Frolfing around

The other day I played frisbee golf, or “frolf,” with Lisa in Slottskogsparken, a huge park here in Göteborg. This must be the city’s version of Central Park; at one point, I got a glimpse of seals basking on a rock in the park’s zoo. There’s also a natural history museum nearby. I’ll have to check out both at some point.

When I played frolf at Swarthmore, it was very casual. We would walk around campus at midnight tossing discs at lampposts, bushes, and other random campus landmarks. At Slottskogsparken, there is a real frisbee golf course set up with 18 “holes,” baskets designed to catch small discs (smaller than the regulation discs we used on the Ultimate team), and marked teeing grounds. We walked through a decent amount of the park doing this course, running down boulders to catch wayward discs and hitting the occasional tree. It was a blast!

I’ve also done a bit more exploring of Göteborg along the main boulevard Avenyn, which ends with Götaplatsen, the “cultural square” of the city.

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There is a “Green World” project happening this summer along the Avenyn, in which various companies and student groups have designed pop-up parks to exhibit green living in the city.
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One of the pop-up parks focused on the benefits of honeybees.
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From inside a pop-up park, I saw a walking protest group clamoring in favor of an open border policy. They had a shouting match with a bunch of guys at a pub on the street who were clearly against such a policy. The two groups kept flipping each other off. I don’t know where I would stand on the issue as a Swede, but it was tough to see such aggression from both sides of the debate.

In the Götaplatsen you will find Konstmuseet, the main art museum of the city. I was wrong about Stadsmuseum earlier; this is the city’s Met.

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The Konstmuseet (literally “Art Museum”) is straight ahead.
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Naked Poseidon statue outside the Konstmuseet. At the time of his unveiling in the 1930s, scandalized Swedes demanded penile-reduction statue surgery – unfortunately, it’s quite obvious up close!
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I was happily surprised to see a Calder mobile in the Konstmuseet sculpture hall. It reminded me of the one we have on Swarthmore’s campus.
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Not the type of Picasso work I’m used to seeing, but beautiful nonetheless.

The annexed Hasselblad Center also had an interesting exhibit on surveillance photography.

I also visited Röhsska, Göteborg’s design museum. It was a quick, fun museum, with the main exhibit chronicling design trends from 1850 to the present. I learned that I apparently like postmodernist design (or, funky stuff from the ’90s).

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Cute ceramics in honor of Swedish designer Stig Lindberg’s would-be 100th birthday.
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This is the exact same kettle we have at home! I love it. You can see me taking the picture in the reflection.
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I was saddened to see that the original iPhone (2007) is now considered old enough to be in a museum.
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Exterior of the Röhsska museum. To the left, you can see the trunk of a pink Mini Cooper parked out front. I suppose when you work at a design museum, you have to drive a distinctive car!

Finally, I had been seeing “kanelbulles” all over Sweden and finally had to try one as a mid-adventuring snack. As it turns out, they are cinnamon rolls – though according to Wikipedia, Swedish kanelbulles have a distinct flavor due to cardamom in the dough. Also, the complete lack of icing distinguishes it from an American cinnamon roll!

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I had this kanelbulle at a 7-Eleven. Next I think I should go to a real bakery to have one, served warm!
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