6 weeks ago, I don’t think I’d ever heard of Gothenburg. I barely knew that Sweden was in northern Europe.
The next thing I know, I’m on a flight and train northward. An hour after arriving and wandering around town, it’s 11:30 PM and still bright out. I soon knock on the City Hotel’s door, asking if a room is available.
At 900 Swedish krona, even after bargaining, it’s the most expensive cheap hotel I’ve ever paid for. While going to sleep, I wondered what I’ve gotten myself into.
Over the next few days, I got past the cost of traveling Sweden and started chatting with locals. I think that Sweden is the first socialist country I’ve visited that’s doing something right.
The middle class seems to be 90% of the population with the poor and rich being 5% each. Even then, there’s little materialistic boasting. People are friendly and polite to each other. Class, ethnic and social differences seem respected.
Many English as a second language speakers here could easily pass for native. Swedes are readily educated in professional capacities and personal pursuits. For those desiring to wander out, they can and are well-traveled.
The next time we go, I’d like to bike tour and eventually stay above the Arctic Circle. There are adventures to be had in Sweden.