Exchange rate: $7 Swedish Kronor is $1
Water or cola bottle $2-3
Ice cream cone $3
Banana or apple (at 7-11) 80c
MacDonald's meal $10
Big bag of chips $3
Hot dog (7-11) $3
Pizza Hut buffet all you can eat $15
Italian pizza ("pizzeria") $9-12
Sushi $15-20 for a full meal
Pasta (restaurant) $15
T-shirt (souvenir) $15
Soccer jersey (real) $50-100
Pair of jeans $100-300!!!
Cup of coffee (at a cafe) $4-5
coffee is cheaper at 7-11 but taste less good (have to try the Swedish coffee!!)
Beer (in a bar) $8-10
Glass of wine (in a bar) $8-10
(As you can tell alcohol is expensive in Sweden. High taxes on alcohol)
Special Swedish items to bring home:
- Hand blown glass (Sweden is known for its art glass)
- A Dala Horse (this is a "must" to bring home to your parents; the symbol of Sweden for sure!)
- A Swedish flag
- Pennants from the Swedish soccer clubs (there are 4 teams in division 1 in Gothenburg, so it is a "big" soccer city
- Team t-shirts or jerseys (GAIS, IFK Gothenburg etc): jerseys are expensive (up to $100) but t-shirts can be about $15-20. Every sports store will have them. Also popular are the Swedish team shirts
- Other Swedish handicrafts, available at most stores on the Avenue.
1. Liseberg amusement park (www.liseberg.se): free entrance but the kids have to pay a fee to go on the rides.
2. Alvsborgs Fastning (www.alvsborgsfastning.se; fort from 1600 hundreds): this is a fantastic excursion that several families in the past have enjoyed. The cost for the ferry is approx. 140 S.Kr. for adults and approx. 70S.Kr for kids and it includes guiding on the way of Gothenburg harbor and the fort itself. Once their there are a lot of activities to do: for 50S.Kr the kids can sign up for a medieval team competition, and there is lunch sandwiches (seem really delicious) for 45 S.Kr and we can book that in advance so they'll have our sandwiches ready since we are a group. Also, kids can swim in the ocean and fish once on the island. Those interested in fishing, bring your fishing gear!! Lots of great fish to get in Sweden. Also: if interested in snorkling, bring goggles. Although the water is cold (about 70 degrees), there are starfish and interesting fish to look at!
This boat tour is highly recommended by all who live there.
3. Universeum (www.universeum.se) This is an exciting museum in the middle of Gothenburg that has an aquarium, a science expo (interactive, where kids can try space suits and drive 18 wheelers), and a rare monkey exhibition. Entry fee with Gothia Card is two for one.
4. Fantastic dinner experience: Go to the top floor of Gothia Towers (across from Liseberg) and order their shrimp sandwich. It costs 140 Kronor ($25) but is worth every penny (at least 50 of fantastic shrimp caught outside of Gothenburg), and has a fantastic view over Gothenburg. Something to do when the kids are going on the roller coasters across the street in the amusement park.
5. Another place to eat shrimp and other shell fish (typical Swedish food) is Långedrag, outside of Gothenburg. There you can also fish and enjoy the beautiful sunset. The exclusive seaside resort Långedrag was built during the 1860s and is still a popular destination for excursions. The GKSS boat harbour and restaurants are situated here. When the weather is nice and clear, you can witness the most extraordinary sunsets here. Långedrag is conveniently located for visitors to Nya Varvet or those going to or from Saltholmen. It is within walking distance of Nya Varvet. To get here, take tram 4 to Långedrag. You can also fish or swim at Långedrag and enjoy a cup of coffee, dinner, or all you can eat shrimp (I will find out the price but think it is about 200 S.Kr, or $30-35, for the all you can eat shrimp).
6. "Paddan" Boat tour through Gothenburg; this is a must (see map)! Check different tours and prices at: http://www.paddan.se/SE/index.htm. This is the same company that goes out to the fort outside of Gothenburg.
7. Feskekörka the “Fish Church” is a market hall for seafood built in 1874. The building is reminiscent of a church, hence the name. Fresh fish is slightly more expensive here than average, but the quality and the atmosphere make it worth it. Feskekörka is located by the Rosenlund canal and is within walking distance of Brunnsparken. Or take trams 1, 2, 3, 4 or 9 to Grönsakstorget, which is only a few minutes' walk away. There is also a restaurant in Feskekörka.
Other stuff to remember:
1. Restaurants in Sweden do not do "doggiebags" (the servings are smaller so don't need to).
2. If the girls are hungry, snacks and water bottles are much cheaper if bought at grocery store than 7-11 etc. There are grocery stores located close to the school girls.
3. If you are in need of a large burger and a beer, go to The Rock Bar (I think it is on the Avenue). You can get a large burger and a beer for 100 S. Kr.
4. Internet: The players will have access to internet at the school (at times). The parents will most likely have access at their apartment or if you bring your own computer here are some places you can visit.
IT-Grottan: Chalmersgatan 27 (031-7787377)
Gameonline AB, Magasingatan 25 (031-135171)
Evas Palex, Kungsportsavenyn 39 (031-163070; this is a coffee house and internet place)
Condeco, Kungsportsavenyn (031-7114010, also a cafe and internet mix)
5. Most places sell both postcards and stamps (for example 7-11 or "Pressbyran"); stamp costs 11 S.Kr to the us.
Let me know if you have questions.
All the best,
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