Marianne and I headed from Copenhagen to Gothenburg, Sweden to meet up with her cousin. Michael and Ulrika picked us up and the train station after a bit of horrible travel. The supposed direct train to Gothenburg had to stop because the tracks were ripped up in a spot. The plan was to bus everyone to a train station past the problem and then continue on. There were not enough buses for the people on the train and of course we did not get a seat. Regardless, after a long bus ride and some more trains we made it there a few hours late.
Michael and Ulrika were great hosts and we had a blast together. They took us into the city of Gothenburg one night which was a lot of fun and then to a old fortress the following day. Carlsten Fortress was built in 1658 on the west coast of Sweden and was a valuable asset due to it being on an ice-free port. The fortress remained an active military installation into the 1990's. The fortress was located on an island called Marstrand. A short ferry ride took you over from the mainland. The small island was a self contained little town with a few summer resort homes, the fortress, and a beautiful ocean front park. Although it was not the high season you could imagine how busy the place would be in the summer.
One of the highlights of the trip was the awesome food that Michael and Ulrika prepared for us at their home. After more then a month of traveling and eating elusively at restaurants, it was amazing to have a home cooked meal. They served traditional Swedish meals and they were perfect.