I live in Gothenburg, Sweden, which, as you might know, is situated in Scandinavia. Our closest neighbours are Denmark, Norway and Finland.
Gothenburg lies next to the sea and the Port of Gothenburg is the largest port of Scandinavia.
Lots of people use the sea for recreation, e.g. swimming, sunbathing and sailing. And so do we in our family, during the summer months.
Gothenburg has lots of beautiful parks. Slottsskogen is a very big park where people meet for strolls and picnics. Trädgårdsföreningen is a smaller park in the centre of town, with nice plantations and a lovely rose garden. But the most well known park is probably the Botanical Garden. It's one of the biggest botanical gardens of Europe and it's a trully beautiful one with plants from all over the world. I just love to walk around in there!
Another park, but of a different kind, is Liseberg. It's known as the greatest amusement park in Scandinavia.
My part of the world is a suburbian area just south of Gothenburg. We live in a typically Swedish wooden house and our garden is average in size. Nevertheless, I've planted almost 75 different rose bushes during the three years that we've lived here. This time of year the surroundings look really dull, but it gets better during summer!
What else can I tell you? Well, Swedes are often considered to have introverted characters. This might be true and the reason is probably the long, dark wintermonths. For months on end, we rarely see daylight. Can you imagine?
- Oh, how I long for the light to return! /Katarina