Time to explain yesterday’s post. Last year we were at a cat show in Göteborg that was held in a venue behind Central Station. Walking over to it, we discovered a 3D map of the projected growth of the city in the next 15-20 years, including the renovation of the transportation hub and surrounding area. Called Västlänken (the West Link), the project is basically Göteborg’s version of Boston’s Big Dig.
The map shows the existing city, the changes made by Västlänken, and then an imaginative projection of what Future Göteborg might look like.
I call it a map, but it’s is actually more like an ironwork sculpture. It’s really cool to look at…and interestingly cat proportioned.
It kind of reminded me of the chase scenes in Zootopia/Zootropolis when Judy and Nick chase the weasel.
Jacoby seemed to really enjoy exploring it.
Included on the map is the Hisingsbron Bridge, currently under construction and planned for completion in 2022. It will replace the existing Göta älv Bridge, which is falling into disrepair…again, very similar to Boston!
Jake’s been over the Zakim Bridge in Boston…I wonder if he recognised the similarity?
Erm…Jake? You do realise you’re standing in the harbour, right?
I really like the little model of the Barken Viking. It’s actually a hotel now!
I love how the model even has little trees along the waterfront.
And here we have Jake bridging the bridge!
Travelling in the pet car on a Swedish train is always interesting.
You never know with whom you’ll be sharing the car.
I love how Izaak and Lorelai are not at all fazed by other animals, especially dogs.
At most, they’re just curious.
On the train to the show on Friday, we shared the car with a woman and her lovely Japanese Spitz.
He looked like a fox! It was so much fun watching the cats look at him, completely unafraid and only curious.
On the train ride to Göteborg for this past weekend’s show, Lorelai and Izaak were being extra cuddly with Björn.
Zak insisted on being against Björn’s chest, and Rory…
…Rory wanted to hug Daddy’s arm.
Björn was trying to read something on his phone. They were making it as difficult as they could.
In the cutest possible way, of course.
After collecting Alfred, we boarded our train and got settled in our seats. We folded up the stroller, and Jacoby sat on the seat next to Kalle.
We set Freddy’s carrier on the table and opened it up.
“Are you sure about this?”
Freddy was quick to get out and explore the train and his new humans.
He was fascinated by the landscape speeding past.
Then he went to “help” Kalle on his laptop.
Like, literally on his laptop.
That’s our Freddy, always helpful, right from the very start.
Some things don’t change.
Then he decided to lie awkwardly all over the table, taking up as much space a he possibly could. He’s still really good at this, too.
Finally, he started to get drowsy…and settled down on my lap to sleep the rest of the trip. Awww…
Here’s a little video I shot of Freddy’s first train trip.
Still processing everything from the show. On Sunday, neither Lorelai nor Izaak were nominated, so it was a fairly peaceful show day. We just sat and talked to people. I got to talk to Göran, my one-time nurse, and found out an interesting fact that no one bothered to mention before: Not only could I have lost my finger or hand from the infection caused by the cat bite…I could have lost my life! So, everyone reading, please remember: If you are bitten in the hand or finger by a cat and it becomes at all swollen…go to an ER immediately. Don’t waste time at a local urgent care.
Our train ride home was interesting, though. On Swedish trains, there are special pet compartments that are the only places animals are allowed. In this particular pet car, there were only nine seats…and we had two cats and four dogs! We boarded the train in Göteborg with a very well behaved rescue dog from Greece. He lived with cats and was not at all fazed by Zak and Rory. When a Border Collie got on a few stations later, though, the dog reacted. The Border Collie and his human sat in the doorway. Then in Falköping, we were joined by a Bedlington Terrier and a Chinese Crested!
Their human was delighted to see a Singapura in person and had to have a photo. She said her friend, who had a Somali, would be so jealous that she had met a Singa.
Rory in particular was fascinated by the Chinese Crested. She never puffed up, growled or hissed, and she actually got up the nerve to touch the dog’s ear with her nose!
We’re at a cat show this weekend, but I am still processing the photos I took today, so I don’t have a show report prepared yet.
So instead, let’s talk about getting to the show, which is a two-hour train ride to Stockholm and then a commuter train to a hotel near the show hall.
We took the train from Skövde to Stockholm. This was Lorelai’s second train ride with us, and Izaak’s first since I collected him from Arlanda’s cargo department back in June. It’s Rory’s second show, and Zak’s first.
In our car, there was another animal passenger, a black French bulldog. This was very interesting to Rory and Zak.
Although perhaps not as interesting as Björn’s sandwich…
Our first train ride with two kittens was mostly uneventful.
“Mostly” being the operative word. Zak managed to slip his harness and hide under a seat in another section of the train. That was fun.
There was also an interesting moment when the Frenchy got off the train.
It was pretty late when we finally checked into our hotel room (Rory’s second, Zak’s first), but they wasted no time getting comfortable.
And they were adorably comfortable…
…until Zak decided he would rather be comfortable with his IKEA mouse…
Björn and I went to Copenhagen for a short holiday last week. We stayed in a nice (but HOT) hotel right next to Copenhagen’s Central Station. It was a perfect location, walking distance to everything, close to everything…including the famous Tivoli Gardens. It opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world (the oldest is also in Denmark. Apart from having the oldest wooden roller coaster, it has shows, Halloween and Christmas festivals, fireworks, an adjacent hotel, and a number of restaurants and shops.
Including the only Build-a-Bear store in Scandinavia.
As you may recall, Jacoby loved going to the Build-a-Bear shop in Faneuil Hall, so when I saw souvenir T-shirts there, I knew I had to get him one.
It’s been a while since Jake’s worn any of his outfits, but as you can see, he’s still got it!