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China, Chengjiang by Min

Together with Min we are discovering Chengjiang in Yunnan Province. The first place to go would be area around Fa Xian lake. All the sports associated with water are possible here. However, even so popular place has its secrets. Just few years ago the ancient city Weibo was discovered at the bottom of the lake. The history of its inhabitants remain unknown.
Since Min is taking care of Chinese tourists in Sweden, he also reveals the ‘top places’ in Sweden. (according to Asian guests).

Canada, Vancouver Island by Chelsea

If you think that Gothenburg is striking due to its natural surroundings, the area of Vancouver Island may leave you speechless. On 32 134 km2 there are two provincial parks and on national park reserve. Otherwise the Island is a puzzle of few small towns, every with its own identity and charm. Chealsea gives a hint how the everyday life looks like in here.
However, when she is compering her place to Gothenburg, she refers to Vancouver city, not the islands and…Hmm…It seems that there is a space for improvement in Gothenburg. It might be interesting to know what can be done better, hmm?

Due to technical problems the show can be a bit unsettled at the beginning. However, it refers only to the Friday broadcast. On Saturday everything come back to normal state.

Italy, casatenovo by Andrea

Casatenovo is a small village with 12 000 inhabitants, situated 35 km. north from Milano, on the peripheries of Alps. It is very picturesque place: surrounded by lakes, hills and mountains. Even if it might sounds like calm environment-but it is not. During the day there is scooter traffic on the narrow streets, while at the weekends’ nights pubs and bars are full of music and laughter.
In Gothenburg Andrea is ‘parting like an Italian’. He never ‘sticks’ to one place. The goal is to discover as many good hubs for social meetings as possible. What does he enjoy in the city the most? Not surprisingly, he really admires how convenient is to travel with the public transportation.

Russia, Nizhny Novgorod by Xenia


Nizhny Novgorod was introduced by Xenia as the fifth biggest city in Russia with its 1,5 milion inhabitants. It is an important transit point. Since 1221 all kind of materials, exotic spices and hand-crafted goods were transported along the main river – Volga - straight to Moskov and Kazan. Back then there was just a small Cremlin (old town) protected from intruders by bricked walls. Now it is a huge metropolis, attracting young people with educational possibilities at Lubachevski University and Since Center. As the tourist you cannot miss walk along the Pakrovka street, enjoy it XIX century charm and discover local products such as: matrioshka or gzelka. From the old town you can also admire the view on an enormously wide riverbed of Volga and spacious russian landscape.
What then Xenia opinion about Gothenburg – in comparison to her home town? No better way to get to know then just listen to the show.


Mexico, Mexico City by Alfredo


When arrived first time in Gothenburg, Alfredo was surprised by the local weather. The picture he carried in his mind was a snowy wonderland. The things he experienced were mainly rain and wind and… very calm atmosphere.
Mexico City, where he is coming from, has around 24 million people living there. There is nothing like this place. It is one of the biggest cities in the world. It is built on a lake and it is sinking every year even to 9 m. (Or actually on an island on the lake. The lake was dried and creates now unstable fundaments due to clay substrate). However, the general altitude is high: 2 240 m above the sea level. This condition makes hard to compete for the coming sportsmen during international tournaments. It was prominent especially during the first Olympics organized there in 1968. Several athletes were complaining that the high altitude is affecting in a negative way their physical competitiveness.
Does it mean that the Mexico City can make you tired faster? Definitely it will not make you bored.
A very good point to start exploring the place is La Condesa-the equivalent of Haga in Gothenburg. It is an area raised during the colonial times. Nowadays old buildings are adapted as pubs and cafés.
Mexico City is not reach in natural resources, while citizens of Gothenburg have an opportunity to be in touch with nature. Thanks to that Alfredo was able to discover a new passion-fishing! He was never doing it before, when now it is part of his life.


