It is that time of the year again, when every one starts to fear that the darkness and silence of the winter has initiated to creep in. But my observation and feelings regarding Autumn in Gothenburg have been quiet pleasant. It was in this same season that I first landed in Gothenburg, and therefore I associate the Autumn season as my first real contact to Sweden.
It has been a shame that I did not get the time and opportunity to visit Botaniska during my stay in Gothenburg so far. So last weekend me and a friend of mine decided to go for a stroll there. The motivation to do so came from a refreshingly bright and sunny day, which is quiet unique at this time of the year. So off we went walking towards Botaniska, enjoying every bit of the rejoicing weather and the soothing breeze. On our way we spotted various signs that were staring right at us, vividly announcing the arrival of Autumn. Among them were the beautiful trees, laced elegantly with red leaves that seemed to be gasping their last breaths before they fall off just to be reincarnated in the next spring. The street was carpeted with a layer of leaves that had already fallen off, and as you walk over them you can hear the rather pleasant sound of crispy flakes cracking under you, something very characteristic of this season.
We entered, via a gate that led us straight in to the woods. There is a walking track that you could follow and find your way around. The feeling of walking through the woods was very natural and lifted our moods. One feels close to nature and appreciates the subtleties in the beautiful setting of the woods; the types of trees, their look, shape, orientation, types of berries, small squirrels sneaking in around the trees and many other small details which you otherwise fail to notice in every day life. Soon we were in the central part of Botaniska, where they had an exhibition of different types of flowers. We then passed by a busy restaurant inside the premises that was, not surprisingly, filled with people enjoying the sun on a Sunday afternoon.
The most interesting aspect was the exhibition of different types of apples and pears. It was very startling to see the number of varieties displayed, each with a slightly different shape, color and taste.Each type of apple has a small tag next to it telling about how it is bred and the date the breed was first cultivated. Some of the types are available in the market while other are still off the shelves and are in the labs being modified to find the best combination. It was very heartening to see small kids and families taking great interest in such an exhibition.
We finally sat down to take-in some warmth from possibly, one of the last appearances of the sun this year. We had some coffee and snacks and strolled back to Chalmers, to work a bit on our courses. A relaxing and memorable outing indeed!