Before heading home for a few days, I visited another wonderful Nordic city. I’ve been there a couple times before but I think I’d never spent as much time in restaurants and cafés as I did this time (let’s talk about this in a few days). I stayed at Sleep in Heaven hostel for the first time. It’s been recommended to me a couple times before so I was really curious about that place. It really was quite a nice low-budget accommodation in an otherwise expensive city, despite the three-level bunk beds that were sort of scary. It was situated next to a cozy park in a quiet neighborhood, where I took most of my photos.
One more piece of work I did during my studies in Gothenburg. It’s called «The Ordinary», it’s a book and I believe it’s the topic of the last Gothenburg post in this series. The photo book is about The Ordinary and takes a look at it from different angles. At the beginning, I was working on two separate projects simultaneously; however, I noticed that they may as well be connected due to an array of connections. Learn more about it on its portfolio page.
Second and last stop in Norway was Bergen, where I fell in love with the old houses that are spread around the city in small groups. Unfortunately, most of the city is different nowadays and the traditional parts are almost gone. Some of the nicest old areas are «Knøsesmauet», «Byggen» (tourist hotspot) and the area at the foot of the hill «Fløyen», near the funicular. I went up the hill too to enjoy the views. Instead of taking the funi, though, I chose to walk up, only takes about 45 minutes and is well worth it.
So my time in Gothenburg was over. What followed for me were three and a half weeks in Norway and Denmark, before spending a week at home in Switzerland and starting on a whole new adventure. My first stop in Norway was Oslo, only a few hours’ bus ride from Gothenburg. I climbed on the opera house’s roof, cause that’s what tourists do in Oslo.
After my studies in Gothenburg, I went on a trip with a few of my non-Swedish Sweden friends. We were lucky enough to stay for free in a lovely cabin in the woods for a week (actually it was a rather big house with two floors, sauna, a spacious garden with a shed and much more situated right next to a nice little pond). The cabin was situated beautifully in the midst of idyllic Småland, the region which is home to «Pippi Långstrump» («Pippi Longstocking»).
On my very last day in Gothenburg, I took another trip to the Southern Gothenburg Archipelago. This time, the ferry brought me to a car-free island called Styrsö, which is home to about 1500 folks. Most of them seem to own a «flakmoped» – a three-wheeled moped, usually built (or modified rather) on that island, the number one vehicle on there. By the way, I passed another island called «Köpstadsö» with the ferry – its 100 inhabitants’ (it’s 300 in summer) prime means of transport is the wheelbarrow.
Boom, that’s it. Another island in my next post.
A few snapshots I took while randomly strolling around Gothenburg. Except for the «Liseberg» ones (that’s the theme park), those were taken from my apartment/bedroom/home. More soon.
Not much blah blah here, just a few snapshots of my international Gothenburg friends, our brunches, walks along Delsjön, Slottsskogen, and one of these rare sunny days walking around the city. Don’t complain about the dust on the negatives, I was in a hurry.
It was on the first or second weekend in Sweden that I went to Vrångö, a wonderful small island in the Southern Archipelago of Gothenburg. We picked the most beautiful, sunny day we possibly could for this first of many excursions. It was warm enough even for a wonderful picnic – including hummus! We was a fairly big group of international design and arts students who had only just arrived in Gothenburg and were about to start their exchange studies.