On the Rocks: Exploring Styrsö

Brace yourselves, summer is coming. The days are getting longer (especially here in northern Europe), the weather’s getting warmer and the schools are ending their year. While residents of Gothenburg are known to love spending their afternoons on terraces when it’s...

Coffee Shop Guide (Fika)

Coffee Shop Guide (Fika) In Gothenburg we all love to drink coffee and eat cake. This we call “fika” which is really a way to sit down and talk without having to order a beer. It is a great way to meet friends when you don’t want to be at each other’s apartments, and...

The Moose-Delay

I wondered why the conductor wouldn’t stop blabbering through the speakers. My three Swedish lessons have gotten me only so far as to understand everything about the “fika & kanelbullar” special on board. I was on my way to Stockholm for a weekend-getaway with...

4 cities, 3 time zones, 1 week: The Balalaika & Vodka Tour

If you feel like experiencing the same adventure as mentioned in the title, this Scanbalt trip may be for you! Captured by the interesting tour description, my passion for travelling immediately kicked in. As I came to Gothenburg for exchange I made a list of places I...

The Heart of Gothenburg

Every time I visit a new city, I’m always interested in seeing what I’d like to call the ‘heart’ of the area. Some people think I refer to the city centre, but that’s not always the case. The heart of a city doesn’t have to be the place where the most tourists are or...

The Little Things in Gothenburg

Beautiful architecture is abound in the city of Gothenburg, where trams roam the streets, and international students get excited about the Fika culture. Prior to arriving, from sunny Singapore, I expected my shutterbug nature to zealously want to engrave the scenery...

Home Away From Home

See, there is something about my culture and my family traditions that you need to know to fully appreciate my story. The thing is, my family really emphasizes on spending time together. For me, this was in the form of gathering around the table to have a home-cooked...

Setting Sail in Gothenburg, Sweden!

25 May Let’s face it: Gothenburg is great as a coastal city, but things can be a bit rainy at times. So where do you go when you want to enjoy the water, but without getting actually wet? The Sjöfartsmuseet (maritime museum), with its historical artefacts and...

Getting Rid of The Winter Blues

3 October Surviving the winter in Gothenburg is not always an easy task, especially during those long months! Many of us internationals from the tropics experience a huge weather/climate shock when moving to Sweden. To our utter dismay it can be difficult to adapt not...

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Learning Swedish?

When new in Sweden many want to learn the Swedish language. There are of course many official ways to do this such as through: – SFI (Swedish for immigrants) – Folkuniversitetet SFI – Humanisten (faculty of languages) There are, however, many more ways to learn...