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2019 - Seeing Sweden


Romme Alpin

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Romme Alpin Ski Resort

Much like Branäs, Romme Alpin is about five hours drive north of Gothenburg. Also like Branäs there is little there other than the skiing. The slopes are better than Branäs, though the apres ski is more limited, and there are a series of efficient, but officious staff who collect up skis from outside the building at 5pm regardless of if they are rented or owned, which can be an unpleasant surprise. The slopes have a lot of snow machines and a real effort is made, even in a mild winter to offer decent snow, but the difference between the two visits is marked.

Accommodation is more limited near the slopes, being focused on the resorts hotel. We stayed in a nice cabin on both occasions, but it was about ten minutes drive from the slopes.

2019 - Seeing Sweden

2019 - Seeing Sweden

In 2019, I plan to see 12 new counties in Sweden that I've not previously visited.

2019 - Seeing Sweden

Starting in November 2017 and finishing in October 2018 I spent a long weekend, each month, seeing a new city in a foreign country. Calling it my 12 Cities in 12 Months challenge, I ended up seeing eight totally new countries out of the twelve. I also spent a few weeks driving through the alps as an Alpine Adventure adding Austria and Lichtenstein to my new countries visited in 2018 and then ended the year seeing Jordan, Israel and Palestine. 

Having done all this, and bringing my total countries visited to 58, I realised I'd not seen nearly as much of my new home country of Sweden, despite being here almost three years. I've visited a reasonable number of the snowboarding locations near to Gothenburg (Åre, Branäs, Romme Alpine, Ulricehamn and Isaberg) and the big cities of Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö) but I've not seen much else that Sweden has to offer.

In 2019, I plan to see 12 new counties in Sweden that I've not previously visited. I've been to seven, and so by the end of 2019 there should be only two counties in Sweden I've not visited.

After my first trip, to Halland south of Gothenburg, I have already noticed a few differences to my international travel. The chains I've come to recognise in Gothenburg are also in these new cities, making it too easy to slip into comfortable locations. The lack of air travel means no restriction on wearing contact lenses and going to less cosmopolitan places should give me more chances to improve my Swedish.