Two young travellers aboard the Ylva on Sunday pointing out things to look at over there. … Continue readingOver there
The sailing vessel Hermelin berthed at Styrsö flying a Norwegian flag. I’m not well up in maritime flag etiquette, but I suspect the boat ought as a courtesy to be flying a small Swedish flag also. “The Norwegians are here and they think they own everything,” is a comment you hear from time to time. The Norwegian new-rich are eager purchasers of summer cottages (and even islands) in Bohuslän. But not Styrsjö. I count two Swedish flags and three Swedish pennants flying from flagstaffs on land. … Continue readingThe Norwegians are here
On Sunday, in a desperate attempt to breath air not thickened with birch pollen, I took myself off on a round trip by ferry in the southern archipelago. The ferry was Ylva, a double decked ferry with a cafeteria on the upper deck, and we cruised around to Asperö, Brännö, Köpstad, Källö, Vargö and Styrsö. All for the price of one local transport ticket. It’s a good deal if you are in town. The trip to and from Saltholmen takes about 90 minutes. Follow this link for pdf brochures in Swedish, English and German. Breathing clear sea air was a blessed relief and the sun was warm, though the wind was a bit chilly.
Above: Passengers board the ferry at Brännö (I think).
Below: The interior of the ferry – the seats curve to follow the curve of the ship’s side.
Bottom: A pilot boat cutting across out path, cuaght through one of the forward portholes. … Continue readingThe archipelago ferry
Graffiti art on the retaining wall of the canal by Kungsportsplatsen – coloured stencil of a smiling boy. Apparently a piece by a (US?) graffiti artist who may be called Pike 169 TCF. Please note – I’m not stupid enough to claim copyright on the artwork, only on these photos of it.
Below: a wider shot of the same image.
Really, of course, I should have been out on May Day taking photos of one or more of the May Day Demonstrations, but my hay fever made staying indoors seem preferable. The revolution won’t succeed with my help in hay fever season, I tell you that. These photos taken on 30th April. … Continue readingThe Pike boy
The annual Chalmers Cortege – the rag parade of the students at Gothenburg’s Chalmers Technical University – takes place on Valborg, 30th April. Traditionally the weather is bad, but this year the sun shone and the crowds tunred out. You can spot the Chalmerists – they are the ones in the white hats (if they’re not dressed up for the parade).
Above: The head of the parade as it turned into Victor Rydbergsgatan on the way to Götaplatsen. The banner reads “Hej vad det går, Nu är det vår” (More or less “What a thing! Now it’s spring!”)
Below: This Chalmerist had the best photo vantage point – he was up in a skylift over Götaplatsen.
Above: The parade on the Avenue looking up to Götaplatsen from Valand.
Below: With the crowds of onlookers, sometimes the best view of the parade was in the screens of mobile cameras held up by the people in front of you.
Above & below: Another way to get a view was to sit on someone else’s shoulders. Some people did it with more grace than others.
Finally, above here are some older, former students (in now yellowing student hats) come along to witness the parade and relive glory days. … Continue readingChalmers Cortege 2014