Analog, Sweden

The slow Gothenburg farewell

April 2, 2011

Last Summer Johan and I said We must move to Berlin, we can’t stay in Gothenburg for much longer (we said that the year before, and the year before that and so on ;)) and we started making plans to move here in March or April 2011. I started taking farewell to my favourite places and streets in Gothenburg, slowly, because I thought we were going to move much later than we did. Went to Berlin in October and December to look at apartments and fell madly in love with the one we live in now, it was available immediately and no one else wanted it. Went back to Gothenburg and packed down all our stuff, booked movers, Johan quit his job and 2 weeks later we left Gothenburg. I lived there for 11,5 years. I wonder what I will miss (other than my friends), it’s too soon to tell already.

Looking at these pictures I know I am very happy not living in my old apartment anymore, it was awful from time to time because of paper thin walls and a complete nuts neighbour with even more nuts friends (who actually tried to break into my apartment and drag me out naked to hit me, because I asked them to stop screaming in the stairwell in the middle of the night, very nice indeed, I think they woke me up approx 85% of all nights).

What do you like best about your home?

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  • Reply Andaje April 2, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Wonder if your old neightbour and my neighbour are related in some way? Good that you escaped your noisy neighbours :o)

    Your picture with the chairs – LOVE IT!!

  • Reply angelica April 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

    oh sandra, i am so happy for you and the new life you have just embarked on. you had some terrible time at that old flat of yours and i so wish you look back one day and laugh at your adventures.
    what i like the most about my flat in athens is the area's good vibes; i have some beautiful people to smile at and say good morning to. also, the view over the local hill. but mostly, all the fun i have with my people.
    p.s. your photos today are just lovely!

  • Reply Samantha April 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Oh Gothenburg, nice to see you again! And yikes, I didn't know your neighbours were so crazy! I'm glad you don't have to deal with that anymore.

    The thing I like best about my apartment is the view. I live on the 16th floor and there is only one tall building near me, so I have a basically unobstructed view of the city, including Lake Ontario. On a clear day, I can see a smokestack on the other side of the lake.

  • Reply Luise April 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    these look so different from berlin, so quiet and serene…
    about my home i love that i live so close to the tempelhof airfield, where i can walk and play with hermann, and that there is an organic food market on saturdays.

  • Reply Shona~ LALA dex press April 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    The thing I like best is that we own our house and no more landlords. Neighbors were rarely a problem, it was always crazy landlords.

  • Reply Alita April 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    the best about my home its that i live in South america!!..thats nice!..really nice..
    and i love my little house, and from the window you can see the sea..
    hugs from Chile

  • Reply Anne April 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I'm in love with my neighborhood and my parisian staircase!

  • Reply Jodi Anderson April 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is absolutely frightening. I am so glad that you and Johan are living the life that you have wanted.

    I grew up in a very rural area with no neighbors. I now live in the village that my family is from, and I like it quite a lot although I'm not used to people being able to see me when I work in the yard and such. I like to be left along and when I go outside, people like to come along and say "hello". I'm such an introvert and I wish that they just didn't notice me.

  • Reply malin April 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    fina göteborg! skönt att du slipper de där svinen!

  • Reply Yielly April 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    The first two pictures are definitely my favourite. 🙂 I love the darker lighting in them. 🙂

    And ugh. Neighbours. I'm so glad that I know who all mine will be for next year. What a relief.

    Hmmm….I don't really have a home right now. I don't live at home with my family anymore, but my dorm isn't really 'home' either. :

  • Reply satu April 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    i like the buildings, they are 2 story apartment buildings built in early 50's. location is great too, an island 15 minutes from the center. so lots of nature and the sea is always near. however i have been living in helsinki for almost 10 years now and it never felt like home, i can't say i love the city. i'm dreaming of moving, i guess not to another city in finland but somewhere else. i miss big cities, i miss finding unexpected things while walking around, a little bit shorter winter would be great too… 🙂

  • Reply Charlyn W April 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Love these captures of those tiny quiet moments – a perfect farewell tribute to Göteborg!

