We were just in Finland (pictures to follow) and we took a three day trip over to Gothenburg, Sweden to visit our friends Alexandra and Jonas, who just moved back there from Seattle. We got in early and wandered around the city a bit in the morning, then went and saw Alex at her work. She is doing Zebrafish research, and is in the process of setting up her fish facility.

In the afternoon, we explored the city some more, and found the Skansen Crown, which is a fort from the 17th Century. It is up on a hill overlooking the city center. We also stopped by the Oscar Fredrik Church, which is one of Gothenburg's largest and most decorated.
We were too late to make it into the "Fish Church" which is a big fish market, so we picked up some exciting looking pastries for dessert and made our way back to Alex and Jonas's to play with Rakel. Note Heathers amazing timing with the exploding balloon photo.

The next day, Alex took the day off from work and we went exploring. We drove up the coast to the village of Ronnang, which is a small fishing village, and not much was happening, as it's winter and there are no tourists. Apparently it's quite the popular place in the summer. We found a path up the big hill above the town that gave us some great views of the town, as well as the village of Astol, which is out on a very small island, reached only by ferry.

That night, we picked up Jonas and Rakel and drove south to Varberg where there is another fort, which we saw a very little of at sunset, as well as the Kallbadhuset - a bathhouse where you get warm in the sauna and then swim (or just dunk) in the ocean. It was very cold in the ocean! It's a beautiful building, though.

We spent another couple days exploring the city of Gothenburg. We went to the Konstmuseet, the Gothenburg Museum of Art, which is a great example of fascist architecture, and has a statue of Poseidon in the plaza out front. The museum, as is the case with all the museums we went to, does not allow cameras inside.

We spent a good deal of time trying to get to the Volvo Museum, as it seemed to be a good Swedish thing to do. But try as we might, we were unable to find it. We did find the Volvo factory and many a large Volvo sign. And Heather talked with a Volvo security guard who had no idea where the museum was.

We also got to go to the grocery store with Alex and Jonas and pick out all sorts of strange looking Swedish foods which we had for dinner on Thanksgiving.

As always, thanks for looking,

Jim

Posted 12/18/2008

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