Tourists in our own city

This blog is about the Islands in Gothenburgs Northern archipelago but once in a while I feel like I have to make an exception, if not just to compare with cosy island life. Today we ventured into Hisingen. Hisingen is what you reach when you take the ferry to the mainland but it is actually a bit like a large island itself. It is connected to central Gothenburg by a large bridge, Götaälvbron. Most of the time I try to stay away from Hisingen unless I really have to go there, I just don’t have any fond memories of Hisingen, most time I spent there was during my rebel teenage years. It is the one part of Gothenburg where they built large ugly apartment blocks and a huge run down shopping centre with enormous parking lots. Lately my own very rebel teenage daughter decided to become even more dedicated to veganism and refuses to buy new clothes unless they are second hand. So we googled second hand cloth shops and vegan food and ended up at Backaplan, Hisingen. We started our journey in an Indian food shop to stock up on some supplies of noodles, soy, tamarind and spices. Then we walked to Jaffa, a burger/kebab/grill place where they according to google had great vegan options as well. It looked so run down when we got there and the owners looked very tired. Leather sofas taped together by gaffer tape. Although we had read the reviews before most of them stating “very run down place but lovely staff and fantastic food”. We ordered a vegan mix and falafel roll with hummus and chips.

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Ever since I was a little kid and we passed Ramberget on our way to see my gran at Hönö, a big mountain where it was said they chucked down elderly and sickly people in the old times, I have wanted to go up there. So we climbed the steep hill and found a small oasis!

Beautiful woods, a small park and a pond, climbing some steps up to the highest point we were taken back by the fantastic view of the whole of Gothenburg!
As soon as we sat down to eat thunder rolled in. It hasn’t rained for a month but today a months rain came down in one day. We sat down in cover of the rain under some huge trees and ate our food then went back to Jaffa for dessert. The owner was devastated that he didn’t have vegan dessert to offer us today but after a scramble in the kitchen he came out with a box of dates and prunes for us along with a thousand apologies. We walked through the rain looking at all the new buildings they’ve added since my teens, counting police cars passing(8 in an hour comparing to one in a month at Hönö) and headed for the second hand clothes shop. When we got there a big crowd had gathered outside and staff kept some rough looking guys from entering while they called the police. We walked passed the commotion and found some fantastic bargains, got the bus back(absolutely soaked) with a bag of clothes and an umbrella with kittens on. As soon as we got on the ferry back to Hönö the sun came out. All in all a great day out touristing in our own city!

Number one done!

Today I took a beginners course in kayaking. Now I only need to learn how to drive a boat(get the boat in the water) and build an outdoor kitchen with an oven and smoker and I’m done with this summers bucket list. We met up this morning in blazing sunshine, got instructions on land, “fika” then set out to paddle. We learnt how to paddle, stop, turn, paddle backwards and more “fika”. As the finish of the day everyone had a chance to try to “save a friend!. I was the first one to put my hand up. I still have this very big fear of the ocean even though I love it. That’s one part of why I swim all year around, I like to conquer my fears. First try I felt really nervous actually turning the kayak over but as soon as I’d done it once the fear disappeared. Second I over turned and got back into the kayak without any help and as soon as I got in I leant too much the other way and fell over again! Apart from that I was surprised how steady the kayak was and am now all set to buy a couple for the family. I am very happy I took the course to get all different techniques in. You really use so many muscles! Not just the arms but back, legs and stomach. I’ll sleep very well tonight that’s for sure.

Best start of the day

Morning run in the glorious island nature, before school and work. So many wild flowers! It’s like a postcard every way you turn. Todays run was a bit heavy going after a period of slacking but we made 5km at least(with some walking). Then what can be better than to finish it off with a dip in the sea? The water temperature is still nice and cool, around 15°C is my guess, so you get that refreshing feeling afterwards. It kept me going all day!

Plant and seed exchange

Earth skipped spring and went straight into summer instead. The garden is absolutely exploding with blossom! Last weekend I had the yearly Plant and seed exchange and it was an even bigger success than past years. Loads of people both Saturday and Sunday. Some show up to trade plants, others to give, some to buy plants and some people turn up just for the fun of meeting others and fantastic home baked “fika” of course. Since my daughter turned vegan at xmas we had gluten/lactos/vegan rhubarb pie with soy whipped cream and a lovely chocolate cake. For the none-vegans we had the traditional Tosca cake and sandwiches made of my husbands sourdough bread and home smoked salmon. I ended up with some very interesting obscure tomato and chili plants and lots more.

For the weekend I had a local woman selling her traditionally weaved carpets, she was lovely company and did really well selling her carpets.

This time I tried not to get stressed out before hand and not to expect anything but I was over whelmed with all the people who turned up and had so many nice conversations!