De-countrified in Gothenburg
Or not, as it turned out. On a recent work trip, Sweden felt like... Sweden, rather than a foreign country. There was the pleasure of recognition, but not the shock of the new, even though it's about 20 years since I was last there. Before that, we visited quite frequently (my husband speaks Swedish), but this was a first winter visit. Although I was pretty much inside during daylight hours, I tried to take some photos which would remind me of the Swedish-ness of Gothenburg. So in the shots above and below, city centre skylines that are European rather than Scottish.
And trams, of course. I had lots of practice in tram-dodging in preparation for that glorious day when trams will run in Edinburgh (getting closer now).
Illuminated ships at the harbour.
At last - a bit of de-countryfication: a 'no roller skates' sign at the entrance to Gothenburg University's Business School.
It was very agreeable being abroad but not being de-countrified. And it made me long to visit more of Scandinavia in winter. I've been to Norway several times in winter, but never Sweden until now. Finland I've only visited once, in September, when the season was slipping into autumn.
For other recent de-countryfication, see the label on the right.