Welcome to the weekend coffee share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? Perhaps ice coffee? Or ice tea? It’s currently around 86F/30C, and it looks like the heat is about to stay for at least the next ten days, or so. It is rather comfortable at the balcony, there’s a light breeze since I opened up almost all the glass windows, let’s sit there!
The picture above shows the current state of my balcony. Spring time was strange, with cold windy weather, and now we are experiencing a heat-wave. Some of the taller plants were injured by the cold nights this spring, and will be exchanged with new plants within a couple weeks. That considered, we still had a decent tomato harvest so far, and I am very grateful. I am warning you that this is going to be a slightly longer coffee share than usual. My daughter and I got back from a trip to Gothenburg last night.
I love traveling by train for many reasons, two of them being that I love watching one amazing landscape give room for the next, and at the same time have the peace of mind knowing that the whole trip generates carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to only about 4 ml of petrol per person, both ways (Falun-Gothenburg and Gothenburg-Falun.) The emission was produced when the renewable electricity from wind and hydropower the train company use to run the train were generated.
Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden, and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. When it comes to the vibe of the city I’d say that it is similar to San Francisco; the parks, the sea/ocean, harbour, restaurants, culture, music, and the big amount of people interested in living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Even the tram system is similar! I like Gothenburg! It’s one of the few cities that I could actually see myself living in, mostly due to the endless possibilities of nature experiences, and the easy access to a sustainable lifestyle, something everything in the city encourages; bike paths, walking trails, parks, energy efficient housing, local food, local business, a well developed public transportation system, the goal is for Gothenburg to have a 100% emission-free city by 2030 – the mindset of the city is very much in line with my values. So is Falun (the town where I reside,) and I am not planning on moving, but Gothenburg is a city worthy of a visit.
We visited one of my favourite parks Slottskogen, The archipelago of Gothenburg, Liseberg (one of the most visited amusement parks in Scandinavia,) and Universeum (the national science centre of Sweden.) To say that it’s been an intense week is an understatement. We usually don’t do this many different things within a few days, but there was plenty of experiences I thought would be beneficial for my daughter to have while in Gothenburg, and we’ll have plenty of time to digest them the rest of the summer, our vacation is just beginning, and the rest will be enjoyed at a slower pace.
The slideshow above is from Slottskogen. One of my favourite parks in Gothenburg. It is 137ha (one hectare contains about 2.47 acres) and the biodiversity of the plants and animals there are widely talked about. The park has many walking trails, and we enjoyed some of them. There are many green fields for picnics and sports, ponds, different types of forests, and a free orchard open to the public. There’s a children’s zoo with; farm animals of local breeds (including Gotlandsruss for pony rides,) seals, penguins, and a bird house. There are several playgrounds for children of different ages, and an outdoor gym for adults. Slottskogen is the home of many music festivals as well. The last photo of the show is a bench for anyone that would like someone to talk to. If you sit down on that bench it’s an invitation that you’d like to have a friendly conversation. The atmosphere in Gothenburg in general is very open and friendly.
The slideshow below shows part of the archipelago of Gothenburg that we visited. It was wonderful to visit the sea.
Gothenburg is the home to a fabulous amusement park, Liseberg. When I lived in Gothenburg I had a year pass to this park. Naturally I had to let my daughter experience the thrilling rides and beauty of this park as well.
When I lived in Gothenburg I also had a year pass to the science center Universeum, next doors from Liseberg. I really wanted to include a visit there as a part of my daughter’s experience this trip, and her education. (Hopefully many more visits to come.)
Universeum is the national science centre of Sweden and a powerful arena for education and popular education in science, technology and sustainable development. Our large house in the middle of Gothenburg houses science and experiences about the whole world – from large world oceans and the Amazon rainforest to a chemistry lab, technology lab and space. We give children and adults the knowledge and power to make the earth a better and more sustainable place to live.– https://www.universeum.se/experiences/house/
At Universeum we took a guided tour of the aquarium, and of the reptile room. We also learned a lot about space, and the planets in our solar system. We spent three hours there before taking the train back home to Falun. Three hours wasn’t enough. We could easily have spent more than one day there. Some parts of the science center is the same (more or less) throughout the year, and some themes are exchanged on a regular basis. The rainforest room and the aquarium is always amazing. There is a lot of hands on learning for children throughout the science center. My daughter LOVED it very much.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of Gothenburg, and I apologise for the long post. Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. Have a fabulous rest of your weekend!