To do list in Gothenburg!!!

Hej Hej guys!! I want to leave you a small to do list when arrive to Gothenburg. Things that you have to do and will make your life easier :)

  1. Get your Västtrafik card: As I wrote around here before, you can get it for 1 to 3 months in any Presbyrån or at the office in front of central station.
  2. Get Västtrafik App: If you have a smart phone which most of you do ( I did not), you should get this app. It will help you to plan your way, which bus or tram should you get to reach your destiny. It will tell you the time of departure, travel and connections you should make. Very useful one!card

3.Cheap shopping: You are new in town and I guess there are a bunch of things you will need to buy. When it comes to food there are about 6 main supermarkets in Gothenburg:

  • Coop (most expensive of them, fresh, organized, pretty nice)
  • ICA (comes next in prices, quite fresh fruits and vegetables , also organized, a lot of variety)
  • Hemköp (Similar to ICA in prices, very organized as well, quite fresh groceries)
  • Willys ( Cheaper, very organized, quite fresh groceries as well) This would be my favorite option because of their variety and prices.
  • Ldl and Netto are the cheapest supermarkets you will find. Nevertheless, less variety and fresh than the others. Still very good option to buy general stuff.

Yeap! They have food in Tubes :O

Yeap! They have food in Tubes :O

  1. More shopping: When it comes to buy blankets and housing stuff you might want to visit the famous Swedish store: IKEA. Why not? have some cheap and nice lunch after buying :)
  2. Get a Swedish Phone Number: This one is quite important for all the new friends you are going to make :) . You will get one in your welcome package. If you arrive before time, like me :/… Usually there are people outside Nordstan offering the cards for free and you can charge it in any 7/11 or Presbyran. The most common companies between students are Thelia (Chalmers) and Comviq (GU). With Comviq you can text people within the same company for free and call as well. This is the one I use so the only one I can tell you about ;).P1180114
  3. Get to know the surroundings: Don’t be scared to explore your neighborhood and the city itself. You will realized is quite easy to move inside Gothenburg and everything is close to you :)…
  4. Getting textbooks: You can either buy your textbooks in GU book store or try online and buy some used books. http://www.bokus.com/P11803168. Systembolaget: I do not know if you are aware of the law regarding alcohol in Sweden. Anyway, the only place that sells real beer, wine or any kind of alcoholic drink is Systembolaget. You should keep in mind their schedule (which you can check on line) and be prepare for holidays because they will not open. I just thought some of you will find this information useful ;).

And DO NOT forget to enjoy every moment in Gothenburg!!

And DO NOT forget to enjoy every moment in Gothenburg!!

 Vi ses snart,

Naza :D

Kulturkalaset in Gothenburg!

Hej hej guys!!!

I hope you enjoyed the Cultural Festival this week in Gothenburg. For those of you who have not arrive yet. This week in Gothenburg every single square is full with an interesting and entertaining activity. It goes, from singers to handcraft, food and dancers and many more.

Götaplatsen has been full with people every night, enjoying the different performances from a variety of artists. I will let you some evidence of the great week that is going on in Gothenburg ;) I hope you enjoy it!

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Beside Nordstan you can find an amazing international market with food, drinks and sweets from all over Europe and beyond ;).. Do not miss the opportunity to try some of them ;).

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The Avenny is crowded the whole day. People wondering around to see as much as they can and enjoy the nice weather and light hours :). It is really nice to hang around since the activities are very diverse and they fit any taste. Magicians for kids, music for youth, music for older people, food for everyone.

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Tomorrow will be the last day, so I recommend you to leave your room and walk around. I bet you will find something of your taste.

Vi ses snart,

NAza :D

P.S Sorry guys I had some videos of awesome music but I did not think they they are too heavy to put them here. Anyway I can tell you all the artist were awesome!!! Happy end of Summer!!!

Everything is about location!

