Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Walk to work

I got a bit carried away taking photos in the snow on my walk to work today!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

It's snowing!!

It has been snowing for most of the day and the forecast says it'll continue to snow for the rest of the week - yay!! It's -7 at the moment, a little bit chilly, but everything looks so nice in the snow I don't mind braving the cold so much!

One thing I had forgotten about the snow is how quiet it makes everything, and how you need to add 10 minutes onto any walk anywhere!!

Light at 9.30am

A few photos through the window this morning when it finally got light at 9.30am!! It's getting dark at about 3.30pm here but it's not quite as bad as the north of Sweden where they've nearly got 24 hours of darkness. We're looking forward to the 21st December, which is the shortest day of the year, and then after which the days will start to get lighter again.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Weekend in Gothenburg

We spent this weekend in Gothenburg with Ross to make the most of seeing him before he heads back home to Australia.

To start with on Saturday we went to Universeum, which is a sort of science/natural history museum with lots of hands on displays. I think we were the only ones there without children but we had just as much fun as them playing with each of the experiments!

One of the best parts of the museum was the underwater world where they had a pool of rays which you could touch. They seemed to really like the attention and kept coming up to the surface to be stroked!

Universeum is an environmentally friendly museum and even recycles your urine after you've been to the toilet - you just need to make sure you wee in the correct part of the toilet!!

After Universeum we headed to Liseberg to see the Christmas lights. They cover every tree in the theme park with millions of tiny fairy lights which looks absolutely incredible. They also have a Christmas market with stalls full of traditional Swedish gifts and crafts.

There was also a ice skating rink, but sadly we didn't have any skates with us!

On Sunday we went to a Christmas Market located in the Kronhuset which is the oldest building in Gothenburg. It was originally a warehouse for the Swedish artillery but is now home to several traditional shops, including a glassblower, a goldsmith, a clockmakers and a chocolate shop. They had several stalls selling traditional Swedish gifts including these Julbockar (Christmas goats) which are supposed to be the Swedish predecessor to Father Christmas.

To round off the weekend we went for a coffee in a cafe on a boat! 'The Viking' was completely moored up and anchored but we still felt sure we were bobbing about on the water!!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Least favourite job

Daniel had to carry out his least favourite job in the world yesterday - changing the summer tyres to studded winter tyres on our car! By law we have to have winter tyres from December to April, so we're all set for the snow now!!

The newspapers keep saying it is going to be the coldest winter in 10 years, but we've still not had any proper snow, so maybe we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves by putting our winter tyres on early!

Monday, November 14, 2005

English goodies!

We've just come back after a weekend at home in England and have stocked up on all the food goodies that we've been missing...sausages, bacon, super strong cheese, marmite, pickle, crumpets...the list is endless!!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Saunas and meatballs!

Yesterday we went to stay in Gothenburg in the flats at the head office of the company Daniel works for. They have an amazing building over-looking the harbour and we were able to make the most of using their jacuzzi and sauna, which had a built in fridge which we stocked up with beer and wine! We cooked meatballs for dinner (very Swedish!) and then sat in an amazing penthouse dining room pretending that we actually lived there!!

(Better photos to follow as these are a bit dark and blurry)

Saturday, November 05, 2005


Our friends Carrie and Simon have come to stay from England, so we went on a long walk up to Kopparklinten where there was an amazing view over the town and down to the river which runs along the base of the cliffs.

They apparently used to throw women who were believed to be witches from the top of Kopparklinten - if they floated they were declared witches and burnt at the stake!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Happy Halloween!

No, I haven't got the date wrong - Halloween is celebrated a bit later in Sweden!

Today is Alla Helgons Afton (All Saints Eve) and is a time to remember family and friends who have died. Many Swedes go to church and place candles at the graves of loved ones. In the evening the graveyards in town and across the county are beautifully illuminated with twinkling candles. Because of the connections to graveyards and death, the tradition of Halloween has also become incorporated and is now celebrated on the same day rather than on the 31st October.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Curtain panels

I bought some fabric in Ikea yesterday and have just finished making some curtain panels for the kitchen. Panels seem to be more popular than actual curtains here, so now I feel very Swedish with mine!

Not a bad job without a sewing machine to zoom along the hems I thought!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I can stay for another year!

I had to go to the Migrationsverket (Immigration office) in Gothenburg today to pick up residency permit - I can stay for another year! I applied for it in May but it has taken them this long to decide that I can stay. It's a bit of a trek to the office as it is in the middle of nowhere outside Gothenburg, but luckily there is an Ikea nextdoor, so I was able to combine my trip!!

Before going to an Ikea in Sweden I thought they would be somehow 'more Swedish' so I was very disappointed on my first visit to discover they were exactly the same as at home and probably exactly the same as any other Ikea store in the world!!