When you're going to Sweden, the first thing you should learn about is fika. (FEE-ka) It's like a coffee date (or break at work) that usually includes something sweet to eat. Gothenburg is very much a cafe city, and now that the weather is getting warmer I can feel the excitement for people to fika outside. Cafes even offer blankets with their outdoor seating when the weather isn't quite warm enough. You can have tea or a smoothie instead of coffee, and sometimes it includes a more substantial food component such as an open-faced sandwich (smörgås). Steve's colleagues have fika at least twice a day, which could be described as the Swedish equivalent of conversation around a water cooler.
My friend Jackie lives a couple blocks away, so yesterday we met in the middle at Le Pain Français. Ironically I can read the menu better there than at most Swedish cafes. Sometimes I can get the gist of something in Swedish solely on the basis of Swedish-English similarities, but French often helps me with words like umbrella (paraply/parapluie), eggplant (aubergine), and lemon (citron). I'm picking up Swedish words here and there, but Swedes are happy to practice their English when they detect that I don't speak Swedish.