A weekend in Gothenburg

Monday 27 November 2017

This year has been a pretty good one for cheap travel. I've got a sharp eye when it comes to the Ryanair sales, and one of the few benefits of a zero-hours work schedule is some occasional flexibility - so I've made the most of it whilst I still can. A couple of weeks ago, I headed off on a long-awaited trip with five old school friends. We haven't been away together since a post-A-levels trip to Majorca which was less about culture and more about drinking and sunbathing. Several years later, we still managed to get in a bit of alcohol - mainly in the form of Glühwein - but we were a little more imaginative when it came to our activities!

The weekend was largely food-based. We visited the small shops around the Kronhuset, sampling chocolate (great), liquorice (not so much) and salmiak (definitely not for us). We ate meatballs and lingonberry jam in the Saluhallen, were given free hot waffles by a visiting church, and picked up local Swedish cheese to eat back at the apartment. We headed to Barn for great cocktails and fantastic burgers, and overloaded on cheap churros at the Christmas markets. We got giant head-sized cinnamon buns and Swedish cheese pie at Cafe Husaren. I stayed an extra day and had amazing Italian food at Hotel Bellora (who also offer a breakfast buffet that dreams are made of; the full works). In between all the eating, we took a trip out tVrångö, the most southerly island in the Gothenburg archipelago, to wander around the island and plan our moves to Sweden; rode the wooden rollercoaster at Liseberg amusement park, complete with awful mid-scream photographs; sweated it out in the mini rainforest and sat mesmerised by the aquarium at Universeum; and walked for miles around Slottsskogen park in the snow and sunshine. I didn't tick off any of my museums, but that's all the reason to go back - I'm planning for the summer.

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