Hej hej guys sorry I have been lost but Im back with more tips for you. I hope they will help you when deciding to come to the awesome city of Gothenburg :D!!!

When designing an advertisement , location is important. When planning a date, location is essential. When searching for a house, location will define your future. So, why would it stop being important when choosing where to study? Right?

I used to live in a little land in the middle of Central America, with a perfect location to travel either North or South. Sadly, I have to confess that I never had the chance to explore these opportunities. Now I have moved to a much bigger land in the north of Europe with a very special location as well: Gothenburg!

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One thing I got to discover in Europe is that Europeans travel around a lot; and why not? When is so easy to move around. Even though they do travel a lot, people from south or central Europe have rarely visit the Nordic countries, which is a shame, since they are stunning and very different from the rest of Europe.

Brännö island in Gothenburg

Brännö island in Gothenburg

What I want to say with this is that living in a city like Gothenburg gives you such an opportunity to explore North Europe. There are several cheap bus companies (i.e. nettbus)to visit either Oslo or Copenhagen. In only 4 hours you will be able to discover the neighbor countries of Sweden.

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The good thing is that Gothenburg allows you not only the possibility to discover the north but also to travel quite cheap and easily to other countries around like Poland, Hungary, Germany, Italy and so on.

Italy!

Italy!

I just spent the most awesome summer traveling around to Oslo, Germany, Czech Republic and very soon to Spain. This is why I haven’t been around lately ;). I will update you later ;).

Now, about traveling! There is a small airport in Gothenburg, the city airport. From where you can find cheap flights from companies such as Ryanair and Wizzair. Look for a long weekend or a free week to plan a cheap travel around and get to know a new country. It would be cheaper if you travel out of high season or if you book in advance ;).

Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig, Germany

To motivate you to plan your travelling I ll leave you some pictures around! Remember to make good friends to save money in hostel ;). Offer your place back, be a nice guest, invite them for a beer. Create a nice way to pay them back ;).

So, I will tell you more later, for now I let you with the thought of planning your first travels around!!

Dresden, Germany.

Dresden, Germany.

Vi ses snart,

Naza :D

My first camping :O !!

Even though Gothenburg is the second biggest city in Sweden, it is not hard at all to find a peaceful spot to camp. Allmansrätten, or “Every Man’s Right”, is a famous law in Sweden which allow people to camp in the countryside and wild places. For me to experience my first camping in Gothenburg has been an amazing experience.

During your trip you can see many many places to choose and camp but you gotta find the one that fits you :) . We made our camp close to a big and beautiful lake outside Gothenburg.

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It was a very quiet place, where the only noise that reach your ears would be birds and frogs. Almost no one was around. The weather so warm and bright that make you wanna jump into the lake as soon as you get there.

There are plenty of things to do when you are out of the city. First of all, to forget about being on line and any kind of connection to the world. You will be surprised from the calm that being “off line” will bring you . The forest in Sweden are quite different from the tropical forest back home but not less beautiful. So, take your hiking shoes and explore the surroundings of your camp. Only you and your thoughts ( be careful not to get lost ;) )!!!

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When camping, not all is fun, there is work to do. Build up your tent on your favorite spot, make sure you will wake up with a perfect view ! Prepare some barbeque or fire to make a comfy dinner in the middle of the forest. Enjoy to sit and eat on the floor surrounded by nature and your dearest friends.

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The fun is not done after dinner. With the long hours of brightness in Sweden you can have a loooong day to go back to the lake, built a fire, play some games or read your favorite book in the middle of nowhere. However, it would get colder and it is time to sit around the fire and share some candies and scary stories ~.~ !!!

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I hope you have a comfortable and warm night in your tent :) and that any mosquito get inside :O I can assure you that the feeling of waking up in the nature, with a perfect view, fresh air and any noise will make anything worth it!!

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So guys this was my first camping experience and I would definitely do it again. It doesn t matter if you stay one day or one week, just enjoy the different environment and appreciate the beauty around you! I hope you find your perfect spot and have an amazing camping experience as I did !!