    Hmmm, fave things about my apartment are the Sandra Juto artwork and Johan's little sailor…heeheeheeeheeee 😉

    Happy Saturday! 😀

  • Reply máni April 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    wonderful photos! love the one with the plants by the window and the yarn balls.

    we are dealing with a crazy neighbour right now. she's a creepy woman who sings terrible songs all the time and stands on her balcony pretending to be in a music video. it would be funny if it wasn't so weird. :/

    what i like most about my flat is that it's in the scruffiest building in the street and has got so much character. and it has a south-facing balcony and a bathtub.

  • Reply Snows April 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Crazy neighbours! I have in my mind the image of all Swedish people so polite, I thought that only the Spanish neighbours were shouting at night! ;P
    And what I love more of my house of Barcelona is having a garden! Have a nice weekend Sandra!

  • Reply nikaela marie April 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    the second photo is so fun to look at. so many lines. xx

  • Reply P I A April 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I love silence all day (when the windows are closed ;)), sun coming through a window to bright my day, shadows on the walls in the evening, wholes in my wooden floor, last but not least I love sharing the house and life with my husband 🙂 Happy Spring and have a bright sunny Sunday!

  • Reply Ika April 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I love the high ceiling, the windows and all the daylight that they flood the apartment with. I also love the view of the park and the sea from two of the windows, and the fact that nobody can see into this apartment from the outside.

  • Reply anne April 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I love the wooden grey-bluish floor, the height of the rooms and of the windows, the LIGHT during sunny days and the little balcony with flowers and just about the right size for meals in the sun.

  • Reply madeline April 3, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I love that it's ours. We live in a noisy apartment, but are young, and newly married, so we're just happy to have a place all to ourselves. I love your photos!


  • Reply Java Venus April 3, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I have lived in my home for 21.5 years. Currently, I am packing my belongings to move to another state to be with my husband. At the same time, I am happy and I am sad.

    What I love about this home is that this has been the place I brought all five of my babies from the hospital. We have made a lot of wonderful memories here.

    Best wishes for your new home and happy life, too.

    I really like your blog.

  • Reply handmade romance April 3, 2011 at 5:45 am

    your pictures are always so beautiful and calm. there was no guess your old place had paper thin wall and you sleepless nights. i like my place because its were i get to share time with the person i love and my cat, oh and the nights are quiet too : )

  • Reply kristina April 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

    vilka fina bilder!
    men usch, fruktansvärt vilka grannar du hade! det jag tycker bäst om med mitt hem är just att det är tyst (hade en granne som spelade elgitarr på förra stället jag bodde på) och ljust.

  • Reply suewan April 3, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I love the colour of the wooden floors upstairs and vaulted ceiling in my house and the privacy of the garden out back. I also love the space of my house as my old house was very small and there wasn't enough room to swing a cat.
    I love that I can walk to work and don't have the stress of commuting to work daily on public transport as well.

  • Reply anne b. April 3, 2011 at 8:08 am

    oh, those neighbors sound awful!
    my apt. has big windows, from the ceiling to the floor, that look out over an allotment plot where people from around the neighborhood grow vegetables. it's different every day, I love it.

  • Reply Marthaamay O_o April 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Happy moving! Big goodbyes to the horrible neighbours.

    I like living where I do because I am in the city, but on a hill, so I can see out, and I don't feel hemmed in. I like the trees and I like the view of rooftops from my bathroom window.

  • Reply Heather April 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Congrats on escaping the crazy neighbors! The pictures in this post are lovely; I especially like the 2nd one, with the chairs, and the 4th one, with those arched windows.

    I live in a 2nd-floor apartment, and the front room (living room/where we have our dining table) has 3 windows facing east, so it gets a lot of good light on sunny days. Sunlight on hardwoord floors = swoon.

  • Reply Marta Vargas April 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I love to see your pictures of Gothenburg. I'm living here for six months (do you remind me? 🙂 ) and I'm totally in love with this city… I'm planning to come to live here as soon as my bachelor permits me do it… I love the cafés, the houses, the swedish people, HDK, the nature… i'm in love with all around here.
    When I had to choose my erasmus destination, your blog pushed me to choose Gothenburg, so I'm really thankful to you.
    Now I want to travel to Berlin soon! 😛

  • Reply suzie April 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    scary story!
    I love where I live. It's a crumbling rural French stone house where my family can make us much noise as we like.

