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.
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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.
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 and yesterday Gothenburg was hit by the largest snowfall since the snow record of 2010. The city became wonderfully silent as all trams and buses were cancelled.
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.
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.
An old 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.
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.
The largest sports event of 2010 is without any doubt the Soccer World Championship in South Africa. Events like these make the world grind to a stop when it’s getting close to kickoff.
After two years at sea, the large ship Ostindiefararen today reached it’s final destination, my home town Gothenburg. It had sailed from Gothenburg to Guangzhou (Kanton) in China, visiting the ports of Recife, Cape Town, Jakarta, Shanghai and many more on it’s voyage.