Friday, June 17, 2011

Goteborg to Oslo - June 17 2011

Nice view!

The skipper ducking for a low bridge

Last night we saw Goteborg (and its lack of brewpubs) by foot, today we wanted to see it by water. We took a 45-minute Padden Boat tour through the canal and harbor of Goteborg. Here you can see the history of the city including an original corner of the city wall - and actually kingdom wall dividing young Sweden from Denmark. It's also a journey through time to imagine a time not too long ago (about 30 years) when shipbuilding was the primary industry of the area - before the industry disappeared overnight and companies like Ericsson and Volvo stepped up.

Bagle chips larger than your hand
 Other than getting jostled about and splashed with both rain and seawater, the most interesting and scariest part of the trip is passing under the bridges - the last of which barely clears the top of the seatback - you have to lean over as far as you can. I was barely able to capture a photo without hitting my hand on the bottom of the bridge. Scary fun!!

Entrance to the Stadtmuseum -
love the ornamentation!
The Stadtmuseum was the last thing we saw before departing Goteborg for Oslo. The highlight of the museum is a rare preserved original Viking ship - also they have a good exhibit on what we know about the Vikings - their trade, shipbuilding, fighting strategy, religion, hygiene... Then if you walk the wrong way out of the Viking exhibit, you can see a weird exhibit on the decline of technology from the 1970s to 1940s, although I suspect they wanted us to visit the technology exhibit first and then wonder into the Viking wing.

Although it's the second largest city in Sweden, Goteborg is missing from major guidebooks, has a useless TI, and none of the locals can tell you what to see or do during your time there. On the other hand, there's a fun boat tour, the only original Viking ship in Sweden, the largest streetcar network in Scandinavia, and a veritable Ikea showroom hotel. We came to Goteborg with low expectations, and we were not disappointed.

We left Sweden after just one day, but we'll be back next week! It was just a taste to whet our appetites!

Not Fried Chicken??
Took a bus (they were performing rail maintenance) and then a train to Oslo. After checking in, we quickly found our way to the excellent new brewpub Schouskjelleren Mikrobryggeri. It's about a mile from our hotel at the beginning of the Grünerløkka neighborhood. It's in the cellar the several-decades-abandoned Schous brewery, with its brick-covered arched ceilings and walls - like an old brick ratskeller. The Thunder Bear Stout is rich with hints of coffee, tobacco, and chocolate - but it's not thick and could easily double as a porter. The Garden of Eden, billed as "a spiced beer with smoked black dates, lime leaves, coriander, honey and ginger", is "like a burst of sunshine" as Olga says :)

Who's more tipsy: the photographer or the photographee?
Thunder Bear Stout and Garden of Eden


mizzkg said...

I think NFC stands for North American Fried Chicken. Maybe they don't have any k's in their alphabet?

The other Olga said...

"a spiced beer with smoked black dates, lime leaves, coriander, honey and ginger" ??
I should expand my beer-tasting vocabulary with all of these words :)

Dave said...

There's an important distinction to make: some beers actually have these fruits/berries/spices in them, others are so nuanced that you think you taste those things. I think this is the former.

Anonymous said...

"With great beer comes great responsibility."

Anonymous said...

NFC stands for Nordstan Fried Chicken. Nordstan means Northern part of Downtown on English.