Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Flag of Sweden  , Swedish Lakeland,
Thursday, February 17, 2011

On my second day of sightseeing the weather had declined a bit in Gothenburg. It even snowed off and on during the day.  We headed down to city center to take a peak at some of the other sights that Gothenburg has to offer.

We first stopped by to visit Liseberg, a huge amusement park right in the center of the city.  The amusement-park-downtown phenomenon is basically an epidemic in Scandinavia, all of the cities have one!  However, Liseberg is one of the biggest.  It was unfortunately closed for the winter season, but it did provide some nice scenery including the Liseberg Walk of Fame that memorializes some of Liseberg's mose famous guests ranging from ABBA (of course, our favorite Swedish import) to Michael Jackson.

Near Liseberg is the Universeum and the Museum of World Culture.  The Universeum is a discovery center mostly aimed at children, so we decided to stop in at the Museum of World Culture (not to mention that this one is free).  We had no idea what to expect of the Museum of World Culture.  Nadia hadn’t been to it yet since its creation in 2004.  Our impressions were imprinted by the huge billboard outside with "Kimono Fusion" written in big letters beside a cartoon of a Japanese woman.  That basically sums up the museum, actually.  It was weird, but it was also interesting.

The main exposition had various personal experiences and trinkets from people’s travels. It also had some quotes by Pippi Longstocking (another famous Swede) as part of a photo montage dedicated to travel.  It also had several other exhibitions set up related to travel such as a fake car thing with televisions displaying the outside as if you really moving.  I think the whole museum was basically a place for hippies to hang out, but when we were there it was overrun with kids who were playing “elevator tag” so we decided to get out of there as soon as possible.

Because it was so chilly outside, we decided to seek refuge by taking a boat up and down the Göta Älv, the river that runs through Gothenburg.  We circled around the river and saw the Älvsborg Bridge (built in 1966) which was only recently painted green in 2003, and the Eriksberg crane which is used for unloading and loading cargo.  I only really mention the Eriksberg crane because it appeared prominently numerous times on the local Gothenburg TV station so it must be some sort of landmark!

It started to snow a bit heavier by this time in the day so we made one last stop in at the Oscar Fredrick Church.  This beautiful church was built at the end of the 19th century, and of course the inside was beautiful, as most church in Europe seem to be.

After a day trip to Copenhagen, I was able to relax a bit and enjoy Gothenburg with Nadia’s family which was perfect.  We watched movies, bowled, and played Monopoly (imported from America!) and ate a lot (which was very easy to do seeing as how Nadia’s mother is Latin American) which is exactly what I should be doing on vacation.

PS: I forgot to add in a bit about Nadia's sister's apartment in Sweden.  Let's just say this: it was amazing! The entire wall of it that faced outside was a large glass door that could be completely opened in summer.  My favorite bit though was the bathroom.  The toilet had a button that designated whether you would flush with a lot of water or a little bit of water.  It gets better, the towel rack was heated AND the bathroom floor was heated as well.  No more cold feet in the morning. Ever.  Nadia's sister's husband thought I was crazy for taking pictures of the bathroom.
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