‘The real privilege of life as a student in Gothenburg is to be able to unwind peacefully in the embrace of the aquatic nature regardless of seasonal changes, amid earnest academic pursuits.’
Welcome to Sweden! Or more specifically, welcome to Gothenburg!
In case you’re wondering what being in Sweden during the winter is like, look no further, this blog post is here to quickly give you another perspective of the famous (or rather infamous) Swedish winter.
What’s that? Blizzards and winter blues you said? Well, Gothenburg might just be the perfect city for an alternative jolly Nordic winter adventure.
Location wise, Gothenburg sits right on the West coast of Sweden with a seaside that is reachable within minutes from the city centre. Now let me introduce you to a neighbourhood called Näset located in Västra Frölunda, an area around 15 minutes by car (or 20 minutes by bus 50 leaving from Järnvågen) from the very centre of the city.
The majority of Näset is residential, with a few boutiques and local diners (check out Frölunda eat&shops in another post) catering for the many eager strollers in the neighbourhood. One of the most enjoyable activities in this area on a sunny day is to take an unhurried walk through the residential streets, while greeting a few cheerful canine inhabitants that you are bound to run into.
Oh, pardon me for getting so enthusiastic about this tucked away peninsular gem. I suppose I should now tell you about the winter days here, before the snow lays a fluffy white blanket on the streets (check out the core winter time in Sweden in another post).
Have you ever hiked around the beach in winter? Ever imagined capturing panoramic views of the water between Sweden and Denmark at a high point by the shore? All is attainable here, in the suburb of Gothenburg merely 15 minutes away from the city centre.
Believe me when I tell you that the top of a giant rock by the sea is the perfect reading spot, surrounded by a thoughtful shelter of plantations to keep your smultronställe comfy and tranquil. However, I would suggest grabbing a light fleece blanket and perhaps a thermos tumblers filled with coffee, hot chocolate or chai tea, so you could thoroughly enjoy the gentle winter breeze and that favourite Spotify playlist of yours by the sea.
Now, you may re-sketch the tale of a Swedish winter next time you Skype with your friends and families, and let them know that the real privilege of life as a student in Gothenburg is to be able to unwind peacefully in the embrace of the aquatic nature regardless of seasonal changes, amid earnest academic pursuits.