told. Ah well, you live and learn…
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  • Day15

    Göteborg

    June 21 in Sweden

    Wir sind nur ein bisschen durch Göteborg durchgefahren. Wir versuchen große Städte und viele Menschen während unserer Reise zu umfahren...:)
    OBWOHL die Schweden wirklich die nettesten Menschen sind!!!

  • Day462

    Very strange start to the day. Our train to Gothenburg was at 1pm and the checkout time from our Airbnb was 12pm, so we figured we'd head out around 11am, have a quick look around and then go to the station.

    But at 10am, while I was having breakfast and still unshowered, we heard a bit of coming and going outside. Investigating, and knowing our host was flying to Berlin at 2pm, we thought we'd say goodbye. Turns out, her next Airbnb guest had arrived and the host asked when we were leaving! "Most people are gone by 10am". So we basically packed up and left within 10 minutes, feeling sort of shell-shocked!

    Like I said, it was the weirdest thing. I had said specifically last night that we were planning to leave around 11-ish, and that if she had left for her flight we'd put the keys in the mailbox. But she needed our keys for the next guest, and her own keys for herself, obviously! She gave us a 25% refund, but it's definitely going to be a bad review.

    We headed straight for the station in the end and chilled out for a couple of hours. The train itself was fantastic - very new and comfortable, and basically empty as well. Arrived in Gothenburg in about 2.5 hours, around 3:30pm.

    Caught a tram over to our apartment - again someone's spare room, this time with a late-middle aged lady and her early teenage son. We're staying in his room and he's in with his mum which is a bit odd - wrestling posters on the walls and stuff like that. But it was cheap, and they love Schnitzel! Quite sociable as well which is nice - very different from the last few places.
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  • Day463

    No world heritage sites today, just exploring the city of Gothenburg. Although it's Sweden's second-largest city, it's actually surprisingly small. The centre is quite compact and walkable, and although there's some reasonable-length shopping streets it doesn't take a whole lot of time to see everything.

    We had lunch at the fish markets down on the canal where we shared a crab and prawn baguette, and then grabbed a few other treats while walking around as we saw fit. Not really any particular highlights of the town, it's just a pleasant place overall. Arrived back home around 4pm where we relaxed and eventually had a supermarket dinner.Read more

  • Day344

    The last day of Sue & John's visit was here, the sun was shining and we wanted to make the most of the short time left together. Gothenburg has a good tram system and a line ran close to where we were parked, through to their hotel. Unfortunately we spent almost the entire journey trying to get the ticket machine to accept our bank cards because it didn't take cash!

    Making our way to the Trädgårdsföreningen park we passed yet more students celebrating their graduation, dressed smartly and in high spirits, blowing horns and whistles. Once in the park we followed the river and came to a rose garden and cafe. Wooden chairs and tables were set up amongst the flowers, sparrows and ducks hopping and waddling close by in hope of crumbs. It was a peaceful place to spend 20minutes with a drink and a cake.

    Close by were the glasshouses, with yet more tables and chairs beside the exotic palms, mosses and climbers. People had brought a packed lunch or a book and were able to take time out and relax in the warm for free. What a fantastic facility! For us however, time was ticking on, so we marched off towards our next port of call; the Fish Church. This fish market by the river is so called because of its close resemblance to a place of worship (see photo). On our way we were approached by a guy with a packed lunch in hand, wanting to ask us a question. Considering the number of street sellers we've encountered, using a range of different techniques we were wary to begin with but he said he thought we'd been emailing him and introduced himself as Jandi, a coordinator of WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) in Sweden. We have signed up to stay and work at a farm at the end of August, via this organisation which is based in Gothenburg. Jandi had been eating lunch on the riverside when he'd seen us pass by and recognised us from our profile photo!

    Our last sight to see was a hill top fort, we didn't get time to climb up to it and explore but we got to see it in all its glory from the street below. The fort may have been built to defend the town from invaders, but the locals couldn't have been more helpful to us foreigners, with two different people asking if we needed help or directions (in English) when we weren't looking sure where we were going.

    To minimise the risk of any delay getting to the airport we drove out of the city to a lakeside layby Will had found on Park4Night. We loaded up one of the stone tables with food and enjoyed a last picnic with Poppy in the sun and wind before laying back on a wooden jetty being gently rocked by the waves.

    The time had finally come to say goodbye to Sue and John. We'd been looking forward to their visit since they booked it back in October and it certainly hadn't disappointed. Being just 3 nights we had managed to pack the time full of activities without ending up exhausted. It had been wonderful spending time with family and we were a little tearful when we left them at the airport, but we kept in mind that we were well and truly past the half way point of our first stint living on the continent and only had 5 and a half months to go before we would return to the UK and see lots of people back home!
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  • Day341

    We have put together a film of the 7 days travelling between Slovenia and Sweden. It lasts a little longer than 15 minutes so if you'd like to see it, you might want to make yourself a cuppa before you click on the link! If you enjoy it, you can always subscribe to the VnW Travels YouTube channel to get notified whenever we upload something new!
    https://youtu.be/TIvOp2COrn8

    We were able to park at Landvetter airport and meet Will's sister Sue and our brother in law John at arrivals. We were so happy to see them after nearly a year! Earlier, we'd scoped out a nice looking café in the town of Landvetter so we all went there for open sandwiches, self service coffee and sweet treats of raspberry pavlova slice, cream doughnut covered in cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar and a cardamom bun - delicious but a lot more expensive than we were used to!

