These are icy isolation times in Gothenburg. The temperature has been freezing for weeks and the pandemic threat of covid-19 is looming over us all. As the days grew darker during the autumn and the dreaded “second wave” was hitting the rusty shores like a ton of bricks, one could still see people on the streets.
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2020 has been one of the most disruptive years in modern history. In addition to the awful pandemic tragedies, we also saw climate catastrophes, faction wars, violent protests and a batshit crazy (pun intended) president advising his citizens to inject bleach. To name but a few.
For many the autumn is a season of melancholy. Some sort of confirmation that decay is the fate of all mankind, while we gaze upon the colorful trees as the last vestiges of beauty.
It’s that time of year again! Even though I’m not really a flower guy, there’s no denying that these crisp pink things are a sight to behold. The distinctive trees are a herald of the spring, preceding the annual Chalmerscortègen by a week.
It’s that time of year again and yesterday Gothenburg was hit by the largest snowfall since 2010. The city became wonderfully silent as all trams and buses were cancelled. The grumpy locals started to walk to work and sometimes I even glimpsed a smile on their faces. Better enjoy it while it lasts!
Gothenburg is quickly becoming one of the greatest beer destinations in Europe. Despite the proud heritage of breweries such as Carnegie, the craft beer revolution hadn’t really been taking off until about five years ago. If you plan to visit Gothenburg for a beer or two, here are some of my favorite places for craft beers in Gothenburg.
Today, the storm with the somewhat awkward name Egon hit the shores of Gothenburg. This resulted in a water level far beyond the normal.
When you suddenly notice that the entire city has been lit up like a Christmas tree, you realize that it’s that time of year again. As I walked around to explore the lit areas and compare them to the efforts of previous years, it struck me that this has been going on for ten years.
An old nerd joke goes like this: “There are only 10 people in the world. Those who understand binary, and those who don’t”. Regardless of your understanding of that mathematical wordplay, the date of today is quite special. A date with six identical numbers only happens once every hundred year.
Exactly ten years ago an European Union summit was held in my hometown Gothenburg, featuring George Bush, Tony Blair, Jaques Chirac and other suits. The situation was a bit tense, since previous meetings had stirred major demonstrations and hostilities in Nice, Seattle and Amsterdam.
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