Meeting up with old friends

One of the nicest things about coming back to Sweden has been meeting up with old friends. Monday morning I met up with Karin and little Ted and we had a pleasant stroll around Slottsskogen and took in the children’s zoo halfway up one of the hills.

Monday evening I met up with Moragh and spent the evening supping wine outside the cinnema on Linnégatan and chatting about everything that has happened over the last two years. Two years ago the area outside the cinema was a bit of a building site but you can now sit outside under huge white umbrellas. The outside bar gives the place an oddly temporary feel and the clientèle tend towards the alternative – maybe it was this or perhaps it was the rain that started as we sat down but I almost felt myself at a festival drinking there. It was good to catch up with a glass of something sitting outside – rain or no rain – you’ve got to take in the summer as soon as it starts.

Today Cheri, Janne, Samson and I enjoyed a fika together in a new French cafe on Linnégatan in good old Swedish style – kids, coffee and chat! Melody Bakery is in a conveniently located spot near the Hempkop. It has a warm friendly feel, modern decor and whole lot of food to nosh from sandwiches and salad to cake. We sat in the window supping lattes and munching bowls of salad, cheese and olives , holding the door open for Mums with pushchairs and smiling back at the friendly cafe staff. After we strolled through Haga stopping at toy shops and antique shops and enjoying the afternoon sun. I’ll be sad to get back on a plane to England tomorrow.

For anyone planning on coming out to Gothenburg this summer – here are a couple of websites for all those who like me enjoy Sweden in English!

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