Gothenburg: My Sister’s Wedding

Practically the only reason why we ended up at Gothenburg: to attend my sister’s wedding.

My sister is Catholic (by birth), and her husband-to-be is Moslem (again, by birth). And thanks to Indonesia’s medieval backwardness of a regulation, people from different religion cannot marry one another. Since none of them are particularly religious and both cannot be bothered to convert, the only solution was to get married abroad. Most Indonesians fly to Singapore or Hongkong for the occassion, but considering that my brother-in-law is half Swedish, they decided to do it in his birthtown.

So here are snippets of the wedding.

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OK, I lied. There will only be one picture (the one above) of my sister and her husband. The rests are photograph of the beautiful Gothenburg civil office, where my sister’s parents-in-law were wedded thirty-something years ago. I was so blown away by the design that I realised afterwards, I have more pictures of the building than of my sister’s wedding. By the way, my sister is wearing our Mother’s vintage wedding dress here 🙂

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Swedish design completely nailed it

Must have something to do with their Viking blood, but apparently wedding boat parties are quite common there.

About the food? Crayfish is the bomb! That’s the one thing I absolutely enjoyed in this Gothenburg trip.

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Yay yay Crayfish!

My brother-in-law kept on insisting that Gothenborg has the best pizza in the world. I had really high expectations as I love Italian pizza, but as it turned out, he did not mean pizza, pizza. Kebab pizza, is what he meant, and I personally thought they tasted awful. And, it tasted exactly as its name implies. It’s a freaking kebab! On pizza. BOO!!!

And here’s a picture of Gothenburg’s Central Station at night. Just because it’s pretty.

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Öre: Copperhill Mountain Lodge

When my sister said that we are staying at a mountain lodge somewhere in countryside Sweden, I really did not expect it to be part of Design Hotel by none-other-than Peter Bohlin! You know, the dude who designed the iconic Apple store in Times Square?

Not too far away from the hotel is an old copper mine. I guess that’s why the hotel’s called Copperhill Lodge. DUH! They use a LOT of copper for the interior. Check out the lamps and that one massive wall entirely made out of copper!

The view from the lodge was also amazing.

Copperhill Mountain Lodge would be the best place to stay if you are going to eat in Faviken, because, again, Öre is a teeny tiny village with limited choice. Hiking was awesome though.

And apparently in the winter, the whole village will transform into a popular skiing destination. Considering their July was around 15°C, I shudder to think of how cold Öre’s winter would be.

Faviken

World’s most remote restaurant. Currently number 41 on the San Pellegrino list. Getting to Öre was not an easy feat, but it was extremely worth it. I personally think Faviken deserves to be somewhere in the top 10. The overall experience was just so wonderful that my husband and I often still talk about it. The food. The service. The pairing. The view. There’s just too many things I love about the place!

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Like this rustic farm table

And their unbelievable venue!

Love love love! Would I return? YES!