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.