Aug 2, 2011
Being a Tourist in Sweden
I had an extra day between my final bike race in Sweden and my flight back to Juvéderm-Specialized-Mazda's temporary home base in Belgium. Since my Specialized S-Works Amira road bike and my Specialized Tranisition time trial bike had been sent on their way back to Belgium already, I played the tourist game in Goteburg, Sweden.
Goteburg was established in the 1600's. It used to be a fortified city, surrounded by a moat. Though most of the fortifications that surrounded the old city limits have long been torn down, the moat still exists. I took a cruise with a few teammates and our favorite mechanic through the old channels, and even out into the harbor of Goteburg on a tourist boat. One of the most handsome Swedes that I had seen all day (and believe me, I saw a LOT of them) drove the boat. I was more than impressed with they way he handled the vessel. I like a man who can drive.
We also went on a big ferris wheel that cost a big amount of Kronor. We got a great view of the city.
Next, in a restuarant on the quai, my teammates MoJo and Denise, (and special guest Jamie) ordered some whole shrimp that we dissected together. I think shrimp brains are red. And I know their eyes are hollow.
A few of us rented public bikes (similar to Bixis in Montréal, and pretty much the same as the Velibs in Paris) and cruised around other parts of Gotenburg.
By the end of the day I was wiped out. After scoring a few green apples to bring back for the following morning, we hopped on bus #80 to head back to our very, very, very cheap hotel on the edge of the city.
Sweden is sweet.