    After investigating what Swedish goodies WILLY'S supermarket had, we drove into central Gothenburg. For Sweden's 2nd city it isn't big, but alongside the trams and buses there was a lot of traffic and the atmosphere was buzzing. There were several cars with music blasting and young people hanging out of them waving Swedish flags and wearing what looked like sailors' caps. It was Friday afternoon and whilst we knew the coming Tuesday was National Swedish Day, we didn't know that this weekend was also a big one for students who had finished 3 years at the 'gymnasium'. They wore the white caps with their names in gold lettering upon graduating.

    Leaving Sue and John as close to their hotel as we could get, we fought our way through the rush hour traffic to a car park about 5km out of the centre where we parked up for the night and cycled back in. The cycle lanes were amazing, with traffic lights just for us and priority crossing side roads. We even found they had separate street lights when we cycled back out later that night.

    After a quick trip up to the roof terrace of Sue and John's hotel for a birdseye view of the city, we enjoyed wandering around the wide streets flanked with understated decoration on the tall, straight sided buildings. There were plenty of places to eat and an eclectic range of cuisines; burgers, sushi, falafels and pizzarias to name but a few. We always like to sample food typical of the country we are in and John's guidebook recommended a nice Swedish restaurant who luckily were able to fit us in. Gothenburg thrives on its reputation of innovative chefs who prepare traditional dishes with a modern twist. Familjen restaurant, with its emphasis on locally sourced food, certainly fitted the bill! We were brought dishes by the people who prepared them with an explanation of what they were. After bread and crisp bread with dips we had a starter of raw mackrell with cold jungle cucumber soup followed by pork with asparagus, green tomato and spruce shoots with a middle course of local cheeses and a desert of salted caramel ice cream on fresh strawberries with an almond flower topping. The whole meal was amazing and contained several things none of us had tasted before. The drinks menu even had the notation DFB- distance from brewery!

    As a post dinner treat, John and Will found a pub to sample some Swedish ale, while Sue and Vicky had fun at Liseburg amusement park; a permanent setup close to the city centre.
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  • Day12

    Göteborg

    Today in Sweden

    Gestern Abend sehr gut gegessen und uns nett mit Hubert und Elli unterhalten. Zwei Holländer, die mit dem Tandem in drei Wochen 1.400 Kilometer zurückgelegt haben. Kaum in Göteborg angekommen, setzte starker Regen ein. Wir überbrückten die Zeit in einem Cafe. Sind nun im Hotel Vanilla angekommen. Sehr großes und schönes Zimmer.

  • Day22

    Where's the mistake?

    June 9, 2017 in Sweden

    War das ein Start in den Tag! Ein Frühstücksbuffet für mich allein! (1) Ich war der einzige Gast im Golfhotel!👍
    Bei überraschend gutem Wetter machte ich mich auf den Weg nach Göteborg. Trotz einsetzendem Regen nach 70 km behielt ich meine gute Laune! (Positiv Denken ist echt die halbe Miete! = Es regnet , okay! 😢 Aber: Besser Regen mit Rückenwind und guten Kleidern, als Gegenwind und frieren!)
    Und so konnte ich in bester Laune, nachdem ich Velo, Anhänger und vor allem meine Tasche gewaschen hatte, mein tolles Zimmer auf einem Boot (!) beziehen!
    ACH JA: In welchem Bild fehlt etwas, und was? (Gewinner erhält Preis (Überraschung) nach meiner Heimkehr!😉)
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  • Day24

    A little bit of Crying!

    June 11, 2017 in Sweden

    Heute weinte nicht nur der Himmel in Göteborg! Kurz nachdem ich dieses Bild schoss (1, leicht bearbeitet, danke GIRLS für die Tipps vor einiger Zeit!) erhielt ich aus Baar die Meldung, dass mein Team verloren habe und wir damit abgestiegen sind!
    Nun ja, da ich sowieso keinen Platz in meinem Anhänger hätte, blieb bei Woolrich auf jeden Fall alles im Geschäft! 😉
    Ich begnügte mich mit 4 Bremsgummis für Nicole's BIANCHI (!) in St. Gallen und machte ein paar Bilder im Zentrum! (2,3,4,5)
    Morgen früh geht's weiter auf die letzten Teilstrecken, jeden Tag etwas näher an die FINAL DESTINATION‼️
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  • Day34

    Unsere Bäuchlein wachsen

    June 30, 2017 in Sweden

    Nach einem nächtlichen Feldweglager (sollte ja gemäß "Jedermannsrecht" hier kein Problem sein) waren wir noch etwas gerädert und daher kam ein kulinarischer Schlemmertag gerade recht.
    In Halmstadt stärkten wir uns in einer Barista-Bar für den bevorstehenden, intensiven Stadtbesichtigungsfußmarsch durch Göteburg. Dort wurden wir mit dem bisherigen Essenshighlight schlechthin belohnt: einer riesigen Zimtschnecke!
    (Meli will jetzt daheim unbedingt auch mal Zimtschnecken machen 😆)
    Und abends noch ein Bier für den Bierwamps...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Göteborg, Goeteborg, Gothenburg, Gotenburg, ዬተቦርይ, غوتنبرغ, جوتنبرج, Göteborq, Gotnburg, Горад Гётэбарг, Гьотеборг, Гётеборг, Γκέτεμποργκ, Gotemburgo, یوتبری, גטבורג, GOT, Gautaborg, ᐃᐅᑕᐳᕆ, ヨーテボリ, გეტებორგი, 예테보리, Gothoburgum, Geteborgas, Gēteborga, Гетеборг, योहतेबोर्य, گووتھنبرگ, กอเทนเบิร์ก, געטעבארג, 哥德堡

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