This blog chronicles my travels as a 2016-2017 Thomas J. Watson Fellow exploring cultural attitudes towards health technology around the world. Starting from and returning to New York City, USA, I am traveling to Sweden, Qatar, India, Singapore, Japan, and Botswana over the course of one year.
Gothenburg sights: last blast
During my last week in Gothenburg, I did a “last blast” of tourism, visiting the remaining places on my to-see list when I wasn’t having project meetings. Now I can safely say that I’ve seen far more than the average Gothenburg tourist or even local when it comes to the city sights!
First, Mölndal. I was already in Mölndal to go to AstraZeneca, so that afternoon I decided to see its main tourist attractions: Kvarnbyn, the old industrial area of town, and the Mölndal stadsmuseum (city museum). Overall it wasn’t much to see, but it was still cute.
Next, I traveled to Korsvägen, a main square and transport hub in Gothenburg where some big attractions are located, including Liseberg. I went to the Universeum, a science museum with a “living rainforest” (regnskogen) and a few other science exhibits. I had heard great reviews, but I thought it was a little too expensive for the quality – or maybe I’m just too old for this museum! It was definitely for schoolchildren.
Also located near Korsvägen is the Världskulturmuseet, or the World Culture Museum. It’s fairly small and I only spent about an hour there, but they had a couple interesting exhibits. There was a photography exhibit about the Afghan burqa, which covers the whole body except for a net over the eyes. It displayed photos of Afghanistan through the eye net, showing how difficult it is to see and navigate the world with such reduced vision.
A few days later, I visited Gothenburg’s botanical gardens, a beautiful 430-acre area that was lovely to walk through (although not as large or fantastic as Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, the most recent botanical gardens I visited).
The Botanical Gardens are very close to Gothenburg’s Natural History Museum, the last museum on my list (really, I think I saw all the museums in Gothenburg. I’ll miss their policy of free admission for people under 25!).
On my last weekend day in Gothenburg, I visited the country house Gunnebo Slott with the family. It was like a mini-castle, with a sweet outdoors café – perfect for a fika on a warm day. I would love to live close enough to a castle and gardens that I could spend my weekends there, reading and drinking coffee.