Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg Sweden impressions

I only visited the city during the week so I wasn’t really able to experience the night life fully.  There really wasn’t much to do.  I spent a lot of my time just hanging around the main mall people watching.

Looking down on Gothenburg main street

Looking down on Gothenburg main street

I took a tram up to the well-reviewed Gardens on tripadvisor, but it was pretty sad.  Then again, it was basically winter.

Botanical Garden (Botaniska Tradgarden)

Botanical Garden (Botaniska Tradgarden)

 

That was the only photo I took of the entire gardens – the rest of it was entirely forgettable.  I passed only a couple of people walking on the grounds, locals out for some exercise.

This leg of my trip did give me one of the most best memories that I’m glad I got on video.  I took a train from Copenhagen to Gothenburg (and later onto Stockholm) and there was an awesome cloud formation that gives you one of those moments of “Ok the world is fucking awesome.  How many people really get to see this special thing right now?”, similar to seeing the northern lights in Reykjavik.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Impressions of Copenhagen

It’s no wonder everyone rides a bike here.  The streets and sidewalks are mostly old uneven European brick, making walking large distances painful and sometimes dangerous if you aren’t looking where you’re stepping.  When I say everyone, I’m not kidding – seeing bike parking like this was commonplace everywhere:

copenhagen 8

 

Here I’m climbing one of Copenhagen’s old churches and looking out over the city:

Once I caved into renting a bike from the hostel I was staying at, my mobility in the city increased greatly and so did my enjoyment.  I didn’t have to worry about walking to some far corner of the city for a night club or a restaurant that didn’t exist anymore – I could just bike away.  The bike came equipped with a rear-wheel lock that was self-enclosed and part of the bike itself – no need to carry around a stupid bike lock everywhere.

I ate some pizza at Gorm’s

Ate a buffet at Restaurant Samos

Healthy salads at Chilimili

After a couple days at the hostel I switched to Hotel Adlon just down the street

Had cocktails at Ruby

Was creeped out by some younguns at Wall Street Pub

In the meatpacking area of Vesterbro, I went to club Jolene and Karriere

If you like candy, you’ll like Danish movie theaters:

I did make a stop to Casino Copenhagen but only played poker for a short time.  An entry ticket just to get in the door is 90 DKK (about $16) which kind of sucks.

Casino Copenhagen chips

Casino Copenhagen chips

Overall, the food and nightlife were decent, but not anything special that I’d make an effort to return to.