#LocalLens: Coffee, Pastries and the Sea in Gothenburg with @cimek
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A relaxed pace of life paired with quality pastries and coffee helped lure photographer Cim Ek (@cimek) to move from Stockholm to the coastal city of Gothenburg, Sweden. “One of the best things about being in Gothenburg is that you have the west coast archipelago nearby,” she says. “For the same price as a tram ticket you can get out and explore some of the gorgeous islands like Vrångö, Donsö or Asperö. There is a never-ending beauty on these small and charming islands and I love to go shoot here off-season when it’s windy and cold.” When she’s not outside, Cim can be found inside a coffee shop. “We have lots of Swedish specialties that one should try, especially the kanelbulle,” she says, referring to Sweden’s version of the cinnamon roll. “We have a word in Swedish that means having a coffee and pastry, called fika. We have at least one fika a day here!”
Gothenburg’s districts provide ample photo opportunities, Cim explains. “Here you have a little bit of everything! The cute cobble streets and old buildings of Haga; the newly built area with fantastic architecture in Lindholmen; the typical Gothenburg buildings called Landshövdingehus in Majorna. It’s also great that we have the canal running through the center of the city that connects to the ocean.”
Here are some of Cim’s favorite places to shoot photos in Gothenburg:
Lindholmen — “For someone who likes architecture, this is the place to visit. One of the highlights is the Kuggen building. You can also enjoy a walk along the canal.”
Redbergsparken — “A small park with an amazing view. Redbergsparken is located so that one can see pretty much the whole city. It’s perfect for late sunsets, and for New Year’s and fireworks.”
Lake Delsjön — “There is a lot of nature and parks in and around Gothenburg. I really enjoy shooting in all the different seasons. One of my favorite areas is around Lake Delsjön.”
Götaplatsen — “This is the plaza where the Gothenburg Museum of Art is located, a beautiful building to shoot. I love the architecture and the lines and shapes of the pillars and stairs. Climb the stairs for a view of downtown of Gothenburg. The plaza is a perfect place to have a drink and enjoy the sunset in the summertime.”
What is your opinion on the city of Gothenburg, architecturally and infrastructurally speaking?
Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. Situated by the Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden, the city proper has a population of 548,190, with 549,839 in the urban area and 982,360 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. via
A walk around town today with my friend. The weather in Gothenburg Sweden is fascinating. Today it was around -3 C and I promise you it felt like -20. It’s becouse the air is wet-buld so when its windy you will think it’s about -30 but it really is like 2 or -3… But i love Gothenburg anyway! And i could capture some off centered pictures of my friend.
In 1930, in the throes of the Great Depression, cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg decided to conduct an experiment. He replaced the three daily eight-hour shifts at his plant in Battle Creek, Michigan with four six-hour shifts. The results? The company hired hundreds of new people, production costs plummeted, and employees operated more efficiently, learning to prioritize leisure over work. Vestiges of the system remained in place until 1985.
Now the Swedish city of Gothenburg is considering a similar experiment. The governing coalition has proposed a year-long trial that would divide some municipal workers into a test and control group at the same pay rate, with the test group working six-hour days and the control group working the traditional eight. (It’s unclear how, or if, a lunch break will factor into the scheme.)
“We’ll compare the two afterwards and see how they differ,” Mats Pilhem, city councilor and Left Party member, told The Local. “We hope to get the staff members taking fewer sick days and feeling better mentally and physically after they’ve worked shorter days.” He added that increased efficiency at the workplace could create more jobs in Gothenburg. The opposition Moderate Party, for its part, has accused Sweden’s crusading six-hourers of trying to drum up votes ahead of elections.