Remember to keep the place as clean as you found it or cleaner!!

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Vi ses snart!!!

Naza :D

Best student friendly spots for Swedish food!

Every time I have someone to visit me, they always ask to try some Swedish cuisine and traditional food. So after a year, I am bringing the best of my hunt for student budget friendly spots for Swedish food seekers!

1. Café du Nord

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Well, of course first thing that comes to one’s mind when you say Sweden is meatballs. This place was introduced to me by my friend Dani and it was actually one of the first meatballs I had in Sweden (apart from well…IKEA, how classic).
The place is located very conveniently on Kungsportsplatsen, with a price way lower than any other place around. The inside is not that amazing but they have a lovely outside bit with a nice view. The meatballs are massive, so 4 of them is definitely enough for one!

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2. Bar Noba

This is by far my favourite spot in Gothenburg…I just love everything about this place: from the concept, interior design, food and cheap beer.
In terms of food, they have more variety of Nordic cuisine in form of Swedish tapas – I highly recommend the smoked salmon in a bread roll with horse radish…It is just too good to be true.
The place is super cosy in winter with their fur and open fire places and has a nice open terrace in summer. Definitely worth a visit.
I wish I had taken more pictures, but every time I’m there, I am enjoying my visit too much to think about pictures :) But you can check their instagram page to get the idea !

Do you know any other places that should be included here? Let me know!

Puss och kram,
Lucia:)

Slottsskogen!!!

Slottsskogen has infinite kind of pronunciations when you hear it from an international but of course only one meaning. The one I came to know quite late, so here I ll leave you the English meaning. Next time when a Swede explain it to you; you can already say that you know ;) or maybe sound interesting to your friends when visiting the park ;)

Slotts= Castle ; Skogen= Forest

Slottsskogen is 137 hectares of fun and good times. If you are in Gothenburg wondering what to do and how to have a good time. I will recommend you to visit this park. You can easily spend your day there. In the middle of the city but somehow apart from it. There are many things to do and see at Slottsskogen.

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Always better with friends “”!!!

Just go for a walk and visit the zoo. Yes you heard well, there is a zoo in the park!! Where you can see the funny seals swimming or walk ahead to the pretty and adorable penguins. Go up the hill and find the stunning moose. This year we had the opportunity to see the growing of a baby moose <3 !!! These are my favorite animals to visit and I have to admit that just to see the penguins would make my day ;) … Anyway you can go on and visit: horses, goats, peacock, deer, sheep and some more!

Penguins !! :D

Penguins !! :D

Moose!!!

Moose!!!

If you are tired after visiting all these amazing animals. There are plenty of places to sit and relax all around the park. Some of them with amazing views and others close to the lake. You just choose a spot and enjoy the weather. It might be surprising for u as it was for me, that Swedes actually sunbathing at the park, so it might look more like a beach. Don t be shy and join them! Get tan while having picnic or bbq!

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Ready to go ? Ok, what about some Minigolf? For 70kr per person you can have a relaxing game of golf with your friends. It is more fun than it looks. Dont think about it and just try it out! Maybe you are the kind of person who likes a more active sport. If you keep walking after the penguins, you will find a volley ball court, also playground for football, softball and frisbee. There is a playground for children as well. Rent a bike or play soccer in the middle of the park. No excuses to stay sit!

Mini-golf!!

Mini-golf!!

Wearing a dress is also NOT a excuse ;)

Wearing a dress is also NOT a excuse ;)

After such a productive day, you may want to rest for a bit. There is no need to leave the park to do it. There are some cafes around, with good service and splendid views of the lake. So as Swedes say: Go for a Fika :) !!!

I hope you have the chance to visit such a beautiful park and have as good times as I had in there :) !!!  Enjoy your summer !!!

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Vi ses snart !!

Naza :D