China, Beijing by Shanlin

When first time Shanlin arrived to Gothenburg he didn’t imagine that one day he would call ‘his city’. But now, after five years, even living in Stockholm, he claims that Gothenburg feels ‘home’ for him. For the once who would like to explore the place he suggest a trip by bike. According to Shanlin there is no better way of socializing than cycling in a wonderful landscape. However, there is specially one place he suggests to visit: a Volvo museum. Volvo is a Swedish automobile manufacturer, headquartered in Gothenburg. It presents is strongly impacting both city history and current status.
And Beijing? Beijing seems to have no secrets from Shanlin. At the same time there is no way to summarize all the possibilities it offers. Unfortunately it does not always apply for local students, since they have no time for anything apart from studying. They enjoy their free time in shopping malls discovering all the novelties market offers. Shopping is apparently a big part of their lives.
If you would like to know a bit more about this place –there is just one solution:listen to the interview with Shanlin :)

Poland, Stetin and Świnoujście by Paulina


Paulina is coming from polish coastal city Świnoujście. The city official boarders embrace 44 islands, when only 3 are inhabited. The only way commute between all of them is to take a ferry since there are no bridges. The place looks wonderful during the summer days. Unfortunately tourists already discovered it. (Especially kite surfers admire great wind conditions.) That is why if you want to avoid the crowds better came here in early autumn.
From the other hand Stetin is more popular on the ordinary day basis. It is the adjacent, much larger city with an appealing night life. Definitely more attractive for young people: here are main universities.
Asked about Gothenburg, Paulina has a distance to what is called ‘tourist attractions’. Even for newcomers she recommends her favorite walk along the river: from Brunnsparken till Älvsborg bridge.
For the once staying a bit longer here, she suggests to visit city library. She feels that libraries in Gothenburg are more sort of cool spots to hang out rather then places to study.


Sweden, Linköping by Kerstin


Today ... there will be a small talk about differentces between two swedish cities Göteborg and Linköping. One is situated at the coast while the other in the main land at the lake. One is a bit bigger and developing much faster then the other. What are the trends, habits of citizens and language alterations? Everything will be explained step by step by Kerstin.


Austria, Leoben by Fabian

Fully passionate chemist and guitarist player Fabian is describing for us a small but charming student city: Leoben. He compares the student lifestyle in Austria with the one he experience here in Gothenburg.
Moreover, he gives a deep insight into the music production possibilities both in Sweden and his homeland. To make the hole interview even more convincing he plays all the songs -presented in the recording- by himself.

Austria, Vienna by Harald


The new life hadn’t stated for Harald with moving to Sweden. The real change of lifestyle came later: with the moment his daughter was born. For this reason he took his time to discover all the places in the city welcome for parents with children. Especially parks like Botaniska Trädgården or Svarte mosse.
The Nordic countries are exceptional in terms how the public places are adjusted to the necessities of parents with very small kids. In contrary to Austria, in Sweden almost all public toilets provide places to change diapers. That’s how same facilities, barely unnoticeable for someone who does not need them, can be crucial for the once who does.
Even if Harald is happy with his life in Gothenburg, there are some moments when he misses Vienna. The more memories he calls the longer is the list of spots worthy to visit in this city. Obligatory is a walk through the old town, along narrow streets of the center. Sightseeing should include visit in city hall, cathedral and at least one cafeteria in order to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of the old town. Highly recommended is also a detour to the winery at the outskirts, on the small hill, from where the great view is stretching on the Vienna’s panorama. In case someone would like to have some rest Harald advices to drop in Schweizer House café (Swiss House) or in Lantman café. Hmm… Let’s try it out!


AGORA is a talk-show,
where together with my guests in the studio,
we are trying to find a new perspective
of the city of Gothenburg:

Inside out and outside in.

In order to get a new point of view of the city we are presenting Gothenburg in a juxtaposition to a wide array of place all around the world.

My guests are citizens of Gothenburg: some of them have been living here just few months, while the others-for few years. They are coming from different places all around the world. They are inviting the listeners to their hometowns and comparing their cities to Gothenburg (the outside in perspective).

Some of my interlocutors have been living in Gothenburg (or in its close neighbourhood) since they are born. They are sharing with their experience of this city as a point of departure to discover other remote places. They are comparing the other spots to Gothenburg (inside out perspective).

All in all, the program is about presenting other cities vs Gothenburg.

You are also welcome to join the program as my guest!
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Enjoy the show :)!


Edyta Swiatek.

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