Gävle goat 2017


Written by Sania

08 Jan 2018


The Goat and The Guard

December will be a good time to visit the Gävle Goat because, if it survives that year, a day after new year it will be taken down. Read the tweets from Gävlebocken here. Honestly, I thought that the goat would cover the whole field until in front of Stadsbiblioteket but my expectation was wrong. However, it was surprising to see the whole fences around the goat. The people were really determined to save the 2017 goat. Such a fortunate that their work resulted in success!

Front look of Gävlebocken
Front look of Gävlebocken 2017 | Source: Sania Saraswati
The goat glows at night
The goat glows at night | Source: Sania Saraswati

Another One in The City

When it is not December, Gävle has other interesting things to do or visit. One of them is Länsmuseet Gävleborg. This museum exhibits a range of furniture, art, and the art industry. I like art and I did some furniture design beforehand, so I find this museum as jättekul!

The County Museum Gävleborg
The County Museum Gävleborg | Source: Sania Saraswati

Luckily, the gingerbread house by Margareta Persson was in the showcase when I visited this museum. It was more like a castle, they should call it ‘Den stora pepparkaksslott’. I hope that my housemates do not see this pepparkakshuset and get inspired, otherwise Christmas this year will be a challenging one. I would definitely recommend this museum to Usisipho.

Gingerbread house by Margareta Persson
Gingerbread house by Margareta Persson | Source: Sania Saraswati
Detail of the artwork
Looks like me when I’m hungry | Source: Sania Saraswati

Then Something Happened

Have you ever see a rainbow coloured cloud? I did on my visit to Gävle. My friend recognized it for the first time and we were surprised and confused by what our eyes saw. It was the nacreous cloud, literally translated as the mother-of-pearl cloud which suits the object very well. We saw this cloud twice. One when we entered the city centre, and another while we were heading back to the train station.

Nacreous cloud in Gävle
Nacreous cloud in Gävle | Source: Sania Saraswati
Polar stratospheric cloud
Polar stratospheric cloud | Source: Sania Saraswati

The other name is the polar stratospheric cloud. As much as it pleases the eye, a type of this cloud induces the harmful effect on the ozone. It is due to the chemical reactions which convert harmless man-made chlorine into active free radicals. However, it is one phenomenon that I never expect to experience. Perhaps I would not experience it if I’m not studying in Uppsala which is near Gävle.

When you’re studying in Uppsala, you can see for yourself this magnificent Gävle Goat and tell me how you think about it! Why Uppsala? Because you only need a train ride to go to Gävle or Stockholm. Also, Uppsala is a student city that is not too small nor too big, very much in the spirit of lagom – which Lara explained about in her previous post. Remember to submit your application to University Admissions by 15th January. See you in Sweden!


Written by Sania

08 Jan 2018