On the way to Gothenburg:
In the marina of Gothenburg, the first thing we did was pumping out our super full board toilet. That took almost two hours (!!!) because the length of the hose and even the nozzle first had to be adjusted. The pump doesn‘t seem to be used that often ;o/
We went for a small walk through the city to enjoy a playground and to gather information from the tourist office – as always. We really appreciated some experience-based advice from the info lady to help us decide what to do in this big city. Funnily enough, she and her boyfriend were planning a tour on the Göta canal. So we were for once able to give out some travel tips in return ;oP
After so many small towns, we actually felt a little overwhelmed: a 7-stories shopping centre right opposite of the harbour, tons of pedestrians, fast bikes, cars, and e-scooters to watch out for, baggers (for the first time on our tour through Sweden), many police cars driving around. Apparently, that‘s for precaution;) police wants to be seen so people feel safe.
On our after-dinner walk, we found out that the opera was closed for the summer season to limit the spread of the Corona virus.
For breakfast, we went to a fish market in a church- like building. There, we had a baguette with shrimps *yummy* The seller told us his brother had lived in Hamburg for 4 years.
We walked to a huge park, called ‚castle forest‘. The first thing we explored was, of course, the large playground landscape.
Next, we went to the Natural History Museum. Due to Covid-19, only 50 people were allowed in the building. Luckily, we didn‘t have to wait in line for people to leave the museum. The door keeper spoke German very well. He had lived close to Cologne. So many non-touristy relations to Germany in one day ;oP
We visited a pool with seals and hiked up to a small animal park with reindeer, sheep, goats.
During a short, yet heavy thunderstorm shower, we were luckily able to hide under a café‘s hut. We were pretty exhausted from walking and pulling the trolley up and down the hills.
The oldest building in Gothenburg is called „crown house“ and dates back to 1654. It was originally built as a warehouse for uniforms and other military supplies. Today, the area is a centre for handicrafts.
Our last day in Gothenburg was a museum day. We started at the ‚Universeum‘, an interactive science museum. We were actually lucky that due to Corona restrictions, the exhibitions were not too crowded.
On the roof top, we shrank and became part of the insect world. There, we could even look into a bee hive.
We could also learn about our body and space.
The highlight was a 4-story rainforest with lots of suspension bridges, colourful birds, fish, waterfalls…
We even walked down to another story through a tree trunk.
Once again, we were fascinated by an aquarium.
We were recommended to visit the exhibition ‘Together’ in the Museum of World Culture right next to the ‘Universeum’. We all enjoyed the unique hammocks – as a bed and as a playground *terrific*
The exhibition was to be experienced without shoes. This way, we could feel different floor features: soft or brush-like carpet, cold and warm rocks.
The third museum we visited was the city museum. Since we didn’t arrive until they were about to close, only Alan and the big girls went in. I had read about a kids‘ exhibition, which turned out to be rather for babies – wrong match *oops*
Erna and Magda still got to enjoy the dress-up section =oD