En hoe is het in Göteborg?

And how are things in Göteborg?

17 January 2017

My international semester in Sweden actually started sunny. I arrived in August in Gothenburg, which is Sweden’s second largest city. As it is on the west coast, Gothenburg has the same climate as the Netherlands, but five degrees lower. In summer it can still be 25 degrees if you’re lucky. Because there was a large culture festival happening during my first days as well, these were unforgettable.

The rest of the semester was also quite warm, for Swedish standards. Even during my trip to Lapland, which is the northernmost part of Sweden, the temperature was only just below freezing. Even though this caused the roads and paths to transform into ice rings, I managed to clear the complete Lapland to-do list. This included a ride on a dog sled, snow mobile, going from a warm Swedish sauna into and artic lake, and off course seeing the beautiful Northern lights. If you’re ever in the area, take your time to visit Lapland, it is very much worth it.

This was another benefit of studying in Gothenburg; it is a good starting point for Scandinavian trips. It allowed me to visit all its countries. If you want to do this as well, be sure to have quite a high budget, as the area is rather expensive. Thankfully, I was not the only one with that problem, and the “Gothenburgers” have found something for this called “after work”. You get to have a simple meal and a drink for a nice price on Fridays. Altogether, I very much recommend visiting Sweden. And when you do, be sure to go everywhere, because time flies over here too!



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