Gothenburg and back in twenty-four hours
Published: Sunday 2006-03-26.
From Oslo there are several express bus lines to Gothenburg, so yesterday, Saturday, me, Tarquin, Moose, Ola and a couple of guys who didn’t show up, decided to take the bus down there and see the city. I have been to Gothenburg a couple of times before, but it has either been to see friends or, when I was younger, to visit Liseberg, not just to “do the city”.
We took Säfflebussen’s morning trip to Gothenburg (which continues to Copenhagen and Berlin), which arrived at the bus terminal right after 11 o’clock in the morning. After localising the ticket office of the local traffic and a tourist information office we went out onto the city street. It is quite obvious that Gothenburg is a larger city than Oslo, there simply was more people on the move everywhere.
Tarquin and Moose are very interested in architecture and like to see old buildings, which they had heard that Gothenburg was famous for, so we looked up information on renowned buildings in the tourist booklet and at random found some buildings to look at. Now after the fact I cannot directly say that I remember what all the buildings were, but there were some really nice ones.
After walking around for a couple of hours and a lunch at Brasserie Ferdinand just besides NK (nice fillet of beef) we took the tram out to the archipelago. It started getting darker and after having been awake and more or less active since six in the morning we felt that it was time to lower the tempo a bit, so we had a coffee break at Kafé Vallgatan. We had dinner at restaurant Källarkrogen on Östra larmgatan (an exquisite scampi dish), and when the time was closing in on midnight we took a walk along the Avenyn, the showpiece street, to study all the drunk people who were downtown.
After a fast night coffee at the central station we found our way back to the bus terminal to take the bus home. Unfortunately daylight savings time started the night to today, which meant that the bus that according to the schedule was supposed to leave at 03:15 instead left at 04:15 DST, which meant that we didn’t arrive in Oslo until eight AM. I never been able to sleep very well on a bus, so I didn’t sleep much at all.
After a quick visit to my flat I then made it to Ivar’s Sunday gaming session. I had thought about skipping it, but since Ivar wanted to play-test the boardgame he is working on himself I wanted to take part. Now the time is half past nine in the evening and my body is telling me that I haven’t slept properly, time to make it to the bed.
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