Gothenburg, Sweden
Isabel, 30
Writer, Actor & Yogi
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Yoga- Because it's awesome to share it with other people (to be able to pay it forward after giving me so much). Writing-Because I can't stop myself, and I also love to tell storys (and I think we need to talk more about mental health). Theatre (in general)- It's a collective artform, I love the entire process. Painting- I'ts fun! Cooking- my favorite hobby, I love food! Work on like a hundred projects (because I keep starting them up).... and sometimes I sleep.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Well let's say that my only task was to ask: Small or large coke? Garlic or chili sauce......

Were you born and raised in Gothenburg ? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Gothenburg ?

I was born and raised in a little town, south of Stockholm (you know the kind of town that if you sneeze while driving on the highway you will miss it). So for 19ears I studied, waited tables and made coffee. Then I fell in love.... you know the classic move cross country and end up single anyway. But I found Gothenburg. This town, where the people are nice, the rain hits you sideways and cobblestone always lead you to something good.

What’s your current hood in Gothenburg and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Guldheden, soooo eh. I lived outside of Gothenburg for almost all of my seven years here so when I my partner asked if I wanted to move in, I thought he was joking. I CAN BIKE EVERYWHERE! I love biking in the city (great way to see it by the way). And there is also a shelter for stray kittens here. Worst?.... I guess that its so hard to get apartments here (about 6 years of waiting).

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Hard one. I never hear the lyrics so I usually go for music that I feel like dancing to. So in my kitchen there is jazz playing (not so specific). In my earphones Graveyard, sail, johnossi, Movits, Puscifer, Beast (nico vega), pg lost, thåstöm... ok I have to stop myself there or I'll just go on for the rest of the day. But also it's kind of mandatory to listen to Håkan Hellström in Gothenburg, so take notes. Music I hate? Anything that I hear from my neighbors after 3a.m om a Tuesday.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Toxicity-System of a down, The Nobodies-Marilyn Manson, Quiet place-In Falmes, Come Down- OGhr, I Am the antichrist to you -Kishi Basi. Basically anything that I can listen to on full volume and forget the heartbreak for a minute.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Tru Detective (first season) beautiful picture, characters and script. American Horror Story (all seasons), I love that they use the same cast for different storys and I'm a sucker for horror movies in general. Sherlock (Iam sherlocked). Hemlock Grove, like the script and the character design.

Name some spots in Gothenburg that are good for a Tinder date.

Lisseberg, the artmuseum, taktik (a tiny café where you choose from a buffet of boardgames), or a Quizadillas night.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Well lets say he wears glasses and is the leader of the biggest racist party in sweden.....

Who’s your hero and where in Gothenburg would you take them out for a serious hang?

My father (I know, but he is my hero), he loves movies so the movieline store by the casino.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Oh I'm a big fan of second hand clothing. So Emaus on Hisingen. Myrorna on järntorget and my favorite, the flee market in slottskogen.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I guess some of the more fancy parts, like Örgryte, never been to Örgryte.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Eat at Hoze, an super exclusive sushi restaurant (they only have six seats and the chef is making each piece for you based on your taste).

Where do you go in Gothenburg for a casual night out?

Andra lång (an amazing bar street, with cheap beer and nice people, I usually go to sejdeln because it's likely you get to sit down there (otherwise everyone stands, it's crowded.

Where would you go in Gothenburg to celebrate some freaking good news?

Dubbel Dubbel, a dimsum restaurant, where the steam is covering the windows, there is good music playing, everything taste amazing and you can sit down and talk with your friends for hours.

What’s your choice of transportation in Gothenburg and why?

Bike or tram. It's a real workout to bike in gothenburg, but it's so worth it, you get everywhere fast and it's really good bike roads. Or the tram, it's a nostalgic throwback or a nice way to see the city, and also to get lost (it took me 2 years to understad how they worked).

What are the Gothenburg spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A picknick in the sunset by röda sten, a barbecue in slottskogen (or the barefoot run track). Walk in Majorna. Eat at Pinchos (an crazy circus themed app restaurant), Nona (Amazing Italian restaurant, with an Olive tree in the center of the restaurant, and Dubbel Dubbel (as mentioned above), or Blackbird (AWSOME vegan restaurant).

What are the Gothenburg spots tourists should run from screaming?

The segway tour, the paddan boats, most clubs on avenyn (except yaki da), Lisseberg on a sunny day in july (it's super fun but if you don't want to wait in line for hours, by a rain poncho and go there on a rainy day). All taxi cars except the red one "Mini Taxi", Taxi Göteborg (the one with the happy man on the side) and Uber. Nordstan (if you want to shop walk a block to kungsgatan and drottning gatan).

Tomorrow’s your last day in Gothenburg . How do you spend it?

With my partner and friends. Pancake buffet at egg and milk, a run in the forest in länsmansgården, and walk around kungsgatan and drottninggatan eating lunch at Hiku (running sushi), and have a party in Slottskogen, dancing barefoot till dawn.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Paris? Is that a cliche? eh... I really liked Kajuraho where I studied yoga.... maybe seattle because of my relatives there....oh help me find it!!!

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