On our way into the city center.
My second time back in Gothenburg
, ah, the familiar sights, sounds and smells! Actually, it was more of sitting next a lady that kept passing gas on the plane from NYC to Amsterdam (a full six and a half hours), the immigration official asking why I was in Gothenburg so short a time and seeing Landvetter Airport still under construction after a year. But seeing the wide open spaces with lots of pine trees, the fresh smells of nature and the quietness was amazing. I knew then why my friend did not want to leave Gothenburg. It was nice to get away from NYC for a little bit.
Our first day, we visited two thift shop stores located near to my friend's apartment, near Kapensgaten (Captain's Garden).
Our visit to the pastry shop.
We popped into a pastry shop on a whim and bought a few sweets. A chocolate covered almond for my friend and for me, a flat chocolate sweet that was very chewy. I learned it was made out of maple syrup, some nuts and covered in chocolate, I wish I took a picture! Then it was off to do more shopping at the local H&M store. I am amazed that within a 10 block radius, there were five to six H&M stores, each with a different lifestyle offering.
Later in the evening we had a BBQ, with all the fixings. I must admit, having something cooked over the grill in a backyard tastes much better than something from a restaurant. As the coals died down, my friend's Swedish boyfriend introduced us to a Swedish dessert. Grab a ripe banana, make a pocket in the banana, basically spilt it in half (do not peel it), stuff it with chocolate (the one with toffee is best). Let the banana cook until the chocolate melts and then add a capful of rum. Take off the grill and dessert is served!