  • Reply nina April 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I had nor idea it was so bad at your old apartment! So glad you are not in that situation anymore 🙂

  • Reply sandrajuto_6360gn April 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    nina > no i didn't want to complain about it on my blog, want to keep this a nice place, but sometimes some things just pop out anyway 🙂

  • Reply emma April 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    fan vilken skön känsla att liksom inte ångra sin flytt utan helt tvärtom!! åh ljuva känsla!! förstår dig dessutom.
    det bästa med mitt hem är………att det är ett hus med träggård, glsaverandan och kakelugnen, det ljusa, alla rum, att det bara är vi vi vi som bor härinne och att det är så fint omkring. att vakna o höra tystnad, fåglar och en kossa utanför om sommaren. sjön som ligger nära. allt det. grattis båda ni till att ni följde hjärtat!

  • Reply Eva / Sycamore Street Press April 4, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Besides my husband and baby? I love the views of the mountains and the clear light from each window.
    You may not think this roll turned out very well, but I think you have some stunners here.

  • Reply fliss April 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

    So happy for you that you made the move, it sounds great & your apartment looks gorgeous (Instagram) 🙂
    We live in a Queenslander (style of old wooden house designed for the hot tropical climate in Australia) and my favourite things here are our big outside covered deck and rambling garden with vegetables & chooks, the 3 metre high ceilings, wooden walls and floors which my kids can't destroy. We have done some renovating… pulling down walls/painting etc…, its been fun and hard with 3 little kids. Hopefully one day i may finish painting the outside black, if we don't move before then… a change would be good too!!
    Happy days to you both without those horrid neighbours.

  • Reply sudio April 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Hiya Sandra – I love that my home looks 'small' from the front but is really misleading and bigger inside – I like that 'suprise' of it – it was built in 1922 (the front/small part) and one fella added on to the back and put in a basement. I Love my home – it is my place to re-energize and b creative 😉 I once had a visitor comment on how 'cosy' it was (not meant to be a compliment) so I found this cool old spoon rest that is now on the wall (take that rude lady!): 'My House' – My house is small, no mansion for a millionaire, but there is room for love, and there is room for friends, that's all I care! Enjoy your summmer weather! you rock. love su in manitoba

  • Reply Kerry Hawkins April 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Wow, you in a much better place now. Having bad neighbors stinks! I don't really love my home per se, but I love my town. There is so much to do and great, supportive community. It is important.

  • Reply Julie April 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    oh no-that sounds awful!

    My place is an apartment in my husbands grandparents house. There are always old knick knacks and treasures around. I love that.

  • Reply michelle April 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    so glad you have it easier now. 🙂
    we live in a huge converted victorian house and i love that it is old with high ceilings and pretty carvings around the light fittings, with huge huge old windows. it has character, like your new home.

  • Reply sara April 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    ljuset, hur det förändrar allt.

  • Reply Diacritique April 5, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Hej Sandra

    hopefully, Gothenburg is nice because we're going to spend 3 weeks there in july/august!!
    Actually, we're going to Brännö island…
    any tips? (we have 2 sons, one who's 6 and one who's 1 year-old)
    Thank you!

  • Reply sc April 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm


    As I´ve left Bangkok couple days ago and I´m currently homeless in Helsinki I gotta say..
    "What I most love about my home is the people who I share it with."

    Rainy greetings to Berlin. I had a quick stop at Tegel two days ago 😉

  • Reply anni April 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

    wow! that is awful about your old neighbours.I have awful neighbours now that shout everyday at their children and neglect their pets. trying not to let it ruin my life and hope for better home in the future… glad you are happier now 🙂

  • Reply Ulrike April 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Were your nuts neighbours in Gothenburg or in Berlin?
    Your new home looks lovely. Wooden floor is very nice.
    In my opinion it's very very cool that you moved to Berlin. I like Berlin a lot and visit it from time to time enjoying real "Großstadt-Feeling".
    Funny enough, I find it easy there for orientation most of the time, even by bike. I like cycling in Berlin.
    I like that my home is quiet most of the time, that we own it, that we have a lovely garden, that it's green around.
    When I was younger, I liked living in the middle of a town.

  • Reply Zana Fauzi April 16, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I wish you all the best in the new place, Sandra. I am moving back to my own hometown in 2 months too – I have been living in Kuala Lumpur for the past 10 years, and as much as I used to believe this city could give me everything I need, I was wrong.

    Your nuts neighbors sound awful, I'm glad you're moving away from them. Have fun!

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