At the end of April,
the city takes part (along with all Sweden)
in Valborg, the annual "Welcome to Spring"
Festival. This traditionally begins
with a parade of floats designed by the
local university students, and is not to
be missed. (Some of the floats may seem
quite ribald to more conservative folks,
but the residents don't mind.)
After the parade, which
takes place in the early evening, comes
the carousing. Swedes let go on this
day with as much abandon as Mardi Gras revelers.
Just walking (or elbowing your way) down
the street through all the partiers can
be challenge enough! Forget what you may
have been led to believe about the "reserved
Swede" -- none of those are in sight
this liquor-laden night!
But by the next day,
it's all cleaned up and back to business
as usual -- though with a lot
fewer people around.
If you visit in the
late spring or summer, be prepared for lots
and lots of daylight. Gothenburg is about
1500 miles from the Arctic Circle, and if
in the New World that sounds like a long
ways, it actually places the city on a rough
parallel with the southern tip of the Hudson
Bay. During late spring / summer, expect
the sun to hang around well into the night
and to wake you up early -- say 3am.
Of course, in the winter
it's--ahem!--a different story...
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