Photographer's Note

This is from the ferry across the Gota River. There are two very clear signs here that say “STÅ BAKOM GULA LINJEN VID TILLÄGGNING” (“STAND BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE AT DOCKING”).

There is also a sign with a translation for tourists that says “Please wait behind the yellow line”. If you let Google translate this to Swedish, it will come out as “Vänta bakom den gula linjen”. And if you let Google again translate this back to English, it will be “Wait behind the yellow line”.

The little word “please” is obviously lost in translation! We never use that word in Sweden!

But the little girl here was indeed very anxious to obey the strict rules and she placed her feet very carefully behind the yellow line. Of course, her parents admonished her very carefully.

The ferries across the river are called “Älvsnabben”. If you read Wikipedia on this subject, you will indeed find a long and interesting note about this Naval base in the Stockholm archipelago.

But in Gothenburg we have a different interpretation of this name. Here it is a combination of the word “Älv” (river) and “Snabb” (quick or fast), hence the quick ferry across the river (the last “en” is the definite article).

The ferry is here arriving at Eriksberg, once a big shipyard. Some buildings still remain, but most of the area has been rebuilt with new (and expensive) flats.

If you look here and put the yellow man at the red marker, you can see some of these buildings. You can also look at the river and see the ferry arrive (with all passengers behind the yellow line).

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