This weekend Gothenburg was hit by a snow storm, creating a new snow record. The old record from 1967 was 53 cm. Today Gothenburg has had snow on the street for 67 days in a row, the longest period since 1985. It’s cold as well, likely the coldest for fifteen years. But hey, it’s beautiful in the sun! I went for a lovely walk along the deserted streets.
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After the cool zombie walk a few months ago it was time to hit the city once more with something wierd. I wrote a year ago about the “freeze” action in large cities. The Grand Central Station freeze is still the best one in my opinion, but there are other cool versions as well. Today I participated in the event where 500 people froze in the center of Nordstan, Gothenburg.
As I’m writing these lines Bill Gates is sitting in a church a few hundred meters away. Bill is attending the wedding of Charles Simonyi and a girl from my hometown Gothenburg. Simonyi is one of the main responsible for abominations such as Word and Excel, and also the man behind Hungarian notation (are you still using it?).
The time had come to visit the overpriced frenzy of Way Out West. It turned out to be just as I thought it would be. It’s quite comfy to visit a festival at the heart of your home town. At any time you can walk home to your own bed instead of crawling across the mud into a ravaged tent. This fact unfortunately also turns the festival into a very calm and somewhat boring place.
I was leaving my apartment this morning and walked north along the narrow streets. Suddenly I heard a voice somewhere shouting “Nooo! I’m innocent!” (though in juvenile Swedish). I then saw two soldiers in camouflage uniforms running across the intersection with assault rifles and heavy comm gear.
The culling of cinemas in my home town continues. After the tragic demise of Victoria and Draken (even though it still lives as a host for the annual cinema festival) the time has come to two old friends: Downtown and Palladium.
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.
For half a decade, there has been a strange boat situated in the Gothenburg harbour. It is the Chinese restaurant called Floating Sea Palace, cleverly disguised as a dragon ship. It has no engine and the dragon has seen better days, but it has been there for an eternity in my mind.
The temperature of today is more like an early autumn day, but that doesn’t stop people from decorating Gothenburg with all sorts of lights. As always, there is only one rule: More than last year. But it seems like the expensive tradition is catching up on people.
Unlike many other parts of the world, Sweden has a fairly good tradition of freshly brewed, strong coffee. In fact, there is not a single Starbucks vendor in the entire country! However, there is good coffee and there is great coffee. Most worshipers of the black gold have their own personal favorites in their local area, and the following are my favorite coffee shops in Gothenburg.